In the grounds of their Redmond HQ, Microsoft have unveiled a unique series of hi-tech meeting rooms situated high amongst the trees. These treehouses inspire staff’s creativity and literally put employees in touch with nature.
The thought behind the project is that research shows being in touch with nature improves creativity, focus and happiness. Embracing this philosophy, Microsoft utilised over 500 acres of woodlands and outdoors space at their Redmond HQ to build 3 treehouse workspaces as new additions to their massive campus. As you would expect each treehouse is fully equipped with WiFi, meeting rooms, outdoor communal areas, electricity and amazing views.
Talking to Microsoft’s Blog, Bret Boulter, who works in Real Estate & Facilities “People said, given the opportunity, they would work more outside. We don’t have to bring nature to urbanity—we are in nature. It’s at our back door.” Boulter went on to say “The first thing [you notice] when you walk into the space is that everyone is really quiet. You stop talking and are just present, it’s fascinating. People absorb the environment, and it changes the perception of their work and how they can do it.”
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The treehouses were designed by Pete Nelson of Discovery’s Treehouse Masters.