Workplace Design employ
Oblique to Microsoft's Advantage
breaking, global approach to the working environment - Workplace
Advantage - is manifest in the company's new sales and marketing
operation in Edinburgh where the embodiment of its principles and design
philosophy employs VERCO Oblique systems furniture within a procurement
and installation programme undertaken by London-based design consultancy
The Michael Laird
Architects-designed interior for the Microsoft Scotland Customer Centre
at Waverley Gate offers over 12,000 sq ft of office accommodation across
the top two floors of the building. It's quite something.
With stunning views across
the city, the top floor afforded the most stimulating point of entry to
the Centre and here Microsoft customer and sales partner-facing areas
constitute presentation and boardroom suites, main reception and a
breakout area with access to an extensive roof garden.
The floor below homes Microsoft Scotland's product and concept
development areas. A series of functional, flexible spaces where product
concepts are developed and demonstrated, it includes micro stage sets
with changeable, illuminated backdrops and furniture settings.
This floor also includes a total of 56 Oblique workstations to
accommodate the needs of the company's mobile workforce of over 90 staff.
The furniture, in Dove Grey
with frosted Perspex screens, cable trays, and trip tool rails for PC
monitor attaching, on stainless steel leg frames, is aligned to the
building's north and south-facing window walls, while within it are
located collaboration spaces including glazed meeting pods and well as
open and informal meeting areas.
Private 'phone booth' and
bench touchdown areas located at the east end provide the team with
further workplace options and, combined with the 'spine' and the open
plan areas, complete this hierarchy of workplace environments.
"This was an enormously
satisfying project to fulfill from both a commercial and aesthetic
perspective," reflects Workplace Deign director Andrew Sapio.
"Microsoft has a clear
vision of the workplace according with the very best thinking on the
topic and its strategy for engaging employees, customers and sales
partners sets the pace in workplace design."
"Furniture inevitably has
played a major role in helping shape the client's aspirations for
Waverley Gate into a reality and Oblique is a prominent component in our
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