I have turned down offers in part because I'd be in an open layout office. In one case I would have had a couple feet of desk space at a long desk in a huge room. Heck, since he's mentioned in the article header and it was a few years back I don't mind saying it was at Bloomberg, doing C++ development; the work appeared great and the people that interviewed me seemed to know their stuff; and recently (so obviously it wouldn't have impacted me back then, but as a point of interest) I saw a couple of John Lakos's CppCon presentations and was singing with the choir. I took an offer much further south with an office (with a window, even). The NYC recruiting company managing the on-site interviews was not happy at this election, and tried to stiff me out of my travel reimbursement, but we worked it out.
Since Microsoft I've been spoiled for cubes (I've heard some of their newer buildings are cubes; I was in Office) and I won't say not having an office would always be a deal-breaker but pretty close to it. When my present company was in temporary space I had a cube with loud people making free to strike up random conversations or phone calls just outside it and it drove me absolutely bonkers; I even went home to work a couple times. Now I have an office as we had agreed on before coming on full time and things are much better.