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Balancing the Benefits of People, Place and Tech

As a global leader in productivity technology, Microsoft looked to its new San Francisco office as a showroom for innovation and discovery with a balance of people, place, and technology.

Built using Microsoft’s global design guidelines, the new office seamlessly integrates mobile technology to allow people to work anyplace, anytime. Its products become the vehicle for how people move through the space both guiding and driving the user experience.

MICROSOFT

LOCATION
san francisco, california
SIZE
43,500 SF
SCOPE
architecture
interior design
furniture design
lighting design
AWARDS

Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Honoree, 2015

Interior Design Magazine
Make it Work Award, 2015

The suspended ceiling panel sails lead visitors to an interactive second-story brand landing in the middle of the office's internal staircase. ​ There, a growing digital moss wall responds to movement using Microsoft’s Kinect technology that displays California poppies and monarch butterflies as people pass. ​ Actual living green walls are also included throughout the space, which offer a tactile contrast to the digital palette and natural points of relief for the human eye.

Although an increasingly mobile workforce means employees do not have to be in the office to work, Microsoft wants to encourage employees to come in. Since work can be performed anywhere, the company sees the workplace as more of a meeting space, where connections and relationships are forged at an eye-to-eye level. It was therefore important to create inviting spaces that would encourage conversation and increase collaboration. ​

​ Put your brand at the center of your space’s experience.

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Microsoft San Francisco

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LOCATION

san francisco, california

SIZE

43,500 SF

SCOPE

architecture
interior design
furniture design
lighting graphics

AWARDS

Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Honoree, 2015

Interior Design Magazine Make it Work Award, 2015

As a global leader in productivity technology, Microsoft looked to its new San Francisco office as a showroom for innovation and discovery with a balance of people, place, and technology.

Built using Microsoft’s global design guidelines, the new office seamlessly integrates mobile technology to allow people to work anyplace, anytime. Its products become the vehicle for how people move through the space both guiding and driving the user experience.

The suspended ceiling panel sails lead visitors to an interactive second-story brand landing in the middle of the office's internal staircase. ​ There, a growing digital moss wall responds to movement using Microsoft’s Kinect technology that displays California poppies and monarch butterflies as people pass. ​ Actual living green walls are also included throughout the space, which offer a tactile contrast to the digital palette and natural points of relief for the human eye.

Although an increasingly mobile workforce means employees do not have to be in the office to work, Microsoft wants to encourage employees to come in. Since work can be performed anywhere, the company sees the workplace as more of a meeting space, where connections and relationships are forged at an eye-to-eye level. It was therefore important to create inviting spaces that would encourage conversation and increase collaboration. ​

Put your brand at the center of your space's experience.

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We think you might like these stories too.

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SF

415.525.9179

435 JACKSON STREET

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111

LA

310.343.5856

2633 FAIRFAX AVENUE

CULVER CITY, CA 90232

DENVER

720.370.1618

1800 WAZEE STREET, SUITE 363

DENVER, CO 80202

© 2020 BLITZ