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Workplace of the Future

Workplace of the Future

Unilever is a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its products include food and beverages (about 40% of its revenue), cleaning agents and beauty & personal care products that are available in around 190 countries. It is Europe’s seventh most valuable company and is one of the oldest multinational companies.

In its aim to reach its goal to be carbon positive in operations by 2030, Unilever’s U.S. headquarters transformed its old office park into an ultra-sustainable HQ creating a high-tech, millennial friendly space. The New Jersey office park was originally constructed in the 1960s and 1970s.

The changes during renovation was to connect four buildings into one 325,000 square foot space as well as replacing old windows, lights and ultimately installing solar panels on the roof expecting to cut off its carbon footprint in half. This was made possible by a Dutch developer behind the retrofit – OVG,  they called this goal as “green lease” or an eco-agreement. The company collaborated with the architecture firm Perkins and Will and real estate companies Cushman and Wakefield and Normandy on the project.

Since it was an old park, the area is spacious with table and chairs installed all over the space. Leaning towards Industrial interior design, the space showcases neutral tones with wood and metal surfaces incorporated with modern touches of furniture and other elements.  Raised ceiling with minimal lighting is used as much as possible to make sure the natural light gets in more in the space. Booths are also visible on the 2nd and 3rd floors encourages formal/informal , private collaborations or just simply catching up with a co-worker during breaks.

This office incorporates wellness into every aspect of its design which shows through employee shops visible on the ground floor, drinks, free ice cream, comfortable seating, and promotion of collaboration, even wellness activities to avoid employees getting burnt out like yoga and an open gym.

Interior changes made include double-glazed windows that help insulate the office whether environment inside needed to be warm or cold. Hi Tech system includes lights that can be adjusted on the employees’ phones using an app and tweak the lights /room’s settings through 15,000 sensors built in the building that measure temperature, light, carbon dioxide, humidity, and who’s present in a room. Now that is eco-mazing!


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