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Fun and Functional: These Offices are Inspiring on Many Levels

Apologies to the original author, but to borrow from a cliché — it is true that behind every great worker is a great office.

What makes a great office? There are the intangibles such as considerate co-workers, an interesting assignment or a tough yet fair employer. But the physical parts – whether it is a place to hang pictures, an inspiring view or impressive amenities – also factor into that equation.

There are cool offices, like Microsoft’s Southfield, Mich., location. There’s the sweet location, easily accessible from multiple freeways. There’s the bright and cheerful colors spread throughout the space. And then there are the womb chairs, the epitome of comfort, style and architectural interest. Add the open layout and you’ve got a workplace meant for high-tech progress.

Another recent visit to Dijana Bucalo’s workspace in Detroit also was eye opening. The seamstress, designer and fashionista has an open room with a view of the Detroit Institute of Arts, so that’s a great start. But her small yet functional office was the key element of the space. It seemed cozy yet functional, interesting yet hard working. It made you want to take a seat, design some lovely togs and sew them together right there and then.

Another great spot is that of HARMAN International Industries, a technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets. It recently announced the official opening of its new North American Automotive Headquarters. Located in Novi, Mich., the 188,000 square-foot building with 1,000 employees focuses on engineering and development of advanced technology solutions for the connected car, automotive audio, and cloud services.

Developed by Northern Equities Group, the HARMAN North American Automotive Headquarters anchors the 400-acre Haggerty Corridor Corporate Park. What makes it such a great space? Well, there is the outdoor areas, allowing workers to refresh their minds with nature. There’s the high-tech amenities throughout. Overall, it’s a functional yet fabulous office. And that’s inspiring for just about anyone.

HARMAN’s new North American Automotive Headquarters includes the following equipment and facilities: Infotainment design studios for HARMAN and customer co-developed advanced software applications; state-of-the-art audio listening room; a full cinema-quality 5.1 surround sound theater showcasing HARMAN’s expertise in professional audio, as well as home and multimedia.

And, just to top it off, employee amenities including a fitness center, locker rooms, cafeteria, collaboration spaces and an outdoor deck and patio space.

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Author: Karen Dybis, Corp! Magazine

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