American Society of Interior Designers' (ASID) Washington DC headquarters is the first in the world to receive both LEED and WELL Platinum Certification under WELL Building Standard v1, making it the greenest and the healthiest office on the planet.
"At ASID, we take tremendous pride in being a champion for good design and demonstrating that design impacts lives - to be the first space awarded WELL Certified Platinum under WELL v1 and LEED Certified Platinum is an incredible honor," said ASID CEO Randy W. Fiser. "We began this project with a clear goal of showcasing the many ways design can positively affect the health and well-being of employees while boosting resource efficiency. At ASID, we believe in research-based results in design and placed an emphasis on third-party validation of the space. Becoming WELL Certified Platinum and LEED Certified Platinum is the product of revolutionary visioning from the project designer Perkins+Will, commitment from our construction partners and consultants, and complete buy-in from ASID staff."
The 8,500 sq ft office space, designed by Perkins+Will, incorporates the most innovative health, wellness, and well-being design features and has sustainability as a central philosophy. The ASID office features human-centric design elements including: biophilic design strategies, which introduces natural elements into a space to reduce stress and increase air quality; sound masking systems; rigorous water and quality standards; and a circadian lighting system developed to expand efficiency by helping to regulate the body's physiological processes. These design foundations are coupled with policies and procedures that emphasize employee health and productivity. Fresh fruit and vegetables are provided each day, sit/stand desks are present at workstations, a wellness room to provide mental breaks, among countless other features.
Photography: Eric Laignel