World Economic Forum unveils new energy-efficient offices

The World Economic Forum, tasked with resolving international conflicts and improving the world, is focusing on sustainable development.

When designing its new New York offices, it worked with CodeGreen Solutions — a sustainable building consultant — to make its location platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified, the highest level awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The office has energy efficient LED lights throughout, uses less water in washrooms than typical offices and about 90 percent of the appliances are Energy Star-certified, meaning they were built specifically to consume less power, reports Commercial Observer. Also, more than 80 percent of the waste from demolition of the space was recycled. 

Interior design firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco designed the 39,000-square-foot office on the entire 10th and 11th floors of the Madison Avenue structure to fit the Swiss organization’s 150 New York-based employees, as well as their guests, for meetings and events. 

Guests to the office are greeted by a 1,300-square-foot reception area on the 11th floor. The welcome space features a residential aesthetic with wood flooring and walls and a custom receptionist’s desk with a glass front. A nearby seating area has high-end European furniture, LED lights and carpeting.

“The overall look and feel for the entire space is light, warm and contemporary, with an understated European aesthetic that is a nod to the visual language of the Geneva headquarters,” said Mariana Panova, a designer at Montroy Andersen DeMarco. “The team wanted to create a high-end, more sophisticated reception area.”


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