4 Wild Company Headquarters
Wildest Company Headquarters
When we think about a company's headquarters, we often expect to see a tall building with the company's logo. We also expect the work areas to look like typical office space with cubicles a la "Dilbert." However, some companies have chosen to take a different approach to their office designs, and many that were created based on a unique idea or have a unique way of doing business take a similar approach to their headquarters. This article will highlight some of the company headquarters that are particularly interesting.
Known as "The Googleplex," Google's headquarters located in Mountain View, Calif. is bigger than some neighborhoods. Over 20 buildings make up the campus. With a property that big, it would take a lot of time to move from one building to the next, which could adversely affect productivity. That may be why Google has placed hundreds of community bicycles and scooters around the campus so that employees can quickly move from building to building.
It's no surprise that Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, the men who got the idea for their multinational sneaker and apparel conglomerate from a waffle iron, would take the same unique approach to where they would house their primary place of business. Located in Beaverton, Oregon, the Nike Headquarters is a 200 plus acre property that houses 16 buildings - each named after an athlete including Nike's biggest and most important athlete signing: Michael Jordan. The campus is encircled by a 14 foot grass covered berm which walls off Nike from the outside world. Inside the buildings you will find everything related to shoes and apparel.
If you are familiar with the video game industry, then chances are that you have heard of Blizzard Entertainment. It is the company that is behind titles such as: StarCraft, World of Warcraft and Diablo. These are games that are mainstays in the industry and have millions of users playing years after the games have been released. These games are different from the titles that you will usually find in stores, so it's no surprise that Blizzard's headquarters is different. Blizzard is all about video games, and a majority of its employees are gamers themselves. So, it's fitting that you will find a host of video game related items scattered around the property. These include life size statues of Orcs riding wolves, a sword known as Frostmourne that potential employees must prove that they can pull out of the stone in order to work at the company, and the Blizzard Museum where you will find concept designs for all of the company's video games. Blizzard also has amenities that are typically reserved for five star hotels such as basketball courts, gyms and indoor swimming pools.
Steve Jobs employed the same creative approach he took with Apple and its products to Pixar Studios. Around 52 miles and 50 minutes away from Apple's headquarters and located in Emeryville, Calif., Pixar studios is the film company behind animated masterpieces such as the Toy Story series, Cars, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. Scattered around the campus are life-size models of popular movie characters: Woody, Lightning McQueen and Marlin just to name a few. Pixar encourages employee creativity, so much so that employees are allowed to customize their working space in any way they seem fit.
It would not be unreasonable to believe that these companies keep their headquarters creative to remind them of how they got to where they are, as well as to keep employees inspired. In many cases, the designs are intended to continue to encourage and foster the creativity that led to the creation and success of these companies. Many of these companies hold tours of their facilities. So, if you're ever in the area, consider taking one of those tours.