The Most Iconic Office Addresses

May 9 2016

Darren Best

We have rounded up some of the most iconic office addresses on the commercial property map. These buildings have influenced the skylines they occupy and are true attractions to the cities they have been constructed in.

The most iconic office addresses:

Trump Tower - 725 5th Avenue

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This office building could become a second home to the White House come November, if Mr Donald Trump is voted as America's 58th President. Trump Tower may be one of the most distinctive buildings in the world, located just south of Central Park. The building is 666 ft tall, housing 58 stories, with the first 26 for commercial-use only. To give an idea of how much it would cost to rent office space here, residential apartments start from $3,006 per sq. ft. The Tower is iconic for its appearance in the US version of The Apprentice. It also notably served as the location for Wayne Enterprises in the latest Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. And houses Donald Trump and family in the upper floors. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruce Willis are said to be currently  staying here, and the Tower has housed many famous guests in the past such as Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Dick Clark.

The Gherkin - 30 St Mary Axe

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The Gherkin has always been famous for its peculiar shape that has now become part and parcel of the London skyline. Known as the most civilised skyscraper in the world, The Gherkin entered the headlines back in 2014 as it was put into receivership, due to defaulting on debts since 2009. The iconic tower was bought by Brazilian billionaire Joseph Safra in late 2014 as over 200 interested parties all vouched for a stake in the building. The tower is iconic for its appearance, now synonymous with London's skyscraper community. Moreover, the building has a strong history, standing on the former site of the Baltic Exchange, which was destroyed in an IRA bombing in 1992. It was also designed by famed architect Norman Foster, winning several awards following completion for its achievements in contemporary architecture. Amazing views are secondary to this buildings impressive environmental credentials. Due to its highly-efficient design, the tower is said to use nearly 50% less energy as a building of similar size, using natural heat, light and energy instead. Workstations are available here from £750 to £950 each per month. Current occupiers include Swiss Re (occupying half of the 50,000 sq m space) and are the longest tenants, alongside Regus and Kirkland and Ellis LLP.

The Shard - 32 London Bridge Street

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The Shard was opened in 2013, sparking attention from around the world, becoming not only the tallest building in London, but both the UK and the European Union. The 309 metre structure has become an icon for its size, style and opulence. The 95 storey tower has 73 floors of restaurants, hotel rooms and office space. Current occupiers include software firm Sage based on level 17 and global jewellers Tiffany and Co. The Shard provides ultra-modern workspaces with floor-to-ceiling glazing letting natural light flood the work environment. It has received plenty of media attention following its construction and opening. Notably, magician Dynamo performed a levitation stunt above the tower where he could be seen suspended at the top. It was conceived as a vertical city to inspire change, providing award-winning restaurants and 5 star hotels alongside unbeatable panoramic views at the UK's highest viewing gallery. The Shard has commanded record office rent prices with companies paying £90 per square feet, the highest recorded rents in the City and South Bank.

Necker Island - Richard Branson

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Richard Branson, billionaire businessman and Virgin entrepreneur has blogged about never working out of an office and is a huge supporter of flexible working. He puts his creativity down to the places he's worked in. And so in true Branson style, his office of choice is a small privately owned island in the British Virgin Islands. Branson bought the island for the small sum of $180,000 way back in the early '80s and was perhaps one of the best deals he's done in his business life. Although, the deal came with conditions to build a resort within five years of ownership. Necker Island is the ultimate in secluded luxury, and reportedly costs over £30,000 a night to stay in the six weeks it is exclusively open to the public. Richard Branson originally intended the island to be a getaway for young bands to make records back before Virgin music had ever been successful. It is now a hub for entrepreneurs, his home and an exclusive travel destination. We think brainstorming would be a little easier in this inspiring setting.  

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