LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors v2.0
Arc8X Design, Shanghai Office
LEED Platinum 2010
From the beginning, the project team felt it was important that the office be able to tell its own story. Arc8X Design focused on achieving this by highlighting texture, color and pattern in different sustainable materials in three key elements of the Lobby.
Arc8X Design’s big picture goal was to dramatically raise the bar for what was being done with sustainable commercial interiors in Asia. At that point, there had yet to be any LEED certified platinum projects in China and the design of Arc8X’s new Shanghai office aimed to be the first if not the highest. The project team committed early to establish a healthy, creative, environmentally and fiscally responsible project. Through a collaborative process, Arc8X challenged its designers and suppliers to set a precedent for the local design, construction and client communities, that it is possible to achieve the highest standards of design and operational performance while maintaining clear financial and environmental accountability.
From the beginning, the project team felt it was important that the office be able to tell its own story. Arc8X Design focused on achieving this by highlighting texture, color and pattern in different sustainable materials in three key elements of the Lobby. Layered in gradients, the main logo wall was built from rammed pigmented earth using ancient Chinese construction techniques. Timber salvaged from 100 year old Shanghai housing was cut, milled down, and re-assembled into a wood-paneled feature wall in the atrium and the reception desk was made from rapidly renewable, regionally manufactured and extracted, NAF-certified bamboo neopolitan strand board. All three features highlight a different material as well a story and strategy towards sustainability.
One of the biggest challenges in the Chinese market was finding manufacturers and suppliers that had truly sustainable products and were willing to work outside of the box to reach higher design and environmental standards. Arc8X was fortunate to partner with several key suppliers with sustainable stewardship programs, such as Smith&Fong Plyboo, Haworth, InterfaceFlor, Kohler, Etrilum and Clestra. Each helped raised the bar to achieve and surpass project goals.
Equally important in the project was the measurable conservation of water and energy. The project team achieved substantial water savings beyond initial use by replacing the urinals and faucets with water saving fixtures on two floors of their multi-tenant building. Arc8X staff alone reduced potable water usage by 16,000 gallons a year and building-wide savings are projected to be 450,000 gallons a year. LED bulbs and control strategies significantly reduced power use. Additionally, Arc8X Design measures the projects energy use monthly, calibrates their CO2 footprint and offsets the impact through tree planting in inner Mongolia via Jane Goodall’s Shanghai Roots and Shoots’ Million Tree Project.
By creating a space that was healthy and creative with measurable performance goals, Arc8X Design has raised the bar for building standards in Asia. Their success is demonstrated through the impact that one project can make and how in turn lessons learned spread to other projects. By getting individuals and companies to become catalysts for making accountable decisions, Arc8X hopes to contribute to making that difference in China, one project at a time.