Best Projects Office Award of Merit: Astellas Headquarters for the Americas.
Asymmetrical polygons form the signature shapes of these two buildings, whose angled exterior walls appear to be leaning toward each other.
The forms reflect the forward-thinking philosophy of the owner, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, while creating arresting imagery for residents of Glenview, Ill. They also reflect function, with trapezoidal projections expressing perimeter conference rooms on each floor.
Sustainability was integral to the project, which incorporates a high-performance curtain wall, geothermal field, green landscaping and water retention for site irrigation.
High-efficiency air filters, abundant daylighting and landscaped views were designed to enhance the comfort level of employees.
Astellas Headquarters for the Americas, Glenview, Ill. Key Players
Owner: Astellas Pharma U.S. Inc., Deerfield, Ill.
General Contractor: Power Construction Co., Schaumburg, Ill.
Architect: Goettsch Partners, Chicago
Structural Engineer: Klein and Hoffman Inc., Chicago
MEP Engineer: WMA Consulting Engineers, Chicago