Architectural Record's Laura Raskin writes a case study on Etsy's Headquarters in New York.

When Etsy outgrew its office, the company wanted the chance to design its own space.

The challenge: Design a workplace whose very DNA reflects the company's commitment to sustainability and craft.

The solution: Utilize local makers, repurpose items found on-site, and aim to meet the stringent Living Building Challenge (LBC) guidelines.

The resulting office epitomizes the company's aesthetic. The challenge of meeting LBC's holistic and stringent requirements called on Etsy and project architect Gensler to scrutinize more than 1,500 products. Everything, from insulation and furniture to paint and lighting, had to be considered or adapted. Using Biobased Xorel was just one of the many steps to achieving LBC certification.

Each floor of the nine-story headquarters a "fully balanced ecosystem," says Gensler principal Amanda Carroll. Spaces exist for nourishment, stress relief, and work. Almost every floor has a kitchen where employees are encouraged to recycle and compost. Quiet, plant-filled nooks are around many corners, and a variety of workspaces encourage people to work where and how they please.

The headquarters is a benchmark project for Gensler, proving that the firm can pursue LBC on a grand scale. It is also a teaching tool, since many of the decisions show people how sustainability functions.

Read the full article (p10, p12) on Architectural Record.

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