The research is clear. The places where we spend our time have a significant impact on our overall health and well-being.
Water Street Tampa provides wellness-oriented design throughout the neighborhood, including Thousand & One, the first new trophy office tower in Downtown Tampa in decades.
Designed by COOKFOX Architects, Thousand & One offers living workplaces that embrace nature and create a place for personal and professional fulfillment, while connecting the building to the surrounding native environment.
“The Water Street Tampa area has a deep industrial history with its connection to the Ybor Channel. It also has a rooted ecological history. This place, with its proximity to the water, supported a diverse range of flora and fauna. We used both the recent industrial past and the longer-term ecological past as a basis for the design,” described Darin Reynolds, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner at COOKFOX.
Biophilic design details permeate throughout the tower of Thousand & One, which start outside of the building in the public realm.
“People move to Tampa because of its outdoor lifestyle,” continued Reynolds. “Water Street Tampa and Thousand & One, specifically, really try to engage in that outdoor life.”
The entrance is positioned at a wide public sidewalk with a double row of mature trees. People can linger and socialize while being protected in the shade. Just to the east, Raybon Plaza – a heavily shaded pocket park filled with moving water, indigenous plants, public art, and thoughtfully designed seating areas – creates a natural escape with an urban backdrop.
Nature is woven into the building from the ground to the clouds, with landscaped terraces and a common area garden for all tenants on the top floor – a park in the sky.
The top floor of Thousand & One embodies many amenity spaces: a conference room, townhall, and landscaped gardens that flank the north, west, and south sides of the interior spaces.
At Thousand & One, access to ultra-filtered air is provided to all who work in and visit the tower. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide maximum natural light, while the use of MERV 13 filters allows for up to 40 percent more fresh air indoors. This type of environment has been shown to positively impact the health of employees. A 2019 Mind Garden study shows when organizations support the health of their people, turnover rates and burnout are reduced, while productivity and engagement are boosted.
Wellness is fundamental to Thousand & One, which is WELL Core and Shell Precertified™ through the WELL Community Standard™, an evidence-based system used for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features that impact the human experience. These wellness strategies, married with a biophilic design, solidify the building as a model for balance between the well-being of tenants and improving a company’s competitive advantage in attracting and retaining top talent.
“Thousand & One is a game-changer for commercial office space currently offered in Tampa. We created an environment designed for growth and primed for tomorrow that accentuates WELL community standards through a focus on wellness, walkability, connectivity, sustainability and resiliency,” said Dave Bevirt, Executive Vice President of Corporate Leasing and Strategy for Strategic Property Partners. “These offices are central to the healthier and more sustainable lifestyle we are fostering here in Water Street Tampa.”
As more people visit, work, and live in the neighborhood, they will find themselves in a wellness-focused community changing how city living in one interconnected space is experienced.