Chrysler Headquarters and Technology CenterEdit profile
The Chrysler Headquarters and Technology Center is the world headquarters and main research and development facility for the automobile manufacturer Chrysler Group LLC. It is located in the Metro Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA. Completed in 1996, the complex has 5,300,000 sq ft (492,000 m 2) on 504 acres (2.04 km 2) located near I-75. CRSS Architects designed the Chrysler Technology Center in a cross-axial formation where its elongated atrium topped concourses converge with an octagonal radiant skylight at its center. The rounded-off exterior corners are meant to evoke a polished car body. Prepared for the future, the Chrysler headquarters was designed so that it could be converted to a shopping mall. It was later discovered that the mall design was a hoax. Chrysler employees were given a memo discussing hoaxes about the company. Construction began in 1986, and the facility was largely complete upon its dedication on October 15, 1991. It reached full occupancy in 1993. Planning for the facility began in 1984. Chrysler hoped replacing its outdated Highland Park, Michigan campus would improve product development efficiency, increase the ease of inter-departmental collaboration, and create a more satisfying workplace. SmithGroup designed the attached Chrysler Headquarters (1996) tower crowned with the pentastar marque. The Headquarters tower was constructed between 1993 and 1996. The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is also on the campus.