You ever see those those fanciful offices in futuristic movies that look like something sprung out of an 8-year-old boy’s dreams, or the CAD blueprints of a wild genius architect? While it may seem hard to believe, some people do actually work in environments like that. Like us here at LIAS who ply our tireless trade in The Meadows — an underground bunker somewhere in Venice Beach. We realize not everyone else can be so lucky. To inspire the rest — or to make you miserable and painfully jealous, we’re not sure which — Gestalten has published WorkScape: New Spaces for New Work, a hardcover tome illustrating the great creativity behind some of the world’s most intriguing work spaces. As Gestalten explains:

“WorkScape reveals how trailblazing companies from around the world are redefining where we work and how we work together. The book showcases office spaces by innovators such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Monocle, KPMG, Red Bull, and Urban Outfitters that promote new forms of work, creativity, and collaboration.

In addition to presenting architecture and interior design, WorkScape also explores more unconventional parameters that can make going to and being at work more attractive and satisfying. The forward-thinking offers featured here include company-run childcare facilities, bike share programs, communal vegetable gardens, and fully equipped health and wellness facilities.

In WorkScape, office environments from global players are shown alongside compelling examples from smaller enterprises, temporary ventures, and freelance endeavors that all shake off the cubicle culture of the past. The book’s careful pairing of stunning images with in-depth project descriptions and detailed floor plans make it an invaluable reference for anyone looking to redefine their workplaces, impress their partners and clients, and inspire their staff to think outside the box.”

Coming at the end of the month, WorkScape: New Spaces for New Work is edited by Sofia Borges, Sven Ehmann and Robert Klanten, and features 240 pages of full color images highlighting the best in workplace architecture. The hardcover can be bought directly from Gestalten for $60.

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