Microsoft’s office innovation team faced the challenge of responding to the question of how offices will work and look like in 15years. They had to respond to this challenge with a real design and they created Building 4. It’s a prototype and it was designed by studio O+A and Microsoft. The collaboration was not at all disappointing. It was an expected result, after the success the firm had with other companies such as Facebook, AOL or Dreamhost.
Building 4 is located in Redmond, Washington. It’s where the Microsoft campus is also located and it’s an innovative creation. It’s an office building and it shows us a version of how the future will look like. In these offices, everyone will collaborate and will sit together. It will be a way of allowing creativity to reach a new level and it’s a space designed to encourage interactions and concentration. The office also includes a series of focus pods for smaller groups to work at their projects.
This future office also has meeting rooms, spaces where the employees have the opportunity of collaborating. It’s an area designed for both formal and informal meetings. Since it was a request coming from Microsoft, the designers took inspiration from the company’s history and already existing offices. The result was a playful space with dynamic patterns and bold colors. It’s a 59,000 square feet space divided into several areas with specific functions. There’s even a bike workshop where bicycles can be rented.