Microsoft office prototype of Studio O+A

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.

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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.

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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.