When it came to designing their own company headquarters in Manhattan, the wellness experts were certain that they wanted to set a good example: Not only the "WELL Building Standard " criteria developed by Delos itself had to be met, but also further certifications for sustainable buildings such as "LEED" and the "Living Building Challenge".
The American company Delos specializes in innovative solutions and concepts for health and wellbeing in the spaces in which we live and work. When it came to designing their own company headquarters in Manhattan, the wellness experts were certain that they wanted to set a good example: Not only the "WELL Building Standard " criteria developed by Delos itself had to be met, but also further certifications for sustainable buildings such as "LEED" and the "Living Building Challenge". The project was commissioned by the renowned architectural firm Gensler, which has a lot of experience in the field of green office design.
One of the key objectives of the project was to ensure good air quality in the offices. Humans spend 90 percent of their lifetime in buildings, so factors such as air quality can affect health. Room air is decisively influenced by the products used in the interior design. For this reason, the architects paid particular attention to healthy, pollutant-free furniture and materials.
When designing the central staircase that connects the two office floors, the choice was made for a product that combines all the advantages: EICHE Vulcano brushed / oiled natural natural oak wood parquet flooring from the Austrian company mafi is simultaneously environmentally-friendly, house-healthy, durable, long-lasting, maintenance-friendly and extremely aesthetic.
The medium brown natural wood with an elegant grain not only adorns the steps, but also the wall and ceiling of the staircase. Thanks to a special heat treatment developed by mafi, for which no chemical additives are required, lends the oak its warm brown tones. The wood is refined exclusively with natural wood floor oils based on linseed oil. Floors from mafi are formaldehyde-free, have no VOCs and are also ideal for allergy sufferers. The open-pored wood surface can absorb moisture and emit it back into the ambient air - which is why the parquet floors by mafi function like natural air conditioning.
In heavily trafficked areas - such as the staircase of a corporate headquarters - the durability of a floor is another important criterion. The EICHE Vulcano brushed/natural oiled, natural oak wood parquet impresses here thanks to the dimensionally stable 3-layer structure that is so typical of mafi products. The softwood middle layer also insulates footstep noise and thus improves room acoustics. Another feel-good factor that makes working in the Delos wellness office even more pleasant and relaxing.