It seems that the biggest corporations in the world need to have the biggest and most lavish and at times famous headquarters. Whether it’s the amenities, the architecture or just the buildings and their scope in general, Fortune500 companies sure enjoy showing the world just how amazing they are through their company buildings. To show exactly what we are talking about, DotCom Magazine have put together what we feel are 5 of the most amazing, ridiculous and biggest headquarters in the world.
Okay, so it is fair to say that the Amazon Biodomes are not actually a complete headquarters and just one part of one. However, the business campus of Amazon’s empire in Seattle is drawing a lot of attention with the introduction of the three glass and steel biodomes, the most central and tallest of these stands at an incredibly 5-stories tall. Plans were announced for the domes in 2016 and are now almost complete, and starting to be filled with various flowers and plants. Ron Gagliardo is the man overseeing the well-being of the bushes and trees. Over all, they are on our list because despite their lavish nature, they add a cool bit of nature into the urban landscape of central Seattle.
Based in Munich, the BMW HQ was built between the years ’68 and ’72 and is definitely a structure that no-one would forget in a hurry. It has all the looks of the Starship Enterprise and is meant to resemble an engine’s pistons. If that wasn’t enough, the adjoining building, the company’s museum, has been designed and built to look like the head of a cylinder. When coupled with striking colors and the iconic logo of the corporation, this is an amazing architectural feat.
Lloyd’s Bank Inside Out Building
Situated in London, this is a truly peculiar looking building. It is often called the ‘inside out’ building and with good reason. It was designed for the bank by Richard Rogers and Co and features a very avant-garde kind of construction called Bowelism. The idea behind this is to place all the lifts, ducting and everything that helps sustain the building and helps it to function is kept on the exterior to make more space available on the interior.
Bank of China
Known as the BOCHK, the Bank of China Tower is a marvelous architectural feat, despite the setbacks and controversy involved in its construction. It has a very slick glass and steel exterior and because of how it looks when looked at from a right angle, it has been nicknamed The Cleaver. Not the most delightful name for a building, but considering how big the Bank of China is, and their business attitude, it’s actually very apt.
Google bought the leasing rights on the land that would become the Googleplex in 2003. It was already an elaborate and wide-stretching campus full of parkways, fountains, ponds, pathways and lots of buildings. The company has added its own touch to the complex, with the interior being full of interesting furniture pieces like huge rubber balls and shade lamps. There are also 18 cafeterias with a wide range of different menus, a free laundry service, two swimming pools and various sand volleyball courts.