Microsoft built treehouse workspaces for its employees – CNBC

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Microsoft employees are taking to the trees.

The company has built treehouses, with embedded tech, on its Redmond campus to serve as meeting spaces and a more casual work environment.

“With their workspace turned inside out and meetings taking place up in the foliage employees are figuring out how to rethink what working looks like,” the company said in a blog post.

More than 12 feet off the ground, the treehouses feature charred-wood walls, skylights, at least one gas fireplace, Wi-Fi and hidden electrical outlets. Employees can even grab a bite at an outdoor extension of the indoor cafeteria.

The “more Hobbit than HQ” treehouses are designed by Pete Nelson of the TV show “Treehouse Masters” and are part of Microsoft’s growing “outdoor districts.”

The company touts the professional benefits of working in nature — greater creativity, focus and happiness — but honestly, the treehouses are just plain cool.

“Microsoft has something unique that most companies located within large metropolitan areas don’t have: a 500-acre campus nestled in the woods, with greenspace and wildlife galore,” the company blog said.

Two of the three treehouses are complete and ready for use, and a third will be finished later this year.



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