Successful businesses seem to cultivate a work hard, play hard culture so successfully, but what are their secrets, and how do you actually create something like that?
You want your employees to be creative, to think out of the box but you don’t want them to be having so much fun at work that they don’t actually get anything done.
Don’t worry, we got you covered. There are plenty of startup offices designs that you can use as references. We have selected five of the best designs in Hong Kong, with a variation in style and budget. Ready? Let’s dive in.
Location: One Island East, Quarry bay
Let’s start off with probably the most notable startup of all – Facebook. Now most people have a good idea that Facebook, created by the hoodie-wearing Mark Zuckerberg, has a fun and relaxing work culture. The Facebook office in Hong Kong got upgraded recently.
This office creates a very comfortable space for employees. There’s a sweet open kitchen, cozy seating and Hong Kong styled graffiti. You think that’s normal? Try the telescope when you get bored or give yourself a nice break in the massage chair to help your circulation. Need to wake your up? No problem, go straight ahead to the treadmill standing-desk. To top it all off, you have one of the best views in the area. I mean, why WOULD you want to leave?
Location: Causeway Bay
Besides Facebook, Google is another envy-needed office that pops into everyone’s mind when thinking of creative office designs.
You may have seen offices canteens that open 24/7, providing unlimited food for employees on the TV. Hong Kong’s google office is similar — only the food is free. There are a free lunch buffet and an abundant supply of snacks and drinks for when you run out of fuel. (including wine and Haagen Daz!)
Every meeting room is named after a Hong Kong’s street or attraction such as Lee Tung Street. Every meeting rooms design is different and no room will be the same. Notably, the use of bamboo is to represent Hong Kong’s the only city in the world that uses bamboo for scaffolding.
Now for the oh-so-famous game room. Though not as big as the offices in the other Google offices, there is still XBOX 360 and PS3, TV and other board games to allow employees to recharge.
Speaking of recharging, there is a room designated for employees to take a power nap. It is complimented with soundproof walls to ensure high quality of sleep. If your teammates want to take a break, why not take a good one?
Location: Tsuen Wan District
Hong Kong’s rent is crazy. No wonder a lot of startups are choosing industrial buildings over expensive extravagant offices. Although the sound of an industrial building can be daunting, there are a lot of potentials to create a fun, energetic, spacious office. The finest example is the 9GAG office in Hong Kong.
9GAG’s office benefits from plenty of daylight with their full-height glass windows. The color scheme matches their 9GAG’s web and app visual identity – using black and white against the industrial shell, representing the buildings past instead of covering it.
The over 500 square feet floor is divided into three major areas: “9PARK”, “9DESKS”, and “9SHEDS”. “9PARK” is an undefined open space, open for any activities such as meetings, lounging or even camping. WOW.
“9DESKS” has islands of white desks that are flexible to be assigned to different project teams. Adjustable sit-stand stations are available for employees to work in their best posture.
“9SHEDS” are a number of meeting rooms along the edge of the desk areas, these rooms are defined by distinctive dimension, mood, privacy, and transparency.
Location: Kwun Tong
The transparent office doors show a strong brand identity. From electrical fittings to ventilation ducts, everything is exposed, making space a lot more open and spacious.
The idea behind this design is to be aligned with the progression into a transparent society. Businesses are getting more transparent with the public and people are more aware of what happens behind closed doors. The idea of “not having anything to hide” generates trust. The designers of MVRDV describe the process as revealing a “beautifully raw and butch primary structure”, in order to give “ultimate transparency” to the workplace. This is exactly how your office design reflects your company value and attracting clients to value you as well.
This office is situated in Kwun Tong, a post-industrial area that is rebranding itself into Hong Kong’ new business district.
Location: Quarry Bay
This industrial designed office has several interesting features such as vintage Cathay Pacific chairs and airplane wing used as a table and decorations. The meeting rooms are all named after Dim Sum, with a range of seating and high desks available. From revenue generation lectures, latte art workshop to Blueprint Olympics, your team will have a fun time working and learning there.
The 16th floor of Blueprint is a co-working designed to unite the tech community. Coffee corner, resting room, and game room scatter on the same floor, allowing workers to fully enjoy a work-hard-play-hard environment.
You’re inspired by how these successful startups cultivate their culture and values through office design? Learn more about how to choose between different office layouts and improve efficiency and relationship, and beat your competitors!
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