• Microsoft HQ Interiors

      Microsoft’s Denmark Headquarters explore a new model in collaborative work. Partially inspired by a 2005 address by Bill Gates, the headquarters create space for dialogue between colleagues, guests and students; a modern interpretation of the shared workplace

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    • In a 2005 memo titled The New World of Work, Microsoft Founder and CEO Bill Gates wrote, “Over the next decade, shared workplaces will become far more robust.” Ten years later, the doors opened to Gates’ proof of concept. Our headquarters for Microsoft Denmark is a dedicated exploration of the collaborative office – Instead of fixed desks, many employees select the workspace that suits the day’s tasks, cycling between conference rooms, communal tables or clustered desks. Internal glass walls enhance visual dialogue within the workplace, contributing to a stronger sense of activity and collaboration between colleagues. The ground floor atrium functions as a common space between Microsoft employees, guests, and students from the neighboring Technical University of Denmark campus. In this way, the Microsoft Headquarters become a local hotspot for knowledge sharing, extending the experiment in collaborative working to the greater community.

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