The Norwegian Vestre has impressive credentials when it comes to sustainability. In the first half of the 2010s, it became the world’s leading manufacturer of climate-neutral outdoor furniture and reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by around two-fifths between 2014 and 2016 alone. The company offsets its remaining greenhouse gas emissions by supporting the forests of Papua New Guinea, and it even plants a tree for every person who subscribes to its newsletter. Vestre further reduced its carbon footprint last Friday with the official opening of the new factory in The Plus—Vestre. Le Plus is set to become the first industrial building to obtain BREEAM Outstanding certification.
Located in Magnor, Norway, The Plus combines manufacturing and a visitor center in a 75,000 square foot building whose floor plan resembles a plus sign. The Bjarke Ingels Group design team has distinguished each branch of the cruciform by program, and the warehouse, lacquer application, wood treatment and assembly areas are all color coded to make them easier to spot. The four wings converge on a logistics office, which can keep an eye on production, as well as the Vestre Energy and Clean Water Center, where visitors learn about resource conservation and circularity in design. This area is centered on a circular public courtyard, where Vestre employees will rotate the company’s furniture offerings depending on the season.