Microsoft is building a massive new headquarters that looks nothing like Apple's

  • Microsoft is building a massive new headquarters that looks nothing like Apple's

Microsoft is building a massive new headquarters that looks nothing like Apple's

Microsoft's Redmond campus, which opened in 1986, now totals 15 million square feet in 125 buildings.

The new construction will add about 2.5 million sq. feet (0,23 sq. kms) of new space that will allow the company to bring 8,000 new employees on campus (the current campus occupies about 15 million sq. feet, or 1.39 sq. kms, and hosts over 47,000 employees). As 18 new buildings would be constructed on the Microsoft Redmond Campus, 12 older buildings would be bulldozed.

Among the improvements include a 2-acre open plaza with room for 12,000 people, hiking trails, sports fields, retail space and a pedestrian bridge crossing a bypassing freeway that will connect to a planned light rail station in 2023.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), meanwhile, has built over the last decade a dense, a high-rise urban campus that has completely transformed Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, and more recently, the northern edge of downtown. All vehicle parking will go underground, and in its place will spring up sports fields, a tree-lined boulevard, and a two-acre open plaza that can hold up to 12,000 people for events. Today Microsoft has 125 buildings on our Redmond campus.

Microsoft announced the plans for expansion via the Microsoft blog. Instead, the firm envisions the new campus as a place filled with open spaces and plenty of light. Already, 42 percent of Microsoft's employees get to work by means other than a single-occupant vehicle-but that means something like 27,300 employees are gripping the wheel in the region's worsening traffic each day. As a Zero Waste Certified campus we will continue to focus further on waste-reduction initiatives. We will create that workplace in part by applying our learnings from our other recent campus redevelopment projects in Redmond, Vancouver B.C. and the Paddington office in London, and how they have enabled teams to collaborate, showcase our workspace and related technologies for customers and, most importantly, enhance the experience for employees. Microsoft says it will help in the design of energy-smart buildings.