The Duchossois Group (TDG) was eager to create a new corporate headquarters for its leading brand, the Chamberlain Group Incorporated (CGI). The design of the building grows from CGI's vision to create a strategic, transformational platform that empowers and inspires, becoming a high-performance beacon that springboards the Duchossois family legacy into a dynamic new future state.
The building consolidates over 650-people from four facilities onto one 20-acre suburban campus, bringing CGI’s multi-disciplinary team together for the first time into a dynamic new incubator space. This highly flexible facility is designed around the idea of organizing interdisciplinary project teams into ‘fusion cells’ that come together for intense periodic intervals during product development.
The interchangeable workplace modules provide the agility needed to foster collaboration from concept through prototyping. A mixture of internal amenities such as a full service café and fitness center along with external amenities such as a shaded outdoor seating area and walking path are designed to encourage meaningful collaboration and moments of respite.
The building form creates a striking presence and is a direct response to the environment, angulating to the path of the sun. The self-shading form works with the integral passive solar shading system and high performance glass to optimize thermal performance and balance daylighting within the space. The building embraces the landscaping by preserving a group of mature oak trees and woodlands to the north. A reflecting pond and sweeping berm unifies major outdoor and indoor spaces in the backyard at the heart of the building.