SAY Studio, the design and architectural consultancy, has announced the completion of an AED100m+ WELL project in Emaar Square for an undisclosed client. The Dubai-based company, offering services across multiple sectors, including workplace, hospitality, F&B and residential, handed over the commercial space at the end of last year. The project is the only commercial space across the Middle East and Europe to receive the WELL health and safety seal from the international WELL-building institute, the global authority on healthy buildings. The space is also awaiting confirmation of a Gold grade WELL certification.
With designers at the firm having worked with clients such as DEWA on its net-zero footprint office space, Adidas’s award-winning, wellness HQ and big names in the technology space such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, designers at SAY Studio were tasked with undertaking the design of a brand-new16,000m2 HQ under the theme ‘office of the future’, the first health and wellbeing focussed project of its kind for this client.
Laila Al-Yousuf, Design Director at SAY Studio, said: “WELL Projects are required to meet certain, high-level criteria across a broad spectrum of categories, and this project required an in-depth understanding of both the built environment and the operational requirements to accomplish this. It’s been a privilege to work on the first health and safety rated commercial space, and we are really looking forward to applying our now extensive knowledge on the subject to more of our clients in the near future.”
The WELL Health and Safety seal can be seen on buildings that have set out to prioritise end user’s health and safety. This includes measures such as cleaning and sanitising procedures, air and water quality control, emergency preparedness programmes and health services.
The client has offices in 157 countries around the world, and the overall design concept for the project was to represent the client’s global presence. We achieved this by designing each of the floors with subtle references back to different pivotal locations. The objectives were two-fold, to maximise productivity and staff wellness, and more specifically, staff health and safety, which has globally come under scrutiny since Covid-19 hit and is now an element of WELL accreditation, which is being heavily promoted.
The project began in March 2019 and took 19 months to complete. It consists of floors G to five, plus the roof terrace. It is the largest and most adventurous of its kind across the region and for the brand globally. SAY Studio continues to focus on groundbreaking commercial projects with blue-chip clients, while gathering momentum in sectors such as hospitality, mixed-use developments and biochemical.