/ Microsoft Buildings 16 and 17

Redmond, WA

/ Microsoft Buildings 16 and 17

Redmond, WA

Microsoft is known for thinking big, and made no exception for these buildings at Redmond Campus. The multi-million dollar tenant improvement efforts completely gutted and reworked the interiors of Buildings 16 and 17, allowing us to design without restrictions and create spaces unlike anything we’ve seen before.

  • Partnered with Microsoft and pushed creative boundaries to create a one-of-a-kind workspace. Open, collaborative and modern, the buildings are completely unique to Microsoft and align with the company’s recently launched Workplace Advantage (WPA) program.
  • Aligned with the high-design architectural vision, remaining conscious of how end-users would interact with the space and incorporating a multitude of complicated, custom features, including a sixty-foot, suspended walkway in Building 17, to dynamic canted walls and skylights throughout.
  • Designed an incredible “floating” staircase in the central atrium. No columns support the stairs, instead our engineers created a cantilever system which allow the stairs to seem suspended in mid-air.
  • Encased the stairwell in impressive, multi-story cubes. Although hung from the roof structure, multiple layers of structural steel make the supports effectively invisible, continuing the “floating” theme. The cubes serve as an anchor of the space and design, and equipped with Microsoft Kinect, they interact with passersby using movement and color.
  • Coordinated partial demolition of the building’s post-tensioned concrete slab. The dangerous process required careful organization as the team destressed and restressed tendons stretching the length of the building.
  • Added value to the project team by working against accelerated timelines, conducting advanced analysis, and leveraging our expertise to identify creative solutions that maximized space and overall building performance.

/ Client

Microsoft Corporation

/ Size

250,000 SF

/ Team

Gensler, GLY Construction

/ Recognition

IIDA INawards15 2015 "INmass15 (Macro) Winner," American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle Chapter Honor Awards 2015 "Award of Merit"