Companies, particularly in the creative or tech industries, are ploughing money and energy into designing offices that look more like adult playgrounds than a place of work, in the hope that it will make their employees more creative.

It’s a trend that installing basketball hoops, play parks and sweaty machines can increase an offices productivity and creativity.

Having a fun environment, they believe, will help spark conversations and collaboration, encourage people to be playful and, crucially, generate great ideas. It will also impress clients and help with talent retention and recruitment.

Here are 10 examples of wacky Office ideas from the UK.

Wooden Tree house (Mind Candy)

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Mind Candy, the company behind children’s game Moshi Monsters, has an office that encourages employees to think like its customers. It is based at the Silicon Roundabout at London’s Old Street and has a wooden treehouse and gingerbread house as meeting rooms,
a colouring-in wall and quiet areas that look like hobbit holes.

Fun Slide (Ticketmaster)

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Ticketmaster opened the doors to its new overseas head office in London. The ticket sales company designed the office to prioritise socialising. Its standout feature is a metal slide that staff can take to reach the bar area, where table football, a jukebox and pinball machines await.

Disco tunnel (Karmarama)

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Coming into work through a “disco tunnel” might be calculated to dissipate Monday morning blues. Advertising agency Karmarama also has a collection of strange objects inside its offices including a huge red Buddha, a VW camper van and a life-sized plastic llama.

Grass flooring (Innocent Drinks)

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The entire office floor at Innocent is made of fake grass, even under the desks. The main kitchen area is filled with natural light, bunting and benches for people to sit together.
There is also a cosy reading corner with a selection of books.

Picnic benches – (Duke Studios)

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Leeds-based Duke Studios has an outdoors feel to its interior. The co-working space was founded by a photographer and interior designer who disliked other office spaces offered in the city. Inspired by Google and Pixar, they created their dream office last year, which now houses 42 small creative businesses. The pair made the office open-plan to ensure people spoke to each other, and have a strict application process to maintain its open culture.

Indoor sky (Virgin Money)

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Virgin Money’s Edinburgh operation centre has an eye-catching sky painted on its ceiling. The new layout secured an award from the British Council for Offices. The theory is that staring up at the clouds is likely to have a beneficial effect on creativity. Bridges says that to be really creative, a person needs to use their unconscious mind to work on a problem.

Padded cell (Wieden + Kennedy)

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Ever felt so frustrated at work that you want to scream? Employees at advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy have a green leather padded cell at their disposal. MD Neil Christie says the cell was installed after someone told his creative director Tony Davidson, “The way you carry on, you should be in a padded cell.” Workers there suggest that as well as being an offbeat fixture, it also turned out to have great acoustics for conference calls.

One huge desk (Mother London)

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There are no teacher’s pets at advertising agency Mother. Every member of the agency
sits at the same huge concrete desk that spreads throughout its space in Shoreditch’s Tea Building. This helps staff to talk to each other and removes hierarchies.

Beach huts (Man Bites Dog)

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PR agency Man Bites Dog has been inspired by its Brighton location. Its office has a full-length indoor pier, its meeting rooms are beach huts and one of them is decorated to look like a forest.

Chalkboard wall (Badoo)

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The social network Badoo’s office has a huge chalkboard updated with invitations to parties
and product news, as well as swinging seats, a pool table and a roof terrace for natural light.
Like the other offices in this list, it encourages staff to talk to each other.

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