Office Buildings That Really Stand Out

Boston Properties Inc., one of the nation’s largest office landlord’s, recently closed on its acquisition of 100 Federal Street in Boston for about $615 million, marking the biggest office deal so far this year.

That’s noteworthy on its own, but what caught our attention was that the tower’s shape had inspired the nickname the “pregnant building.” So Developments wondered what other unusual office buildings dot cities around the country. It turns out that there are a fair number, some with pretty far-out designs.

Here’s a selection:

CoStar Group
  • Nickname: ‘Binoculars building’
  • Location: Los Angeles’s Venice area
  • Year Built: 1991
  • Architect: Frank Gehry
  • Largest tenant: Google
  • Landlord: W. P. Carey & Co.

The “binoculars building” was originally built as the headquarters for advertising agency Chiat/Day. “Chiat created a unique office environment, including a serpent-shaped sculpture in the board room, which sits in the lenses of the enormous binoculars-shaped façade,” says W. P. Carey executive director Brooks Gordon. (The binoculars were sculpted by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.)

CoStar Group
  • Nickname: ‘Basket building’
  • Location: Newark, Ohio
  • Year built: 1997
  • Architect: The Longaberger Co., NBBJ and Korda Nemeth Engineering
  • Largest tenant: The Longaberger Co. (headquarters)
  • Landlord: The Longaberger Co.

The ‘basket building’ is aptly named: it houses the corporate offices of the handcrafted basket maker. Founder Dave Longaberger thought the basket design would be attention-grabbing. “When he started spreading the idea of building a home office that was really a basket, he found that most people just thought that Dave was making a joke as Dave was a notorious practical joker.” according to the company website.

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