Many people decide to start their new businesses in traditional office spaces. With so many flexible and affordable options around, it’s easy to select an appropriate commercial base for one’s needs. However, some startups find that typical office environments stifle their creativity. That’s particularly true for new digital agencies and the like.
Because of that fact, many startups want to move into an environment that differs from the status quo. If that sounds like you, it’s likely that you are feeling frustrated by the lack of creative options for your new business. But don’t fret because here are 4 ideas for unconventional workspaces that you may not have considered yet:
1. Train Carriages
Believe it or not, many old train carriages get diverted from their final journeys to the scrapyard and get repurposed as usable office spaces! One of the world’s most famous examples of that can be found in Shoreditch, London (UK) - the Village Underground.
At that particular location, some old London Underground rolling stock is now perched upon the top of an old warehouse building. Of course, the train carriages don’t go anywhere, but they offer an unusual yet creative working environment from the norm!
2. Shipping Containers
Another big metal box solution that you could repurpose into a creative space, and perhaps a more affordable one than old train carriages, are shipping containers. The beauty of using them for your business is that they are customizable and modular.
You can easily extend your office/workshop areas horizontally or vertically if space allows. Painting them bright, vivid colors will also intensify their inspiration for those that work inside of them! Just don’t forget to add some windows or you might feel a little gloomy with no natural sunlight flooding into your workspace!
3. Rooftop Treehouses
Let’s say that you want to work in the heart of a business district. But, the idea of working inside a conventional office bores you to tears. What can you do? Well, one option is to build some rooftop treehouses on the top of existing buildings! No, these aren’t the basic ramshackle treehouses you might create in your garden, if you were wondering!
These are professionally-designed and constructed offices that give you a panoramic view of the area around you. They are perfect for creative companies and those that wish to make use of free solar energy. Just be sure to have some roof fall protection to ensure the safety of your employees and visitors!
4. Underground Office
Sometimes working under the ground can feed your creativity more than above it. With that in mind, you may wish to construct a partially-submerged office space! Sure, you could cheat and just use a former military bunker. But, you and your staff might feel a tad claustrophobic and start to get “cabin fever”!
Take a look at this subterranean setting designed and built by Selgas Cano Architecture in Spain for an impressive example of what you could achieve!
I hope you enjoyed looking at today’s blog post. Stay inspired!
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