Microsoft’s sales group was searching for a new office environment as it transitioned from private offices to unassigned seating. GGLO’s interiors group was tapped for the redesign of the PacWest space in downtown Bellevue, WA, which was created for this purpose. GGLO/Studio 8 blended Microsoft’s strong appreciation of nature and technology with a modern, hospitality-like aesthetic featuring ambiguous color, unconventional patterns and materials, and acoustically creative solutions to break up the expansive floorplate while also providing sound absorption. Color, large scale graphics and decorative screening elements supplied wayfinding throughout the space and created “neighborhoods” for different groups. Locally sourced Douglas Fir wood slats act as the repeated screening element throughout, displaying quotes that spark conversation among groups.
The team also designed a Seattle-based MTC (Microsoft Technology Center), a high-impact space with an immersive, state-of-the-art Commercial Sales Center, on the floor above. Design focused on “bringing the outside in” with wood and stone finishes playing against an industrial material backdrop of concrete, metal and glass. This refined yet engaging atmosphere encourages interaction within the sales community and serves as a premier technology showcase for customers.