Crate & Barrel

Corporate Headquarters

Northbrook, Illinois

Project Info
Crate & Barrel
Northbrook, Illinois
Completion date: 2001
Square footage: 170,000
Honor Award, 2003
American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter

Crate & Barrel wanted a clean, modern design in keeping with its simple, yet savvy houseware and furniture products. We transplanted the company's signature international image to Crate & Barrel's new 24-acre wooded location.

Extensive use of glass and courtyards open the interior to the outdoor landscape. A sweeping curved roof "floats" above the office areas, celebrating the second floor merchandising hall, the symbolic center of the company. A glass bay projecting into the landscape from the end of each wing houses conference and gathering rooms. Supreme design integrity, clean lines and a classic modernist twist of blazing white walls and ribbon windows create a testament to Crate & Barrel's uncomplicated brand and global image.

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