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chi-ZurichNorthAmericaHeadquarters_CantilevertoCity (2) The top bar of the complex soars 11 stories and makes a striking visual impression on drivers going by on the interstate. Steinkamp Photography.

CHICAGO—Although a host of firms have recently decided to relocate from Chicago’s periphery to the central business district, Zurich North America decided to stay in Schaumburg, its longtime home, and the company’s just-unveiled headquarters shows what possibilities open up when architects have the space and freedom afforded by a suburban campus.

Architecture firm Goettsch Partners and developer Clayco celebrated the opening yesterday of the 783,800-square-foot building, which nearly 3,000 employees and contractors will begin moving into next month as they leave a pair of nearby towers.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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