12 of the most beautiful office buildings in the world

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Office buildings can be drab, dull, and downright horrible.

They do not need to be. The 2017 World Architecture Festival has introduced its shortlist for its many beautiful office buildings at the worldand you can look them below in all their crowning glory.

You most likely don’t work in any of these, but everyone needs career goals.

Pull & Bear Central Headquarters, Narn, Spain

Not just pretty on the exterior, the building boasts four courtyards, an open staircase, and glazed elevators.

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Vstgtagatan 5, Stockholm, Sweden

“Considering that the previously introspective and somber appearance designed back in the 70s characterized by small windows, a heavy green faade and an interior made for one tenant, the need for the uplift and modernization was clear,” composed architecture company Equator Stockholm from the project description.

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EY Centre, 200 George Street, Sydney, Australia

“The EY Centre is a building that reinterprets and honours the uniqueness and history of this place, housed in the border of Sydneys Tank-Stream (also the first water source of the colony of New South Wales),” composed architecture company Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp from the project description. “At the center of this endeavor is both office design and town making.”

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S.Y. Construction Headquarters, Taichung, Taiwan

“The design concept of this project relies on the situation,” composed H.K.W Architects Associate at the job’s description. “When every shape and substance has been minimized to the essence, natural environment merges to the courtyard and interior space intrinsically.”

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Architecture & Design Studio , Chennai, India

“The engineers and designers of KSM Architecture set out to design and build a brand new studio for themselves in the middle of the town’s emerging commercial hub,” KSM wrote about its project. “KSM Architecture Studio embodies the layout beliefs and principles of the practice, that has been about environmentally friendly and climate sensitive and relevant architecture.”

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Lai Yard, Nanjing, China

“Situated in the south of town, the plain historical house is introverted, which differs from its vibrant name in fact,” composed architecture company Minggu Design. “This project exemplifies the architects doctrine and comprehension of dualistic opposition theory, in addition to the attempt to discover the reality and truth through such a method.”

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Co Op Kyosai Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

“The Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. Ceilings fell in several buildings even in Tokyo. Rationing of power forced offices to cut back on light and air-conditioning. Office windows which do not open became a problem,” composed architecture company Nikken Sekkei. “Co-op Kyosai Plaza incorporates the most up-to-date in environmental building systems, making the most of the lessons learned following the earthquake.”

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GLF Headquarters, Miami, United States of America

“Transparency and ease were key elements in this office complex, located close to the Miami River,” composed Oppenheim Architecture. “The idea was to make an upscale office environment with large floor plates which would provide the user with flexibility and provoke the atmosphere of open space. Unmistakably different from neighboring structures, the building serves as a architectural inspiration to the region, while the layout itself draws inspiration from its adjacent context – mentioning both the inherent climatic and industrial overtones of the place and the heavy civil roots of the end-user.”

GS1 Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

“This campus, that will be one of the earliest in Portugal specially created for business innovation, is situated on the environment of an 18th-century farmhouse on the boundaries of the city and was proposed from the early 1970s based on an orthogonal grid mostly moved at the Anglo-Saxon university model,” composed architecture company Promontorio.

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Pollen Street Office, Auckland, New Zealand

“This building is part of a urban regeneration retail and office project from the trendy shopping precinct of Ponsonby Road, consisting of a brand new office as the final stage of a shopping, food and drink and office precinct, obtained from three bordering roads and rear laneways, in addition to car parking and servicing facilities,” composed RTA Studio.

Sanctuary Office, Bangalore, India

“Knotted Pine, Sheet metal, Grey Cement Concrete floors together with white working surfaces and GI form the core earthy backdrop to the differently colourful work environment,” composed Sanctuary Architects and Designers.

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490 Consulting Suites, Spring Hill, Australia

“Whilst the scale of the evolution on a little site with an existing cabin is unprecedented, in this case the layout seeks to mediate between the original romantic scale of Spring Hill and also the more recent bulky and significant urban developments within this precinct,” composed Shane Thompson Architects.

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Sonnesgade 11, Aarhus, Denmark

“The new combined building by SLETH is located nearby Godsbanen and reflects the transformation from industry to vibrant cultural urban district,” composed architecture company SLETH. “The beginning point for the layout of the new office building is an ambition to reuse and rethink spatial and material quality on the former industrial site. The brand new building is directly grounded on the original underground industrial constructions, which acts as the buildings base”

Guilherme Torres Studio, So Paulo, Brazil

“The major idea reflects the soul of the 21st century, which is to be multidisciplinary and proceed past the design and architecture that Studio Guilherme Torres is already known for,” composed archicture company Studio Guilherme Torres. “thus, the distance was made to allow new creations and projects.”

Headquarters of Wrzesiskie of News, Wrzenia, Poland

“The kind of a three-storeyed building was determined by its operational program in addition to a minimal budget,” composed Ultra Architects. “Terrace-shaped silhouette is an response to different demands of publishing houses various pursuits. At the same time decrease of surface and optimization of operational program let us to reduce prices of investment.”

Port House, Antwerp, Belgium

Zaha Hadid Architects

“The new Port House at Antwerp repurposes, renovates and expands a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for its vent bringing together the vents 500 staff that previously worked in separate buildings across the city,” composed Zaha Hadid Architects. ” Following the building of a new fire station, the older channel a recorded replica of a Hanseatic home became redundant. This disused fire station had to be incorporated into the new project.”

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