The unconventional workspaces are meant to improve creativity, focus and happiness

Microsoft has built some unusual outdoor meeting spaces, including two enclosed treehouses and an elevated roost called the Crow’s Nest. The company says these new workspaces will benefit employees, citing research showing that being in nature improves creativity, focus and happiness.

Bret Boulter, who works in facilities on Microsoft's Redmond campus and led the project, said in a company blog post, “The first thing when you walk into the space is that everyone is really quiet. You stop talking and are just present. It’s fascinating. People absorb the environment, and it changes the perception of their work and how they can do it.”

Twelve feet off the ground, the treehouses feature charred-wood walls and a soaring ceiling with a round skylight. There is also a hand-carved arched double door that glides open when you swipe a badge. The buildings are made to flex and expand as the trees grow, and will last for at least 20 years. You can get a closer look at the treehouse meeting space in the video below.

Microsoft Treehouse

Microsoft has built some unusual outdoor meeting spaces, including two enclosed treehouses and an elevated roost called the Crow’s Nest. The company says these new workspaces will benefit employees, citing research showing that being in nature improves creativity, focus and happiness.

Bret Boulter, who works in facilities on Microsoft's Redmond campus and led the project, said in a company blog post, “The first thing when you walk into the space is that everyone is really quiet. You stop talking and are just present. It’s fascinating. People absorb the environment, and it changes the perception of their work and how they can do it.”