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1/31/2012--Seattle, WA, USA..Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters just north of downtown Seattle, WASH...The Gates building are the so-called “diving boards” — cantilevered extensions of the upper-floor hallways surrounded with glass on three sides (seen right). Each is provided with a couple of chairs, and employees frequently migrate to them for informal meetings or private work...NBBJ, a Seattle-based architecture firm with global reach, has been creating office environments with concepts such as open, non-hierarchical workspaces, nodes designed for casual, unscheduled meetings, and a variety of environments where employees are free to roam and work from their laptops...©2012 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.