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    April 30, 2012

    Inside Microsoft’s Amsterdam HQ

    Take a look inside the offices of Microsoft’s headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    The space has been designed to optimise what is called ‘hotdesking’ , where employees and senior executives are not assigned specific desks or individual offices. Rather, a variety of different types of work areas are provided, conducive for conducting different kinds of work. This includes “œteamwork benches, enclosed and semi-enclosed meeting rooms, open informal meeting areas, concentration booths, individual work carousels and work lounges.“

    The spaces provide either a more formal working environment or place for employees to relax and wind down in areas that include simple and comfortable furniture with pops of colour and natural lighting.

    The office, designed by Sevil Peach and Veldhoen + Co. took several years to implement as it was important to the company to receive employee feedback to ensure that staff were receptive to the idea of ‘hotdesking’ before going ahead with the design.

    View the office images below:


    Source: Stephen Searer for Office Snapshots; Photography: Gary Turnbull, Harold Pareira and Matthijs Borghgraef

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    • Amazing design, looks like a really relaxed place to work. I’m still not 100% sure about the hotdesking idea though – I don’t think I’d be able to really get into my work without having an area that was mine. I think that having your own desk and then flexible meeting spaces is maybe better for a lot of workers.