Microsoft Headquarter / INNOCAD

Microsoft headquarter / innocad

On the basis of Microsoft’s Work Place Advantage Concept (WPA), the project team was able to work in close collaboration with the Microsoft project team during the subsequent project realization phase, the team of architects assumed responsibility for the overall design of the new Microsoft working environment as construction supervisors and project managers. This allowed the total project-schedule to be as quick as 14 months (from tender to finalization).

Microsoft headquarter / innocad

In order to create the ideal constellation of physical, social and virtual work environments for the company’s employees, Microsoft has conducted several studies on this topic in recent years. The result is the Work Place Advantage Concept, which analyses the employee structure of every branch office on the basis of five categories, from the Resident (fixed workstation, always in the office) to the Nomad (hardly ever in the office), and uses this information to create a custom-tailored interior program.

Microsoft headquarter / innocad

The complete renovation of the 4,500 m² headquarters in Vienna took this concept to heart and even took it one step further: the “sealed-off” employee floors were broken up and arranged in a transparent manner.

An architectural „life-line“ traverses the entire building in the form of accessible, multi-functional furniture, providing a spatial bracket around all of the floors, and facilitates a variety of functional settings. The greatest possible flexibility is also provided in the closed meeting rooms: Every employee can select their ideal environment, according to their needs and mood.

Microsoft headquarter / innocad

All high-traffic areas, such as corridors and foyers, were designed to be intentionally dynamic. The striped vinyl floor and a slide that allows quick access from the second to the first floor both symbolize movement.

Microsoft headquarter / innocad

The accompanying green walls in all of the floors have both an atmospheric and positive effect on the climate of the space. The lighting concept works with as few light sources as possible. Neutral, uniform lighting in the form of linear light elements in the “life-line” creates an atmospheric undertone.

Project Details:
Location: Vienna, Austria
Type: Offices
Architects: INNOCadwww.innocad.at
Construction finished 10/2011
Floor Area: 4.500m2
Cost: 2.800.000 Euro
Photos: Paul Ott – www.paul-ott.at

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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