When Microsoft in Oslo merged two offices into one, the ambition was to create work environments where the company's employees have the opportunity to realize their potential.
The tech industry attracts many young people and it was therefore important for Microsoft to be able to offer a workplace that lives up to the demands of the workforce of the future. A group that expects a workplace that is flexible, informal and extremely functional.
Zinc interior architects have been responsible for the interior design concept, which was developed in close collaboration with Microsoft’s own employees. The vision was to create optimal work spaces for different types of work and individuals. The process resulted in solutions where, for example, the developers got permanent workplaces in their teams with their own meeting rooms and areas. Sales and marketing got activity-based workplaces where variation is the key – here you customize the workplace depending on the day’s work tasks.
The ambition was to find the right balance between areas for collaboration and places for concentrated work, while the interior design should clearly convey a sense of belonging and understanding of the company’s values and goals.
The finished office is characterized by a great variety of colours and patterns, in everything from ceilings to floors. Each conference room has its own theme and expression. Art has also taken a significant place in the premises, where both Munch interpretations and specially designed motifs for Microsoft are represented.
Input interior has acted as a complete supplier in the project and delivered everything from workplaces and work chairs to conference rooms, acoustic solutions, lighting and special carpentry.