On March 14th of this year, the plans for the new headquarters for the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom were unveiled – a building that aims to be one of the healthiest office buildings in the world. The 160,000 square foot building, which was designed by AHR Architects and will be officially known as The Spine, will be BREEAM Excellent rated and one of the first in the world to achieve the international WELL Building Standard of modern building design.
Wellness is a Focus-Feature of The Spine
The Spine, which takes its name from the striking staircase on its northern elevation that takes design inspiration from human vertebrae, will have some impressive features setting it apart from other workplaces. Wellness has become a focus for many big businesses and, according to Professor Jane Dacre, President of the RCP, the building will embody the RCPs commitment to wellbeing by meeting WELL targets.
Some interesting features of the building include the timber curtain wall and ceramic façade that features 23 million voronoi polygons that mimic human skin, reacting to the local environment and atmosphere to minimize noise, glare and other mechanisms. It will also feature a sky garden, plenty of natural light, restaurants and shower facilities.
What is The International WELL Standard of Modern Building Design?
These days, employees spend a huge portion of their day in the office and the reality is that these environments have a profound effect on our health and wellbeing. For companies, this translates directly to an impact on organizational effectiveness, competitiveness and productivity. Wellness has become a focus for improvement in many companies who have realized how this can help reduce absenteeism, improve engagement, attract and keep talent, and boost productivity.
The WELL Building Standard was developed over 7 years to develop a guideline for a healthy workplace. This guideline includes promoting mental and physical health and happiness in the building, with focus areas including air, water, comfort, mind, light, nourishment and fitness for all staff members.
Use Glass Partition Walls to Promote Wellness in Your Building
Natural light is a focus of the WELL Building Standard, and glass partition wall systems can help you create a healthier, happier and more productive workplace for your team.
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