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Built in Manhattan in 1913, the Woolworth Building was once the tallest building in the world and one of the most forward-thinking in terms of its design approach to office wellbeing. In the spirit of extending this wellness legacy, plans are underway for M Moser’s new space there to meet the WELL Building Standard’s Platinum rating.
Promoting health and wellbeing through movement, nutrition, light, air and water, we are excited to be pushing the boundaries of 21st-century sustainable workplace design.
In an interactive and collaborative session that went beyond discussions on the Woolworth project, M Moser Directors shared recent project examples and led interactive discussions, highlighting aspirations and best practice metrics for the future of wellness design. We also invited industry professionals, including leadership from the International WELL Building Institute and Delos, to share the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace.
During the event, Dr. Christine Bruckner, FAIA and Director at M Moser, emphasised the importance of revitalisation and the value of enhancing character and incorporating existing materials. “People recognise that the Woolworth Building is a special space because of its role in history, however many older buildings with unrecognised character, are knocked down. There’s a lot of intangible value and embodied energy in every built element. When recognised and consciously incorporated this value can bring new life to both the space and human experience.”
Transforming the experience of work is one of the major recurring themes of the discussions. “We want to create workplaces where at the end of the day, you are in better shape than when you started the day” shares Russ Drinker, Global Director of Architecture, Sustainability and Environmental Wellness at M Moser.
We extend our special thanks to all the experts for their participation and insights. We look forward to following up with more in-depth discussions and case studies soon.