Amid much anticipation, one of the most visually stunning suburban office projects in years has finally come online. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today for Zurich North America’s new headquarters in northwest suburban Schaumburg.
The 783,000 square foot building, designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners, has been the object of fascination for tens of thousands of people who speed by on I-90 each day.
It’s conceived as two long rectangle boxes, seemingly positioned randomly in the countryside, with a third perched atop, linking the two. That third box, completing the building’s 11-story height, is actually oriented so that it points to downtown Chicago.
The building is in line for LEED certification, and the grounds are also very environmentally and employee-friendly. There are walking paths for outside breaks, and an outdoor pavilion for employee gatherings. Unfortunately, the project does have one wart — a conventional, above-ground parking deck.
Read more about the building and its opening in the press release following the photographs, all taken by Steinkamp Photography and courtesy of Goettsch Partners.
from Chicago Architecture http://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2016/09/28/goettchs-amazing-zurich-na-hq-building-opens-for-business/