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Dublin: 13 °C Sunday 5 July, 2020

This might be the most beautiful office space in the world

…Or would you prefer the Bond villain lair-type bunker in Sweden here?

EVER LOOK LONGINGLY out the window of your workplace, wishing you were out there?

Check out this office – the HQ of Selgas Cano Architecture in woodland outside Madrid, Spain. It actually is out there.

Source: M.POLLO Meanswear via Flickr/CC

It is a two-storey glass-fronted pod – this is in fact the top floor that you can see; the bottom storey is underground.

It is reached by a decked footpath through the wood and its curved edges fit seamlessly into the natural shapes around it.

You can see more extensive photographs of the office on Iwan Baan’s photography website here.

On the polar end of the scale, there is this office – home to Bahnhof data centre – which is a refurbished atomic bomb shelter in Stockholm, Sweden. Yes, the White Mountain office is 30 metres underground, built into solid bedrock, but it’s also spacious, has an interior wall garden and waterfalls, and a floating glass conference room.

It’s designed by Albert France Lanord Architects.

Source: AF-L Architects via

Source: AF-L Architects via

The question is: which of these would get you raring to go to work in the morning?

Poll Results:

A - the forest pod (164)
B - the underground kingdom (86)

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