What is the ultimate workplace setting? How about a quick view inside Microsoft’s newest campus?
Having grown and evolved for several decades now, Microsoft has the ability to aspire to create the ultimate corporate campus. My early image of the Microsoft workplace was of dark caves where the Microserf geeks worked quietly at their computers day and night. In contrast, the campus supports a very collaborate setting and strong connection to the outdoors. There’s sleek coffee bar, lounges, and even a bike shop. The materials are rich in wood, glass, concrete, and stone, with an emphasis on views of man-made landscape.
A memorable experience is emerging from several levels of underground parking to a pristine soccer field surrounded by gorgeous airy office buildings. But what’s next? One must have a badge to move through any of the highly secured spaces. Hopefully we can also move away from the car dependency. To truly be the ultimate work setting, I believe the next step is allowing some messiness of everyday living, in the form of say, children and village life. Downtown Belleview is moving this direction and I’ll be watching to see how that succeeds.