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Details of Microsoft's headquarters renovation plan reveal that some parks (videos) will be opened like Apple Park.

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Two years ago, it was reported thatMicrosoftA large-scale reconstruction of Redmond's headquarters park is planned to accelerate rapid access between buildings by creating more centralized designs. Microsoft plans to dramatically improve the current decentralization of buildings by rearranging and planning 72 acres (29,1373.6 square meters).

Today, GeekWire, the foreign media, has exclusively obtained the scenario planning and vision of Microsoft's new campus. It is clear that this multi-billion-dollar reconstruction project will create a good office environment for Microsoft employees. Part of the current project includes the demolition of buildings in the 1980s and the construction of more modern locations, possibly equipped with the latest and best technology provided by the company and its partners, as well as more fashionable business environments, such as open office space, better conference rooms and leisure areas.

Although Microsoft is at a relatively early stage of the project, some employees may enter their new office in 2022 and 2023, and the park will be connected to the light rail from downtown Seattle to Redmond. The preliminary plan of the project is to demolish the original two-storey buildings (with a total area of about 929,000 square meters), including buildings 1-6 and 8-10. Then 17 new buildings will be built with a total area of 279,000 square meters and 8,000 additional employees.

Although Microsoft specifies most of the content of each building, including the materials used, the company hired LMN, NBBJ, WRNS Studio and ZGF Architects to help design Skanska, Balfour Beatty, GLY and Salen as contractors to help participate in the project. Finally, GeekWire reports that this is an 80/20 relationship because contractors and designers can decide how many creative designs the final result of a new building design will be, and Microsoft is the majority of decision makers.

Similar to Apple, Microsoft also wants to open some of its parks to the public and plans to provide opportunities for public events, sports, shopping and catering. Microsoft seems certain to invest in the well-being of its employees, but its new project can also be seen as an investment in the company's future recruitment, as it now competes with Amazon and Facebook in its own backyard.

More details are available:GeekWire

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