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The five best places to work around the world

Written by Tony Loxton
Sep 5

For the vast majority of us, the workplace constitutes a significant part of where we spend our daily lives. If you work a standard eight hours per day, you’re spending 33% of your week in the office – which begs the question: is your workplace somewhere that you’d voluntarily spend a sizeable chunk of your life if it didn’t come part-and-parcel with your job?

Depending on the industry, organisation and physical location you work in, your expectations might vary dramatically, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: a workplace that inspires, rather than one that stifles, is far better for business. In this blog, we’ve rounded up five of the most inspiring, unconventional and all-round best places to work around the world.

Google’s Mountain View, California Campus, USA

As the company that practically wrote the book on unconventional and inspiring workplace design, it’s inevitable that Google would feature somewhere on this list. In fact, just about all of Google’s offices could make an appearance on a ‘best places to work’ list – just look at their New York or Dublin offices for other amazing examples.

Google’s Mountain View, California Campus, USA

However, their original global headquarters in Mountain View, California – also known as the Googleplex – is where it all started. Google employees get around campus on company-provided bikes and scooters, whether they’re racing from one conference room to another, meeting some friends for a game of beach volleyball at lunch or taking a trip to the rock-climbing wall. Check out some more amazing photos of the Googleplex.

Selgas Cano, Madrid, Spain

Having all the modern bells and whistles in your workplace is great, but sometimes there’s no better inspiration than nature herself. That’s the sentiment behind Selgas Cano’s revolutionary ‘forest office’, which takes the form of a tube-like structure, partially sunk into the forest floor and with a large window and skylight running along the entirety of one side.

Selgas Cano, Madrid, Spain

This eliminates the need for artificial lighting during the day while providing breathtaking views of the forest and its inhabitants. Because the building is partially below ground, employees sit at eye-level to the forest floor for a ‘bug’s eye view’ of their surroundings. The submerged floor also keeps the office cool during Spain’s sweltering summer heat, and provides excellent insulation in winter. For nature lovers, this is certainly one of the best places to work in the world. Here are some more pictures of the glass offices.

Red Bull, London, UK

Red Bull is a company with a presence in many different spheres – music, parties, extreme sports, the arts – and when they set about designing new premises in London in 2010, one of the central requirements of the brief was for the new space to reflect the brand’s involvement in these eclectic areas. Red Bull’s London offices combine four separate buildings, which are connected aesthetically and visually.

Red Bull, London, UK

The original character of the old buildings has been preserved, with large shop-front windows on ground-level and exposed brickwork throughout, while modern finishes like a central staircase add a contemporary twist and connect the lounge and reception with all the offices above. Have a look at some more photos of Redbull's HQ.

Missing Link, Cape Town, South Africa

Having been nominated as the World Design Capital in 2014, Cape Town is in no short supply of innovative business people and unconventional workplaces. But the hippest of them all has to be presentation experts, Missing Link.

Missing Link, Cape Town, South Africa

Google and the like have set the bar high for zany office spaces, but the Missing Link offices are an exercise in suspending disbelief. in addition to the fireman’s pole and manic interior design, Missing Link also features a shooting range, a boardroom in a real-life treehouse, and even an in-house tattoo parlour that offers free tattoos to employees (and yes, it’s called Missing Ink). If you’re in touch with your inner child, Missing Link is certainly one of the best places to work on the planet. Check out more photos of Missing Link's office.

Blix, Port Melbourne, Australia

Of course, a blog about the best places to work around the world wouldn’t be complete without us mentioning Blix’s own workspaces. The Blix office is a modern, beautifully designed collaborative working space in the heart of Port Melbourne. Our spaces are specifically built with collaborative work and creative freedom in mind. We offer more than 50 workstations with optional standing desks, gourmet coffee and tea, as well as sparkling water and beer on tap to help you feel at home no matter how you work. We also offer flexible rental terms, regular networking events, enterprise-grade fibre internet connectivity and three separate meeting and conference rooms – plus multiple breakout areas and couches if you want a change of scenery.

Blix, Port Melbourne, Australia

A good working environment can make all the difference when it comes to the way your business functions. If you’d like to join our team and see what it’s like to work in one of Australia’s most inspiring workspaces, check out the current vacancies on our careers page to see if you could be the next member of the Blix team.

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