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Look Inside Shutterstock's Hyper Connected Empire State Building HQ

Just a couple months ago, the online stock photo behemoth Shutterstock relocated its New York headquarters to a brand spankin' new 85,000 square foot space in the Empire State Building. And after seeing the remarkable transformation of the raw 20th and 21st floors of the iconic Art Deco landmark, we had to check it out up close. It's a stunner.

Rather than stay in the same neighborhood, the company studied commute times for all its employees and considered new spaces in areas where people would be sharing the burden as equally as possible. By relocating to midtown Manhattan (from the Financial District), they were able to shave off an average of three minutes for everyone.

A mesmerizing giant wall of screens greets you as you enter the lobby, displaying a never-ending stream of Shutterstock images and video.

It's like a mini indoor Times Square, except silent and beautiful.

While the space was totally revamped, they tried to integrate as many art deco touches as they could, including this artfully crafted metal barrier along the stairwell. Fun fact: this staircase — which connects the 20th and 21st floors — is the widest one in the entire skyscraper, at ten feet.

Since their last digs were scattered across four floors, there was a big emphasis on creating big, open, and communal touchdown spaces here.

Unsurprisingly, the one with the suspended swinging bench is very popular.

A catered lunch is served every day in the sprawling kitchen, which doubles as a gallery to showcase users' original images (and videos).

Since Shutterstock has employees all over the world, it's not unusual to see their disembodied faces rollling around on a Double robot, basically a little Segway for iPads, which they can steer and control remotely.

There are loads of conference rooms to get down to business, but there are also quite a few spaces dedicated to chilling out. This one is Alice In Wonderland-themed with couches and a couple gaming consoles. And that tiny table up against the wall? It's an arcade machine stocked with nearly every old-school game you'd ever want to play.

They call this one 8-Bit. It's covered in Tetris carpet and Super Mario scenery with a ping pong table, and an even larger arcade machine, should someone be bogarting the other one.

And when you'd rather chill without a screen in sight there's a "secret" library tucked behind a hidden door in a faraway corner. Naptime anyone?

In keeping with the whole decompression theme, there's even a yoga and meditation studio where classes are held throughout the week. It's pretty easy to spot, tucked right behind the pair of massage rooms — where they offer rubdowns every Friday. Yep.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He has never intentionally taken a nap at work.