Here is a photo tour of Microsoft’s new research building called Building 99 in Redmond, Washington, USA.
huge atrium with a coffee shop, a huge projector and sound system, so
they can hold speeches there, or show movies or do other presentations.
the building there are tons of collaboration spaces where they could
meet, along with surfaces they could write things on. Here’s some
equations that were on one such collaboration area, done by the
A “Minority Report” like holographic screens. Cool toys these guys have.
conference room has a little computer in front of it. Want to know if
the room is open to use? Just check. Or sign up. It hooks into
Microsoft’s Exchange server so other people who are at their desks can
see the room is taken.
Research is doing a lot of research where they need a completely quiet
room, so they built one. Called an anechoic chamber this thing is so
quiet you could hear your heart beating.
floor is actually elevated so all networking, and air control can be
put underneath. The carpet isn’t actually one solid piece, but rather is
tiled so that each piece can be lifted off and things underneath can be
reconfigured. If a researcher is bothered by the location of the air
vent in their office he or she could have it moved to some other
location. Even the interior walls were moveable. So, if a group wanted
to change its space they could do so without costing Microsoft a lot of
money in rebuilding costs.
The parking garage tells you what floors have spaces available so you don’t waste time looking.
of wasting lots of room building bigger offices so that researchers
could have space for book collections, they built book cases into the
Wide open spaces with coffee tables.
Many of the conference rooms are open to viewing from the atrium.