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WELLNESS ARCHITECTURE


BUILDING for HEALTH


US real estate developer Delos has created the first set of building standards based on health and wellbeing and Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly bought one of its new homes. Katie Barnes talks to founder Paul Scialla about pioneering a whole new way of building


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n late November, actor Leonardo DiCaprio invested in Delos, the US real estate company, which has created the first building rating system


focused not just on the environment but also on human health and wellness. He also became an advisor to the board. It’s an obvious fit for the actor who’s a staunch supporter of sustainability. He says: “Delos’ wellness designs will change the way living spaces are built and will have a profound impact on the green building movement. Together, we


Scialla: Wellness standards are ‘evidence-based’


are creating a better, more sustainable future for our planet.” This news follows DiCaprio’s reported


purchase – Delos will neither deny nor confi rm speculations – of one of Delos’ fi rst homes in New York City. The fi ve new 66 East 11th Street residences offer over 50 amenities dedicated to aiding the owner’s wellbeing – from water purifi cation systems and showers infused with vitamin C that neutralises chlorine, to fl oors that promote better posture. The actor’s involvement has brought even more attention to the company


that’s already connected to a string of well-known names from Donna Karan and will.i.am to Bill Clinton. But founder Paul Scialla is adamant that Delos’ developments aren’t only for celebrities and the high-end luxury market. “Everyone cares about their own health,” he says.


“Whether it’s because they’ve been brought up differently or are more exposed to wellness: it’s not just water anymore is it? These days, it has to be vitamin water.” He’s excited about the possibilities


‘wellness building’ presents, saying: “Real estate is the largest asset class in the


Film star Leonardo DiCaprio (left) has invested in Delos 80 Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital March 2014 © Cybertrek 2014


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