Zurich opens sustainable global headquarters

Zurich Insurance has opened a new sustainable global headquarters in Zurich, built to high eco standards and designed to accommodate a new hybrid working model for employees.

The Quai Zurich Campus combines the company’s existing office of 120 years with more modern buildings to create a “symbol of the group’s ambition to be one of the most sustainable and impactful companies in the world”.

The building, which is powered by renewable sources and heated and cooled by lake water, is expected to receive the highest-level environmental and wellbeing certificates. Only electric vehicles will be able to use Zurich’s garage and rainwater will be used in sanitary systems. Plants will create green walls inside the building.

The campus features public courtyards, the Quai Café, a Heritage Centre and a public museum with interactive exhibits of the company’s past. Building work started in 2017, with archaeological digs uncovering artefacts dating back 5,000 years. An auditorium will host events for the public with a capacity of 400 people.

Mario Greco, group CEO, said the redeveloped headquarters is an “inspiring environment”.

“Quai Zurich Campus will make an important contribution to our goals to lower emissions and adapt to new ways of working, through a powerful combination of new technology and new behaviours,” Mr Greco said.

Zurich said less than half the workspaces are in the form of traditional desks, with space prioritised for meeting areas and adapted to combine office and remote working for employees.

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