OFFICE / Corporate

Fully integrated culture.

An incremental design approach helps control decision-making and builds consensus along the way. Our design team integrates architecture, interiors, and urban design fluidly and skillfully through the process to focus on interior needs—for occupants and their experiences—and exterior needs, for the site and connections. The architecture is developed where these two approaches meet. Here, we find the phenomena that help us deliver unique and productive workplace cultures to owners.

Amidst a campus-wide effort to instill building lobbies with unique personalities, Microsoft challenged us to redesign one of the most important entry points at their Redmond, Washington headquarters. The Redwest C Lobby needed to serve two contrasting functions: support the highly secure operations of the critical teams in the building and serve as a universally inviting check-in site for the company’s many important visitors. Our firm’s rich multidisciplinary experience guided our approach to this dual-purpose space. We fused a hospitality-inspired sense of welcome and calm with elements of security and organization barrowing from our more technical projects. Of course, the north star compelling every aspect was Microsoft global brand standards. Engaging our familiarity with branded experiences, we balanced regional and building-specific storytelling with worldwide corporate parameters to create confident, functional trailhead from which employees and visitors can enter Microsoft’s world headquarters.