Goettch’s Amazing Zurich NA HQ Building Opens for Business

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.

Zurich North America Headquarters (© Steinkamp Photography/Courtesy of Goettsch Partners)

Zurich North America Headquarters (© Steinkamp Photography/Courtesy of Goettsch Partners)

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.

 

Location: 1301 East Algonquin Road , Schaumburg

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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