was commissioned by Microsoft to move their Sales, Marketing, and Services
Group (SMSG) from their offices in Kendall square to Burlington, MA, with the
goal to transform their way of working together and how they interface with
their customers. With a 50,000 SF lease for this new space, Microsoft and their
enterprise sales group looked at three primary components that include the
associate workplace, the customer center and the Microsoft Technology Center
associate workplace needed to accommodate a highly mobile workforce with only
50% dedicating seating. The additional seats remain unassigned to accommodate
staff that requires less frequent visits. For this area, lockers, touch-down
areas, and small focus rooms are provided to serve their varied needs.
customer center provides a series of technology-rich meeting spaces and a
large, sub-dividable multi-purpose room for customer meetings, the hosting of
outside industry events, and use by partner enterprises in collaborative
efforts. It also serves as a front door presence for the company, and a place
to explain Microsoft’s mission and values.
MTC is a highly sophisticated executive briefing area focused on the
development, curation and integration of technology into customers’ lives.
Located at the heart of the space, this area showcases how technology can
become an intrinsic part of an environment, rather than something that is applied.
Multiple labs, high-end conference rooms, display areas, and a theater-like
experience center serve to both showcase how product can be used, as well as
work closely with customers help them develop new paradigms for themselves.
This project was built on Microsoft’s overall
corporate design approach. In an effort to support a culture of connection
between people, Sasaki and Microsoft worked to develop a workplace atmosphere
that feels less like a traditional corporate setting and more like a welcoming
hospitality-style environment. Materials are rich and warm, lighting is smaller scale, more focused and
unique rather than ubiquitous bars of light, and internal views are highly
varied. No one part of the office feels
the same as another. The new office
creates many opportunities for people come together in places that they feel
comfortable, are appropriate for the task they are working on, and are imbued
with the technology that they are developing.
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