LinkedIn just moved into a new skyscraper in San Francisco and the offices are unlike anything we've ever seen before

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LinkedIn just moved into a new skyscraper in San Francisco and the offices are unlike anything we've ever seen before

Here's the skyscraper. The San Francisco Chronicle's architecture writer panned it, saying it looked as if it was "designed and built by New Yorkers" and comparing it to Darth Vader. But that seems a little extreme. It's a skyscraper. It's reflective and black. It looks kind of cool, if a little imposing.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Walk inside and the lobby is gorgeous. It's a public space, open to anybody.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

It's covered in beautiful wood.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here's the second-floor entry. This view makes it seem as if you're looking through a glass window with words on it, but that's an illusion.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

It becomes clearer as you walk down the hall.

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See, it's on the wall. Message received. FOCUS!

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

The third-floor cafeteria is lovely.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here's a list of all the sources where the cafeteria gets its food. It's a little like a "Portlandia" sketch, but on the other hand it's nice to know where your food is coming from. It's not made in a factory somewhere.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

There are also signs reminding employees to be conscious about wasting food and the water that produces that food.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

There's also a fitness center, which is a nice perk though not uncommon in big tech companies these days.

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You get a nice view as you work out.

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This kitchen would make me think of Coldplay every time I entered it.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here's a vending machine if you need new gear to do your job. We've seen these at Facebook also, but the screen in the middle of the LinkedIn logo is a nice touch.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Employees can play a game of cornhole to blow off steam.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Now we start getting into the really unusual stuff. Each floor has something called a "staff wall" that encourages employees to interact with one another. Here's one that lets them fill in words like Mad Libs.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

A giant backgammon board.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Employees can borrow any of the books here. LinkedIn stocked these, but the company is hoping that over time it will turn into a lending library.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

This one is on the fourth floor, which has a theme of "Obscure San Francisco Parks." Employees are encouraged to post pictures of themselves in parks, but it's being used for all kinds of random snapshots.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here's a gigantic maze.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

This is on the 12th floor, which has a theme of "Video games set in San Francisco." Employees are encouraged to take a picture of themselves dressed as a video game character -- cameras are provided and costumes encouraged -- then post it with info about characteristics like their humor, endurance, and so on.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

There's also a wall commemorating the games themselves.

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Another wall is full of video game controllers.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here's a bin of fortune cookies, with a bulletin board for the fortunes.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Post your own haiku.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here's a silent disco -- a bunch of people can listen to the same song and groove together without disrupting the office. Uber had a whole holiday party based on this concept last year.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here is a map inviting employees to share where they have traveled, where they were born, and so on.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

This display is on the fifth floor, which has the theme "San Francisco Coffee Roasters." Employees are supposed to place their mug shots in the ... mugs.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here you can "create your avatar" by using dry-erase pens to add personal touches to the avatars on the wall.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Best of all: a roof deck to soak in the California sun.

Photo courtesy: Tony Chung, LinkedIn

Here's the view toward downtown San Francisco. We're watching you, LinkedIn.

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Lastly, a view the other way, toward the bay.

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For the last couple of years, a skyscraper has been slowly rising at the corner of Second and Howard Street in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood. The entire building is being leased by LinkedIn, and everybody was calling it "The LinkedIn building."

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Last month, it finally opened. The company invited press to view the lobby, which is impressive enough -- it's covered in hardwood. Now, LinkedIn sent us some photos of the offices taken by one of its engineers, Tony Chung, and it looks utterly amazing.

We've seen a lot of over-the-top tech company offices, both in San Francisco and in Silicon Valley to the south. But LinkedIn's new building has a ton of stuff we've never seen before.

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