Relocated in 2007 from an office tower in Guangzhou’s central business district to an old 9,500-square-foot factory on the edge of town, Ogilvy & Mather’s Canton office was conceived as a “carnival of ideas.” It features a full-size carousel, a faux Ferris wheel, and facades covered in circus lights. The festival theme serves as a reminder of the company’s mission to “stay fresh.”

The main office floor has a narrow, high-wire-like walkway.

Photograph by Noah Sheldon for Bloomberg Businessweek

Relocated in 2007 from an office tower in Guangzhou’s central business district to an old 9,500-square-foot factory on the edge of town, Ogilvy & Mather’s Canton office was conceived as a “carnival of ideas.” It features a full-size carousel, a faux Ferris wheel, and facades covered in circus lights. The festival theme serves as a reminder of the company’s mission to “stay fresh.”

The main office floor has a narrow, high-wire-like walkway.

Photograph by Noah Sheldon for Bloomberg Businessweek

Ogilvy & Mather's Surreal Guangzhou Office

“Carnival of Ideas”
“Carnival of Ideas”

Relocated in 2007 from an office tower in Guangzhou’s central business district to an old 9,500-square-foot factory on the edge of town, Ogilvy & Mather’s Canton office was conceived as a “carnival of ideas.” It features a full-size carousel, a faux Ferris wheel, and facades covered in circus lights. The festival theme serves as a reminder of the company’s mission to “stay fresh.”

The main office floor has a narrow, high-wire-like walkway.

Photograph by Noah Sheldon for Bloomberg Businessweek
Hello Catty
Hello Catty

The creatives at Ogilvy & Mather are friendlier than some of their desk décor.

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Boardroom Marquee
Boardroom Marquee

A cinema marquee is intended to give the boardroom an “opening night” glow.

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Wall-E Installation
Wall-E Installation

More desk décor.

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Ferris Wheel Meeting Space
Ferris Wheel Meeting Space

Employees meet privately in the carriages of the faux Ferris wheel.

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Carousel Horses
Carousel Horses

Carousel horses trot throughout the office. One conceals an overhead projector in its head.

Photograph by Noah Sheldon for Bloomberg Businessweek