Inside Microsoft’s new Dublin home: an LED waterfall, a digital lake and a DreamSpace

NC1_2123An LED waterfall and digital lake, an indoor “mountain” and a “DreamSpace” for teaching the next generation about technology: One Microsoft Place has officially opened in Dublin.

The 34,000 square metre campus has cost the company €134 million, and will house close to 2,000 staff in Leopardstown, Co Dublin.

It was officially opened by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, along with Microsoft executive vice president Peggy Johnson, managing director of Microsoft Ireland Cathriona Hallahan and IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan.

The building marks another step in Microsoft’s cultural shift towards “one Microsoft”, with data scientists, AI bot builders and mixed reality game developers sitting alongside sales and marketing staff.

“The building is the physical manifestation of the cultural transformation we’ve been going through,” said Ms Hallahan. “It’s about pulling together the skills and talent and passion of staff to enable the mission of Microsoft.”

The building itself has 3,000 seats spread across open-plan floors and smaller private areas where meetings or phone calls can be conducted. Designed by RKD Architects and Gensler, with BAM as the lead contractor working with Jones Engineering, the building bears a lot of Dublin’s influence, such as through the digital lake and “mountain” representing the bay and hills that border the building. But each area is decorated differently, intended to reflect the 71 nationalities that are working in the Dublin office.

From: The Irish Times (

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