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!
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