You can think of it as a nod to the place where everything started. Although it is now headquartered in southwestern Germany, the Zeiss Group can trace its roots to Jena, Thuringia, where in 1846 the optician Carl Zeiss founded a company that would grow to become a global leader in the fields of optics and optoelectronics.
The group is now investing some EUR 300 million to build a high-tech new home in Jena for the roughly 2,100 employees of its Jena-based subsidiaries. The building’s 130,000 sqm in floor space will offer enough room for 2,500 workstations as well as an events forum that can hold up to 750 participants at congresses, symposia or public events. The design of the seven-story, energy-efficient complex is meant to reflect Zeiss’s history and brand values: precision, innovation, transparency and modernity. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2020, and the site to open in 2023.