Neighbours left in awe
Planned in 2003, built between June 2004 and late April 2006, operational since May 2006 and now officially opened the Home of FIFA was built in record-breaking time. It all started with FIFA’s vision and desire not only to see all 285 of its employees united under one roof, but also to lead the way in promoting and implementing sustainability, flexibility and energy efficiency. The Home of FIFA stands out on account of its sheer size, its transparency and its graceful elegance. The outward-sloping walls, together with the slanting aluminum netting similar to that used in football itself which covers the entire building, bring life and movement into the Home of FIFA, while at the same time also providing state-of-the-art protection from the sun.
On 1 June, the day after the 57th FIFA Congress in Zurich’s ?Hallenstadion’, another 6,000 people were left in awe of the Home of FIFA after visiting the building that is located near Zurich’s zoo. The so-called “Neighbours Day” was a chance for those who live in the immediate vicinity to visit FIFA’s imposing new headquarters and be led around the building and grounds and given a wealth of information by FIFA employees. The guests were given a complete tour, which took in offices, meeting rooms, interpreters’ cabins, the foyer, cafeterias and of course replicas of FIFA’s trophies, with the World Cup Trophy gaining the most admiring glances.
A huge marquee provided FIFA’s guests with refreshments and shelter from the pouring rain before they made their way home with a special souvenir. Entertainment came in the shape of groups of musicians, representing various parts of the world, and football games on FIFA’s artificial pitch.