World's Coolest Offices: Your Picks

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Education First

Headquarters: Lucerne, Switzerland

In 1965, Bertil Hult founded EF Education First, the world's largest private education business, which specialized in language training, educational travel, academic degrees, and cultural exchange. The company, which is run by Philip and Alex Hult, has 400 schools and offices around the world, including a cozy, four-story outpost in Shanghai, pictured here. EF's in-house architect, Fiona Kennedy, spearheaded the design, which employs smooth, curvilinear lines and warm neutrals, including this spiral staircase with recessed lights. Notably, organic-feeling accents like the plant wall and hardwood flooring make it hard to believe the space was once a gymnasium.