Microsoft employees began moving to the new campus in Herzliya, which was established with an investment of about NIS 350 million

The complex, which occupies an area of 46,000 square meters, contains a centre for creativity, gyms and music, a cloud-linked community garden and a dog garden.

Sunday, November 22, 2020, 12:00 GMT

Over the past few days, hundreds of Microsoft workers, who employ about 2,000 people in Israel, have begun working on a new campus set up by the organization in Herzliya, in an area of around 46,000 square meters. The social gap would encourage more staff to participate.

Industry sources report that about NIS 350 million was spent in the construction of the new campus, which took about a year and a half to complete.

Microsoft works in Israel by two entities: Microsoft Israel, operated by Ronit Eted, and Michal Braverman-Blumenstick, managed by Microsoft Israel Research and Development. Since 1991, Microsoft Israel Research and Development has worked in Israel and is one of the company’s first centres of development outside the United States.

The center has focused on the areas of information security and artificial intelligence in recent years. Currently half of the staff are interested with cyber technologies. In Israel, a vast number of the company’s workforce are production personnel.

According to the company’s announcement, the new campus features an engineering hub to showcase the company’s technologies to clients and partners, a center for client meetings and advanced development labs, and an innovation centre.

An on-campus engineering facility named the ‘garage’ by Microsoft is planned to promote ingenuity in the fields of information security, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. The facility contains a complex opening of facilities for all company employees that will allow workers to produce prototypes for new projects and technical development.

The complex will contain, in addition to the engineering laboratory, a technology demonstration center for collaborators and clients of the organization, and Microsoft’s foreign investment fund, M12.

The Israel Ecological Technologies Complex.

There are playrooms, nursing rooms, balconies that can be played on a basketball and tennis court, a yoga room, a thousand-square-meter gym, music rooms and a dog park in the house, the organization said in a statement. Workers have access to mail facilities, laundry, convenience stores and more.

“the complex incorporates Israeli ecological technologies such as WaterGen to produce water from the moisture in the air, Wint with 32 test and control points for detecting water leaks, Green-Wall which is a vegetation growing platform and enVerid patent for energy-saving building air. About 800 square meters of photovoltaic cells will be installed that will provide electricity to the building. “the complex incorporates Israeli ecological technologies such as WaterGen to produce water from the moisture in the air, Wint with 32 test and control points to detect water leaks, Green-Wall, a platform for growing vegetation, and enVerid patent for energy-saving building air. Approximately 800 square meters of photovoltaic cells.

The corporation also noted the combination of elements intended to increase connectivity to the campus: “Accessibility and inclusion are reflected in all dimensions on campus: accessible parking, automatic doors in the main lobby, accessible reception “sit-stand” suitable for populations of different heights and wheelchairs, combination of Vision marking bars and service station audio amplifiers.”

The campus was planned by Yashar Architects and constructed by Tidhar. Vered Gindi Architects and Ami Schmelzman designed the interior of the structure. The artwork in the complex was bought by the Gordon Gallery by Israeli artists, who managed the treasures, and a special exhibition was put on the site by designer Ron Arad.