CannonDesign is proud to share that both CJ Blossom Park and Zurich North America’s HQ have earned 2017 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards. CannonDesign led the building design for CJ Blossom Park and served as the interior architects for Zurich’s HQ (Goettsch Partners led the building architecture). The projects were two of just six corporate buildings from around the world to receive the prestigious recognition from The Chicago Athenaeum.

The full announcement can be viewed online. Below are brief summaries for each project.

CJ Blossom Park
A new world-class research and development HQ for CJ Corporation, Blossom Park repositions the company’s operations into a breakthrough interdisciplinary format to increase efficiency, create a culture of integrated innovation, and accelerate speed-to-market. Conceived as “The Only One,” this unique 1.2 million sf building consolidates CJ Corporation’s previously disparate pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and food products businesses into a single location, enabling it to create industry-defining product strategies and increase its global competitiveness.

Zurich North America
Zurich North America’s headquarters reflects the dynamic company’s global reach and world-class stature while also raising the bar for employee engagement in the design process. At 783,000 sf and home to nearly 3,000 employees and contractors, the headquarters is the result of a remarkably extensive workplace testing and engagement effort that crowdsourced ideas from Zurich employees years before it opened. Satisfaction with the new HQ is at 83% (an increase of 30%) for all employees. The industry benchmark is 60%.

Zurich North America