occupying six floors inside the recently opened feltrinelli building in milan – designed by herzog & de meuron – is the italian headquarters of microsoft. the new office space, belonging to the ‘microsoft house’, was designed by DEGW, a studio based in milan, who approached the project by applying ‘100% made in italy’ throughout.
the 7,500 sqm microsoft office features a free and smoothly-flowing layout
DEGW’s project is part of a process microsoft italia has been addressing as a ‘new world of work’, an approach to the dynamics of work that involves greater staff flexibility. this means the encouragement of ‘smart working’ and the use of functional and technologically innovative spaces to maximize team work. the second to fifth floors are reserved for company staff and partners.
ground floor reception area
DEGW has designed the interior architecture focusing on italian taste in design, furnishing and accessories, creating a warm and welcoming environment using natural materials like wood. the 7,500 sqm microsoft headquarters features a free and smoothly-flowing layout, and the open space work areas have been designed with no dedicated workstations; everybody is encouraged to move around the space as required.
the ‘envisioning theater’
contrasting work environments have been created to cater to the employees’s different activities. at the same time, the microsoft house has dedicated more than a half of the overall scheme to the public where they promote its company and provide educational space to students, startups, nonprofit organizations and consumers. a focus on well-being and interaction between each other is the backbone around which time management and this new way of working revolve. as a result, an array of ‘smart working’ spaces have been incorporated that balance settings that are both functional and experiential.
the space is designed eclectically, casually, comfortably and in a varied way, featuring natural colors and the odd accentuated hue, complete with customized lighting appliances and unique custom-designed furniture. we have mainly focused on the intrinsic meaning of the ‘human touch’, creating a better, smarter and more flexible working environment. – cristiana boienti, senior architect at DEGW
the triple-height ‘the loft’ space is located on the fifth floor offering a view across the city
the concept of ‘play’ has been incorporated into the interior with fake pitch carpeting
the employee café space
the creative gardens are private areas with high-performance acoustics
the ‘immersion suite’
the smart platforms, placed inside metal structures enclosed by sound panels and sliding partitions
a more futuristic theme runs through the offices as well
the non-assigned open space workstations differ from each other in terms of layout
client: microsoft italia
client leader: alessandro adamo – DEGW italia
senior architect: cristiana boienti – DEGW italia
time frame: 2015 – 2017
location: viale pasubio 17, 20154 milan, italy
overall area: 8,600 sqm
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bookshelves on either side of the sphere provide both stairs and seating, before continuing along the ceiling to create an illuminated topography.