Microsoft Cybercrime Center

Location Redmond, Washington
Design Principal Alan Maskin
Principal Stephen Yamada-Heidner

The Cybercrime Center, combining the company’s legal and technical expertise as well as cutting-edge tools and technology, was designed to be a functional showcase for the innovative work and a collaborative meeting space. The project scope included interior architecture, environmental brand and interior furnishings.

The Cybercrime Center design challenge was to transform an existing office space into an inspiring and enjoyable work environment where Cybercrime staff can meet with global partners to collectively fight cybercrime, while simultaneously building an environmental brand that interprets the work for visitors who come to learn more about the Cybercrime Center.

Located on the ground floor, the existing office was limited in its connection to outside space and natural light. To improve space the dropped ceilings along the exterior window wall were raised to allow maximum natural daylight to enter into the space and blur the line between the exterior and interior.

Alan Maskin Design Principal

The Center is organized around a central space, or great room, with views to large landscaped gardens. The great room is surrounded by a set of work rooms and conferences spaces—boxes within boxes—all designed with changing abilities for transparency. Visitors can view the digital forensics, digital crime fighting tools, and ongoing cases without disturbing the work in progress.

Graphic interpretations explain the scale and impact of malware, piracy and child exploitation along a corridor called The Canal.

The goal of the project was to create a center of excellence for the company’s team of legal and technical experts, as well as for customers, academics, law enforcement and industry partners. As such, a new entry off the main building lobby was created, replacing a circuitous route that did not sufficiently convey the important nature of the Cybercrime Center.



Design Principal

Alan Maskin

Project Manager

Marlene Chen

Project Architect

Michael Picard

Interior Designers

Charlie Hellstern Naomi Mason



Annual North West Design Awards, Best Commercial Design Award

Architect Newspaper’s Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention

Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award

International Interior Design Association Northern Pacific Chapter IIDA Inawards, INmass Micro Award

Northwest Design Awards, First Place Commercial Design

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