Cool office spaces
Cool office spaces
An office at Neoscape was made from a shipping container.
Senior digital artist Seth Borne pours himself a beer from the tapped "kegerator" during a "Beer Friday" at Neoscape.
Pretzels are placed on a table adorned with old computer parts during a "Beer Friday" at Neoscape in Boston. “Creative space allows us to do our best work,” said Robert Macleod, Neoscape president, who brings in his family for the Friday social session.
At Redstar Ventures in Cambridge, clients walk through a swank cafe that doubles as a lobby, cafeteria, and social space.
The clients are then whisked upstairs via a hidden door tucked in a red faux-leather wall.
In a plush space that was designed after The Ace Hotel in New York, employees work on a large dining room table. Colorful guitars grace pillars (many Redstarers are musicians) and you might find Paula Cole changing in the back room after a show in Redstar Union, the in-house theater set up as a livestream soundstage.
The notion of a corner office with the most commanding view was not what Allen & Gerristen’s chief executive Andrew Graff had in mind when the advertising agency relocated from Watertown to the Innovation District in August. Employees gather in the cafe area.
The cafe is designed to host events and clients like the Celtics. Boston chef Barbara Lynch and Governor Deval Patrick spoke in the sleek seventh-floor space for an entrepreneurial event recently.
Boats skimming through the Boston Harbor and planes taking off in the distance are in the backdrop for all employees at Allen & Gerristen -- from the accounting department to top creatives in the corner cafe. With an A-symmetrical bar, designer-tile backsplash and pendant lights, “it’s airy and spacious and more relaxed” said Maureen Metzler, a senior art director.
In West Concord, The Wheelhouse at The Bradford Mill, is a pretty hip address. In a converted chair factory, entrepreneurs, traveling chief executives, and all manners of freelancers rent offices, desks, and gain access to a private cafe for a monthly fee.
The space is sunny, modern, and comes with Starbucks coffee and its own bike share program.