Microsoft recently revealed that some of its meetings are now actually being held up in the air, or at least higher above ground as the giant tech company recently started building treehouse offices.
Microsoft unveiled its latest office space and the ideas and concept behind it in a recent blog post.
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Treehouse Offices, a Way of Reconnecting with Nature
According to the statement, this recently emerged treehouse is helping Microsoft “evolve the modern workspace”. Not only that, such options might also help employees reconnect with each other as well as with the environment.
A total of three treehouse offices was built on Microsoft’s 500-acres Redmond campus in Washington. These were constructed by Treehouse Masters’ Pete Nelson, and two of them are already open for use. The third and last one will reportedly later this year, and will offer a sheltered lounge space.
These new workspaces were built over 12 feet off the ground, but nonetheless, offer all the much-needed elements of any regular office. They are equipped with electrical outlets that are incorporated into the design and can access an outdoor Wi-Fi network that ensures their connectivity.
At the same time, the treehouse offices are more “Hobbit than HQ”. Namely, they come with elements such as skylights, a fireplace, more than one gas fireplace, as well as charred-wood walls, and wood canopies.
Microsoft states that the treehouses were built to expand and flex as the trees grow. They should also last for around 20 or more years, but as representatives point out, they will still have to be taken down at one point or another.
The company declares that its decision to build these new workplaces also factored the employees’ wishes. Reportedly, when asked what they would like to change, quite a lot of them responded that they would enjoy spending more time outside.
“We want to bring more human touch back into the workplace. For people to be the most productive and create the best products, we want them to have that opportunity for collaboration,” states Bret Boulter.
He headed the project and works on the Microsoft Redmond campus Real Estate & Facilities.
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