How often have you sat at your desk and stared out the window at a storm approaching, a weaver making a nest or simply the trees and greenery outside?
You’re not alone. Product developer Daniel Zeller was so bored of being cooped up inside his office duringNorway’s cold winter days that he created the Terrarium Desktop.
Based on garden furniture designs, Daniel used glass panels and rustic wood to really give it a natural look and feel. Because the plants are placed inside a drawer, they’re easy to water and care for throughout the year, while soft lighting enhances the working environment, creates a soothing atmosphere for employees and regulates the temperature within the terrarium.
This isn’t just a great aesthetic creation though. Research has shown that incorporating plants into an office space leads to higher productivity and less stress. The Terrarium Desktop is a compact and simple option to motivating and relaxing employees – which naturally leads to a more productive, happier workplace. ‘Living’ desks and tables are even being used in other areas of offices such as reception areas, helping create a completely different atmosphere for customers and guests.
The Terrarium Desktop is just another product that proves that greener offices and homes are a way of the future.
(Slideshow) Bizarre Buildings
From a germ-free building to one built in a bomb shelter, we take a look at some of the strangest yet functional buildings around the world.
The Bubble Building. This inflatable, antibacterial building was designed to keep out germs in the Shanghai city centre. While it may resemble a giant jumping castle, if built it will provide an ultra-clean office space.
The building could be created using inflatables made of white antibacterial nylon that are placed around the exterior of an ordinary office building.
(Slideshow) An Artistic Eye
Saatchi and Saatchi bust out in Bangkok in the most colourful way they know how.
As Cool as on TV
Web.tv – where your office looks like a film set.
We all dream of cool offices, but most of us only get as far as customising our desk area with a few photos and a gadget or two. But check out video social networking company Web.tv’s awesome offices. Located in Turkey, the sprawling building hosts over 200 employees and offers a range of stations for any kind of mood, be it social, relaxing, or a quiet spot to focus.
Since work is where we spend a large portion of our day, Web.tv decided to make it a fun place to be, with themed offices that are caves, ski lifts, a sail boat, a stage, bar, café, you name it. Scroll on and be amazed.
The stage space allows workers to enjoy their hobbies like playing in a band, staging short plays, reciting poetry.
“My office is a cave… no, really”
Feel like you need a break from work? Take a pause in one of the ski lift rest areas.
Because every office needs a boat desk to bring on good ideas.
When the day is done and a well-deserved drink is in order, just pop down stairs to the company’s own bar. Wonder if the drinks are subsidised…?
Need a quiet space to reflect and be intellectual? Try the library room – even if the books are just printed wallpaper…
This cute office looks like a blown-up doll’s house.
We’re not even sure what they were thinking with this cotton ball, igloo, snowball meeting room…
There’s even a gym with TV screens that show jogging routes linked to the outside world.
But before you go thinking these people have got a little slice of heaven, even Web.tv has a cubical farm.
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