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Microsoft Builds Treehouse Office For Its Employees:- In an exciting development, Microsoft has built treehouse workspaces with embedded tech at its Redmond campus in US. The workspaces, that will serve as meeting spaces and a more casual work environment, have been built with an aim to help its employees gain creativity, focus and happiness.
The treehouse, designed by renowned builder Pete Nelson, is one of the three new branch-based meeting spaces. It is a part of a larger new system of technology-enabled outdoor districts connected to buildings around campus empowering employees to work in new ways.
The outdoor meeting spaces, during its construction in summer, created a wave of curiosity. Two enclosed treehouses and one elevated roost called the ‘Crow’s Nest’, are part of the meeting spaces. “While some companies have moved toward the trend of creating green indoor spaces that function as proxies for the outdoors, Microsoft has something unique that most companies located within large metropolitan areas don’t have: a 500-acre campus nestled in the woods, with greenspace and wildlife galore,” a company blog said.
Microsoft’s long-ago envisioned connection to the environment is emphasized by the outdoor meeting space, while increasing opportunities for workers to collaborate-all, while maintaining the reliable connectivity of a traditional office. AV system or calibrated climate control is not present. The employees are allowed for an outdoor Wi-Fi network to range. The electricity sources are revealed by a bench which is weatherproof and contains a hatch.
Also, extended outside is the indoor cafeteria, with a barbecue restaurant built into a shipping container. People who are or have low vision navigate are helped by the tactile surfaces. Rust-proof rocking chairs, an outdoor gas fireplace are present in the space that brings the warmth of a ski lodge. Moreover an after-work crowd is attracted by the space by the weatherproof awning. The Microsoft logo is stenciled onto the manicured lawn when the sun shines. Two of the three treehouses, which are accessible to all employees, are open. The third, a sheltered lounge space, will be ready later this year.