Studios Architecture, Coca Cola Offices

NODA, the 23,600m² new French corporate headquarters of The Coca Cola Company in the Parisian suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux has achieved a 90.2% BREEAM Outstanding rating and HQE Exceptionnel certifications. The Coca Cola Services France interior-fit out also took the top prize in best Office Refurbishment and Fit-Out category at BREEAM Awards 2016.

Designed by the French architect Jean-Paul Viguier and constructed in 2014, the building includes eight floors and three basement levels and was designed with BREEAM Fit-Out certification approach. An eye on sustainability was ensured from the outset, through the commissioning process in the construction phase to the final fit-out and build, thanks to the cooperation between stakeholders Coca-Cola, STUDIOS Architecture, ARP-Astrance, CBRE WorkSpace and its Sustainability team.

The sustainable features of the building particularly align with Coca-Cola France’s CSR policy: geothermal energy, wind turbines, solar lighting, water recycling, cool beams, solar thermal hot water and digital building management equipment. The location was also a major asset, as the site is accessible via public transportation.The BMS monitors energy and water consumption, leakages and comfort parameters.

An overview of the fit-out materials explains why the project won the BREEAM award. The main entrance ceiling features 13,000 recycled Coca-Cola glass bottles enclosing LED light fixtures; all wood flooring and furniture are FSC certified; finishes have been chosen in order to limit the VOC emissions; carpets are GuT certified and paints are A+ labelled; even the kitchen chairs are made from recycled coke cans.

Indoor lighting is provided by LED fixtures associated with movement and daylight sensors and CO2 sensors are installed in every meeting room to ensure high levels of indoor air quality – plants are installed above the cupboards to improve indoor air quality and help employees connect with nature.

NODA also benefits from the geothermal water source that is used at the building level, resulting in a 53% reduction of the building’s CO2 emissions. Radiant ceilings that use geothermal system are installed throughout office areas. Externally there is a roof deck with a vegetable garden accessible to occupants, beehive boxes are installed on the roof and hens located in the garden at the ground floor, which feed into the supply and return ecosystem of the building’s restaurant.

Rainwater is collected at the building level and grey water is reused to fill the cisterns. Even the bike racks created from recycled cans have won a Sustainable Design Award.

Coca-Cola France was a major stakeholder during the COP21 in Paris in December 2015 showcasing the climate and environment protection the company has in place. At a global level, Coca-Cola is aiming to work with partners to recover and recycle the equivalent of 75% of the bottles and cans they introduce into developed markets by 2020 and 50% of the equivalent bottles and cans they introduce globally each year by 2015.

Speaking of the fit-out Sophie Digard, HR manager Coca-Cola said: “The BREEAM Outstanding certification shows our level of dedication regarding environmental issues. We wanted these spaces to promote health and wellbeing for our employees and the environment.

“The design has been carefully thought out to inspire serendipity and cooperation and is the result of a multidisciplinary team working together to design spaces that perfectly reflect Coca-Cola DNA at first sight: creativity, vitality and innovation.”