18 of the coolest offices in the US

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18 of the coolest offices in the US

Located in Emeryville, California, Pixar’s campus — which was designed by Steve Jobs — boasts an industrial-chic atrium.

pixar campus store 4152 Café Luxo is named for Pixar’s iconic lamp character, Luxo Jr. Melia Robinson/Business Insider

Pixar’s campus was designed by the company’s former CEO, Steve Jobs. It boasts gardens, tennis courts, and a swimming pool, and the building consists of 24 unique shades of brick, commissioned from a Washington kiln by Jobs himself. 

The highlight of the interior is the industrial-chic atrium. Jobs advocated for the open-plan space, which would foster “chance meetings” among employees. The atrium houses the dining area, Café Luxo, named for Pixar’s iconic lamp character, Luxo Jr. It’s only open to employees and their guests, but those who have dined there rave about the daily specials and desserts.

Throughout the space, you’ll find life-sized sculptures of some of the animation studio’s beloved characters, such as LEGO likenesses of Woody and Buzz from “Toy Story” and effigies of the entire “Incredibles” family. 

Quicken Loans is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, in the One Campus Martius building (aka the Compuware building).

glass kite sculpture one campus martius The building is known for its 14-story kite sculptures. Quicken Loans

Quicken Loans’ offices are spread out over five floors of the One Campus Martius building, an example of late Modernist architecture. The office is known for its 14-story-tall colorful kite sculptures, which comprise the world’s largest indoor, hanging water feature.

The installation was created by WET, a company that has also crafted high-tech fountains for clients such as the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Twitter’s corporate headquarters are housed inside a 1937 Art Deco building in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

Twitter HQ Sticking with its bird theme, Twitter has a dining area called #theperch. Robert Johnson/Business Insider

Until Twitter took over the space in 2014, the building had been vacant for 50 years. With wood-paneled walls and twiggy accent pieces, the décor at Twitter’s headquarters echoes the  social media platform’s brand identity.

But some parts of the space, like the cafeteria, are modern rather than rustic. 

There’s also a huge rooftop garden where employees can work or barbecue.

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Headquartered outside of Portland in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike’s office spans 400 acres.

Nike headquarters The man-made lake at the center of Nike’s headquarters. Nike

It’s no surprise that Nike’s campus emphasizes fitness. With soccer fields, a track, and running trails built into the forest on the edge of the property, employees can take full advantage of the Pacific Northwest scenery. The fitness fun continues inside with an Olympic-sized pool and various courts for basketball, volleyball, and tennis.

Take a tour of the office here.

Urban Outfitters, Inc., is headquartered in nine former shipbuilding factories at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

urbn hq The campus is overflowing with hip details, including creative lighting fixtures. URBN/Facebook

Urban Outfitters, Inc., the parent company of brands such as Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People, is headquartered on a 1,200-acre campus at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The company’s nine Navy Yard offices are all in former shipbuilding factories.

Just like their aesthetically pleasing stores, Urban Outfitters, Inc.’s campus is overflowing with hip details, from creative art and lighting installations to eye-catching textiles — not to mention a veritable jungle of plants. 

The company also hosts a market and gallery. With a roster of vendors that rotates monthly, you’ll find everything from handmade chocolates to vintage clothing.

Puzzle pieces are a common motif at Jigsaw’s New York City, New York, headquarters.

Jigsaw office The tech incubator is super colorful. Sarah Jacobs/Business Insider

At Jigsaw, a tech incubator created by Google, puzzle pieces are a popular motif.

Throughout the office, based above New York City’s Chelsea Market, you’ll also find art that calls attention to issues of equality and democracy, such as portraits of former extremists who turned away from violence and towards peace, and a mural inspired by historical examples of propaganda. 

There are also plenty of snacks and nap rooms to keep employees happy.

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GIPHY’s New York City, New York, headquarters feature a hanging garden, virtual reality arcade games, and conference rooms named for GIF search terms.

giphy hq The hanging garden at GIPHY. Sarah Jacobs/Business Insider

The Meatpacking District headquarters of the GIF platform GIPHY are bursting with quirk and character. Designed by Architecture AF, the office blends natural and modern elements. From a hanging garden to an arcade that offers classic games and a VR system, each part of the space is unique.

