Microsoft’s Herzliya campus in Israel is a place that focuses on curating the perfect employee experience. Now, in wake of the ongoing pandemic and the company’s commitment to a hybrid workforce, the need for a healthy workplace has never been more essential.
One of the three key design principles that have shaped the building include a ‘flexible grid’ allowing for a greater variety of workspace options for employees.
“Over your 100 square metres, you can have flexibility to organize and personalize your space,” said Oren Yerushalmi Rosenbaum, senior portfolio manager for Microsoft Real Estate & Facilities in Israel & Serbia. “Put your desks face-to-face or back-to-back, far apart or whatever is right for you. This makes social distancing easier.”
Additionally, one of the biggest priorities for Microsoft’s new campus was making it as sustainable as possible. The building will feature air filtration systems and reuse water collected to cool off the building, which could save over three million liters of water annually.
Lastly, Microsoft said it wanted to build a space that offers creative environments and repurpose the use of the office.
“A city is a place of intersection,” said Vered Gindi, Lead Architect of the new campus. “You are surrounded by people, activities and culture. You are part of something bigger than yourself. You are not just going to work; you are experiencing a lifestyle.”