This may not have been the year of in-person office unveilingsâ€”but the environments of yesteryear are quickly adapting to herald in the workplaces of the future. Here are the top 10 offices waiting patiently for its occupants to return.
1. TikTok Arrives Stateside in a Gensler-Designed Los Angeles Headquarters
It started out as a Chinese video dance app. Then kids picked it up for their 15-second bursts. Adults, of course, followed suit, and now TikTok is a global phenomenon. Genslerâ€™s vibrant design of the company's first American headquarters is housed in a building in the Culver City sector of Los Angeles. TikTok comes stateside on three floors that incorporate two additional mezzanines to total 120,000 square feet. Naturally, a sense of movement, intrinsic to TikTokâ€™s culture, pervades.
2. Jay-Z Taps Jeffrey Beers for the Musicianâ€™s Roc Nation Office in Chelsea
Roc Nation CEO and co-founder Desiree Perez goes back with Jay-Z to 1996, when she booked him to perform at a club she was managing. Now, overseeing a staff of 450, 52 percent of whom are minorities, she leads development and growth across Roc Nation. That includes the New York officeâ€™s move from the Garment District to Chelsea, where Perez handed over the mic to Jeffrey Beers International.
3. HOK Designs HQ that Celebrates the Senses for Shiseido Americas
Transformation is key to what Shiseido is. When CEO Marc Rey began the search for new headquarters, he had a seemingly simple goal: cohesion. â€śHe requested a place of community where beauty and leadership could shine,â€ť begins Bill Bouchey, principal and director of design and interiors at HOK, which won the bid to design the Shiseido Americas workplace in New York.
4. Ketra Unveils New Austin Headquarters Awash with Natural Light
â€śWhen we chose this place with Karl, we were inspired by its beautiful Louis XVIâ€“style architecture,â€ť Karl Lagerfeld CEO and president Pier Paolo Righi says of the fashion brandâ€™s new global headquarters in Amsterdam. Even thought creative visionary Karl Lagerfeld never set foot in the completed headquarters, he remains ever-present there. His image is everywhere: in self-portraits, photographs, caricatures, dolls, models, and displays of clothing he designed.
6. A+I Designs New Hudson Yards Headquarters for Equinox
When Equinox opted to locate its new headquarters in Hudson Yards, the company turned to architecture, strategy, and experience design firm Architecture +Information. The plan? To create a high-performance HQ that would reflect its evolving identity as a premier, luxury lifestyle brand. The workspace is designed to increase creativity and innovation by bringing people togetherâ€”featuring open floor plans and interconnected levels with comfortable corners carved out for private conversations and relaxing breaks.
8. Pernod Ricardâ€™s French Heritage Suffuses the Distillerâ€™s New Paris Headquarters by Saguez & Partners
Olivier Saguez is far from convinced that the office is dead. â€śI donâ€™t think you work best from home,â€ť the Saguez & Partners founder asserts. â€śYou donâ€™t come into contact with others. So, you stay stuck with the same ideas. Working today is a collaborative experience and you need a place that creates connections.â€ť The firmâ€™s latest projectâ€”new Parisian headquarters for the Pernod Ricard wine and spirits groupâ€”is designed to do exactly that.
9. Airport Design Inspires Studio Alexander Fehre's Shared Desking System for an Open Office
Board members sharing an office? Not likely. Yet at their own insistence, the four that work at Robert Bosch Automotive Steering headquarters in SchwĂ¤bisch GmĂĽnd, Germany, do just that. Thatâ€™s thanks to