Microsoft AI R&D Center – Taipei

Evidence of Taiwanese culture can be found throughout Microsoft's Asian Artificial Intelligence R&D Center in Taipei, a premier office space that combines nature, values and community in its design concept.

  • Client Microsoft,
  • size 29,000 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Taipei, Taiwan,
  • Industry Technology,
  • Steven Leach Group completed the Microsoft AI R&D Center with thoughtful textures and finishes in Taipei, Taiwan.

    In September 2019, Microsoft founded the first Asian Artificial Intelligence R&D Center located in the Xinyi District of Taipei, Taiwan. Our team was selected to provide design services for this new space and the Steven Leach Group set out to introduce an incredible vision of Taiwan to the world.

    The SL+A Taipei design team meticulously selected prominent Taiwanese features from north to south, including design elements that distinctly embodied the rich authentic culture of individual regions. Upon entering the Reception Area, guests can experience northern Taiwan within this ingenious space that combines nature, values and community in the design concept. The ebbs and flows of the Wulai hot springs are reflected in the ceiling design through custom light fixtures, and the interesting pattern transforms the space with a unique twist.

    The inclusion of red brick throughout the main hallways are an ode to the historic roof tiles used in traditional Taiwanese buildings. Each of these architectural design elements were inspired by traditional Taiwanese materials and textures. Special decorative walls hint at the vast bamboo forests that cover the northern mountain landscape, while the continuation of meandering light tubes illuminate the path down the hall.

    Efforts to recruit outstanding research talent to fill the new two floor, 29,000 square feet facility was met with great enthusiasm. Many employees can gather in Microsoft’s main lounge which boasts another impressive ceiling element – paying tribute to the Pingxi lanterns. These special lanterns are used to celebrate and uplift the people of Taiwan, filling them with hope for a bright future with peace and harmony.

    Design: Steven Leach Group
    Design Team: Mao Wang, Ting Tang, Yvonne Hsieh, Michelle Wang, Huan Tu
    Photography: courtesy of JLL