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WATCH: Microsoft builds tree-house offices for employees

/ 12:25 PM October 17, 2017

Regardless of how old we get, there’s always something captivating and alluring about tree houses.


Tech-giant Microsoft continues its corporate objective of providing a relaxing and stress-free environment to its employees, this time offering a wooden work space in three natural locations.

In hopes of boosting productivity by exposing workers to nature, Microsoft opened its “outdoor districts,” which are directly connected to buildings around its Redmond campus in Washington, USA.


“Research shows that being in nature improves creativity, focus and happiness,” an introduction to the one-minute promotional clip read.

Screen grab from YouTube/Working at Microsoft

The company’s modernized take on the classic structure features weather-proof benches, hatches that hide electricity sockets, rustproof rocking chairs, a fireplace, indoor, cafeteria, wood canopies and an outdoor Wi-Fi network, The Verge reports.

Screen grab from YouTube/Working at Microsoft

Screen grab from YouTube/Working at Microsoft

With the tree houses built high above the ground, each work space remains disabled-friendly, as ramps are also installed throughout the facility.

The three tree houses were designed by Pete Nelson, best known for his work on the TV show “Treehouse Masters.”

The structures are expected last for at least 20 years and will be expanded accordingly as the trees grow.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra


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