Microsoft opens up new €134 million campus in Dublin
The new campus will house 2,000 employees and marks the completion of just under three years of construction.
Microsoft today opened its new campus in Dublin, Ireland, bringing to completion a project that took more than two years to construct. Called One Microsoft Place, the €134 million campus in Leopardstown is now home to 2,000 employees from 71 nationalities across Microsoft's sales, engineering and operation teams.
The building covers a total of 34,000 square meters and, curiously, doesn't contain any offices. According to an overview of the new space from Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE), Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster, the space was built in such a way to encourage teams to sit together in "neighborhoods." Those are backed up by more than 80 meeting rooms, "focus group" room, and a theater-like Technology Center that can seat 3,000 people.
Our new campus is home to 2,000 employees consisting of 71 nationalities across Sales, Engineering and Operations, all of whom are pushing the boundaries of what can de done, both today & tomorrow. #MicrosoftLifeIreland pic.twitter.com/Fhlh4HwJDCOur new campus is home to 2,000 employees consisting of 71 nationalities across Sales, Engineering and Operations, all of whom are pushing the boundaries of what can de done, both today & tomorrow. #MicrosoftLifeIreland pic.twitter.com/Fhlh4HwJDC— Microsoft Ireland (@Microsoftirl) February 22, 2018February 22, 2018
Speaking to RTE, Microsoft's Managing Director for Ireland Cathriona Hallahan represented the cultural shift Microsoft has gone through since Satya Nadella took over as CEO.
Besides its neighborhoods and meeting spaces, One Microsoft Place also includes a "Dreamspace" intended to be used to kids about science, engineering, and math. Perks for employees include a gym, yoga studio, nail bar, massage room, and "fully equipped music room," according to RTE. Microsoft Ireland also boasts that the campus' "numerous restaurants serve food from all over the world."
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