Microsoft remodels building for incubator home (photos)
The software giant, sometimes criticized for a lack of innovation, refurbished one of the older buildings on its Redmond campus to accommodate its incubation project, the Microsoft Garage.
Microsoft Garage reception
The reception area of the Microsoft Garage, the newly remodeled building 4 on Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus, features plenty of glass and natural light. The Garage is the company's effort to incubate grassroots innovation, supporting after-hours projects by Microsoft employees.
The lobby in the newly remodeled building 4, the home of Microsoft Garage, has a large skylight to let in the sun, which occasionally makes an appearance in the Pacific Northwest. The building, one of the oldest on the company's Redmond, Wash., campus, used to be a dim warren of one-person offices.
The new Microsoft Garage building includes temporary workspace, or pods, for two, three, or five employees to set up shop to collaborate on a project. Employees will cycle through the offices (in the background of this photo) when their project is completed.
Unlike other cafeteria's on Microsoft's campus, the dining spot in the Microsoft Garage is set up specifically to encourage random meetings. Employees can sit at picnic bench tables, and they can take in presentations as well.
Microsoft has included a bike workshop in the Microsoft Garage building, a place where employees can store and fix their bicycles. There are also a few bikes for anyone on the team to grab to get around campus.