Health-Centric Homes, for a Price
Robin Finn | New York Times | June 28, 2013 | link
HOME AND TONIC This loft belonging to Paul D. Scialla, a developer of a condo he describes as designed to foster a sound body, has been used as a residential guinea pig. Its kitchen has a juicing station and a herbarium. Delos is betting that its patented WELL certification becomes as commonplace as the one accorded by LEED.
Coming soon to a neighborhood near you: an empathic multimillion-dollar home that passively treats the occupant’s body like a temple. The second coming of sustainable real estate, it will fuse green technology with nourishing all-about-me amenities and direct them indoors. Homebodies, take note: the residence is designed to make the people it shelters healthier.
Katherine Marks for The New York Times
JUICED Paul D. Scialla is framed by Delos’s health-centric condo at 66 East 11th Street, where prices start at $15.5 million for apartments with everything from circadian lighting systems to posture-supportive flooring.
“The simplest way to understand what this home is capable of doing is to think of it like a 24-hour carwash that works on the human body,” said Paul D. Scialla, a co-founder and the managing partner of Delos, the Manhattan real estate firm. After conducting years’ worth of medical studies on the soundness of the science behind its product, Delos is about to make its debut in the city’s luxury marketplace with a WELL-certified condominium (the Delos name and the concept are trademarked).
The five health-centric residences are at 66 East 11th Street, an address where living well is, to recycle a throwaway line attributed to the 17th-century poet George Herbert, about to become the best revenge. Construction is under way; the first loft is scheduled to be habitable in September.
The purest air and water and the most intense soundproofing are promised: there is a buildingwide water purification system; filters will screen out air pollutants, allergens and toxins; and a circadian lighting system will stream energizing light in the morning and melatonin-enhancing light in the evening. Then there’s the posture-supportive flooring system and the WELL Shield coating, which destroys bacteria in the kitchen and bathrooms. Read more…