For a fun twist, the conference rooms are named in honor of GIFs, including animals (“cat” and “dog”) and reactions (“side-eye” and “mind blown”). 

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Kickstarter’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, include a library, a rooftop garden, and a screening room.

Kickstarter Office 33 Kickstarter’s library. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

Located in a former pencil factory, Kickstarter has been headquartered in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood since 2014. With an abundance of reclaimed, unstructured wood, the crowdfunding platform’s digs are eco-friendly with an inherent hipster vibe.

Among the coolest elements of the space are its expansive library and the multipurpose theater where the company hosts meetings, film screenings, and even beer-making tutorials. In classic Brooklyn style, there’s even a rooftop garden. 

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Adobe has been headquartered in San Jose, California, since 1994.

adobe hq The design firm Gensler upgraded 143,000 square feet of Adobe’s San Jose headquarters. Adobe/Facebook

Spearheaded by design firm Gensler, Adobe’s headquarters underwent an impressive renovation last year that upgraded 143,000 square feet of the software company’s workspace.

From high-tech wall art that visualizes sound waves to a nature-inspired café that takes a cue from the days when Silicon Valley was covered in orchards, Adobe’s office is as innovative as its software. 

Other amenities include a wellness center, cooking workshops, and even a bicycle rental and repair shop.

Take a tour of the office here.

General Mills is situated on a tree-lined campus outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.

general mills hq General Mills’ Betty Crocker test kitchens boast America’s largest corporate cookbook collection. General Mills/Facebook

Located in Golden Valley, a suburb of Minneapolis, General Mills’ tree-lined headquarters is characterized by sleek buildings with large glass windows. The office is known for its cereal bar and Betty Crocker test kitchens, which boast America’s largest corporate cookbook library

The consumer foods manufacturer has been at its current location for 60 years

LinkedIn’s San Francisco, California, headquarters are housed in a 26-story skyscraper.

linkedin sf lobby LinkedIn’s lobby resembles an art museum. Melia Robinson/Business Insider

Located in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, LinkedIn occupies 18 floors of a 26-story skyscraper. Every floor features artwork. The lobby, open to the public, showcases three pieces by Frank Stella.

Other amenities range from a massage room to a band room. On the rooftop patio, employees can take in breathtaking views of the city. 

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Headquartered in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Mars Chocolate’s office features giant M&M characters.

mars hq The office is adjacent to the Hackettstown M&M factory. Courtney Verrill/Business Insider

Mars’ New Jersey headquarters is a chocolate-lover’s paradise. Adjacent to the Hackettstown M&M factory, the office is populated by the personified candy characters from the brand’s commercials. 

While the office opened in 1979, the factory has been producing the chocolate candies since 1958. 

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Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, Jet’s headquarters incorporate the e-commerce company’s signature color — purple.

Jet HQ Jet was purchased by Walmart but maintains a startup vibe. Sarah Jacobs/Business Insider

Despite being purchased by Walmart in 2016, Jet’s office maintains a startup ethos. Pool tables, booths, and sliding doors all feature the company’s signature purple color. 

Other parts of the space pay homage to superheroes (there’s a “Batcave” conference room) and Jersey legends (one wall is plastered with Frank Sinatra’s mug shots). 

Take a tour of the office here.

Arnold Worldwide is headquartered in a historic building in Boston, Massachusetts.

arnold worldwide The space incorporates existing architectural details like exposed steel columns and wooden handrails. Arnold Worldwide/Facebook

Arnold Worldwide, a Boston-based advertising agency, is headquartered in the Burnham Building. The property is more commonly known as “the Filene’s building,” because it was the former home of the iconic discount store Filene’s Basement.

To preserve the history of the building, Arnold’s conference rooms are named for Filene’s departments. The space also incorporates existing architectural details such as exposed steel columns and original wooden handrails. 

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