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Beijing office beats workday blues with running track, herb garden and "mini-mountain"

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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes a running track that's available to all employees
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes a running track that's available to all employees
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PAO's previous output includes a pedal-powered RV, which is a little similar to this meeting space
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PAO's previous output includes a pedal-powered RV, which is a little similar to this meeting space
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur is located in Beijing 
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur is located in Beijing 
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes table tennis and a pool table
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes table tennis and a pool table
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes a running track that's available to all employees
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes a running track that's available to all employees
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur's "mini mountain" seating space has multiple sloping surfaces meant to encourage a variety of postures
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur's "mini mountain" seating space has multiple sloping surfaces meant to encourage a variety of postures
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes an air filtration system that collects indoor air quality data and displays it in real time on a monitor above the running track
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes an air filtration system that collects indoor air quality data and displays it in real time on a monitor above the running track
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur's mini mountain also offers access to a mezzanine level with gym, etc
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur's mini mountain also offers access to a mezzanine level with gym, etc
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes an open kitchen and dining area running the length of the office
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes an open kitchen and dining area running the length of the office
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur 's kitchen and dining area is ringed by the running track
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur 's kitchen and dining area is ringed by the running track
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur serves as an office for the Leping Foundation, a non-profit with four main divisions: job training for migrant workers, agricultural research, preschool education, and microfinance
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur serves as an office for the Leping Foundation, a non-profit with four main divisions: job training for migrant workers, agricultural research, preschool education, and microfinance
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur encourages staff to partake in the gardening 
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur encourages staff to partake in the gardening 
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes meeting spaces
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes meeting spaces
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur measures 1,100 sq m (11,840 sq ft) 
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur measures 1,100 sq m (11,840 sq ft) 
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes shared work spaces
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur includes shared work spaces
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur serves as a new Beijing headquarters for the Leping Foundation
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur serves as a new Beijing headquarters for the Leping Foundation
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur encourages staff to partake in the gardening
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An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur encourages staff to partake in the gardening

Perhaps going to work in the morning wouldn't be such a drag if the workplace was designed by People's Architecture Office (PAO). The firm is responsible for off-the-wall ideas like a pedal-powered RV and ventilation shaft dwelling, and has now revealed an unusual office complete with running track, garden and a seating area meant to resemble a mountainside.

The office serves as the new Beijing headquarters for the Leping Foundation, a non-profit. It measures 1,100 sq m (11,840 sq ft) and, most notably, includes a running track available to any employees who want to stretch their legs. Above it is a suspended planter full of greenery. Staff are encouraged to partake in the gardening, and its vegetables and herbs, as well as produce from other hydroponic gardens nearby, are harvested and prepared on-site for lunch each day in an open kitchen.

With air quality such a concern in smoggy Beijing, PAO also installed an "advanced air filtration system" that collects indoor air quality data and displays it in real time on a monitor above the running track.

An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur 's kitchen and dining area is ringed by the running track
An Office for Social Well-Being: Leping Social Entrepreneur 's kitchen and dining area is ringed by the running track

A seating area that PAO calls the "mini mountain" is another highlight. It sports multiple sloping surfaces meant to encourage a variety of postures and provides access to a mezzanine level with a gym, meditation space and meeting room.

"The wall design reminds users of the importance of staying active and changing positions," says PAO. "Gradating bands of blue span the height of the walls and columns at 60 cm (23 in) intervals. Recommended periods of time spent at each height are given and each of these correspond with certain postures and activities, which include laying down, sitting, walking, and climbing."

It's very quirky but probably makes for a nice change from the typical office layout.

Source: PAO

2 comments
Rusty Harris
but what good is it, if when you are "surfing the internet", with most of the web being BLOCKED by your "dear leader"?
Jean Lamb
What a nice showplace. Where do the regular people work?