This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings – a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

Most of the companies for whom those offices were created are already widely familiar: pretty much anyone can recognize a part of their brand identity incorporated into their every-day life. But what is more important, they have seemingly become pioneers in a very different, contemporary office culture which calls it a day for segregated cubicles and celebrates open space, free flow of people and ideas and the blurring of the thick line between work and play. It will probably take a while before installing slides leading to a gourmet cafeteria becomes a worldwide corporate standard, but most of those companies have been instrumental in creating global trends, so this might actually be a glimpse of the fun-filled future of workplaces for all of us!

 Scott Brownrigg: Google Offices

Scott Brownrigg: Google Officesimage: Scott Brownrigg

pS Arkitektur: Skype Office

pS Arkitektur: Skype Office image: Jason Strong

Elding Oscarson: No Picnic

Elding Oscarson: No Picnicimage: Åke E:son Lindman

O + A: Facebook Headquarters 

O + A: Facebook Headquartersimage: Cesar Rubio

O + A: AOL Offices

O + A: AOL Offices image: Jasper Sanidad

Dan Pearlman: MTV Networks Headquarters

Dan Pearlman: MTV Networks Headquartersimage: diephotodesigner.de

COA: Red Bull Offices

COA: Red Bull Officesimage: COA

Ministry Of Design: Leo Burnett Office

Ministry Of Design: Leo Burnett Office image: Ministry Of Design

Joost Van Blejswijk & Alrik Koudenburg: Nothing Office

Joost Van Blejswijk & Alrik Koudenburg: Nothing Officeimage: www.homedit.com

Camenzind Evolution: Google EMEA Engineering Hub

Camenzind Evolution: Google EMEA Engineering Hub image: Camenzind Evolution