Mi­crosoft, LinkedIn build­ings win Euro­pean prop­erty awards

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - CIARA O’BRIEN

The Ire­land-based head­quar­ters of Mi­crosoft and LinkedIn have both scooped prizes in the Euro­pean edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Prop­erty Awards. Both build­ings were de­signed by Ir­ish ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice RKD. One Mi­crosoft Place, won the Best Of­fice Ar­chi­tec­ture Ire­land cat­e­gory, with LinkedIn’s Euro­pean head­quar­ters awarded Best Of­fice In­te­rior Ire­land.

The In­ter­na­tional Prop­erty Awards are granted to lead­ing ar­chi­tec­tural in­no­va­tion, with the win­ners an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in Lon­don.

Mi­crosoft’s new 34,000 square me­tre cam­pus-style head­quar­ters in Leop­ard­stown, Co Dublin, cost the com­pany €134 mil­lion, and houses close to 2,000 staff. The build­ing has an LED wa­ter­fall, an in­door moun­tain and a “dream space” for ed­u­ca­tion.

LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ is cen­tred around global com­mu­ni­ties and the “vil­lage cen­tre”. The six-storey build­ing is the so­cial me­dia gi­ant’s first new build out­side of the US.

Both projects will now progress to the fi­nal of the In­ter­na­tional Prop­erty Awards, which takes place in the Savoy Ho­tel in Lon­don on De­cem­ber 3rd.

Ac­cept­ing the awards at the Euro­pean edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Prop­erty Awards,

RKD direc­tor David Pether­bridge said the wins showed the com­pany’s clients are be­ing recog­nised for in­vest­ing in the best of in­no­va­tion.

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