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Mercedes-Benz Unveils Slick HQ Design

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The minimalist building will fill the site formerly occupied by historic Glenridge Hall

Mercedes-Benz has premiered its latest model: a glassy, boxy design with black and silver trim. But this Mercedes won't go from 0 to 60 in any seconds; rather it will house the German automaker's American operations. Bisnow reports the 225,000-square-foot facility will be just four stories — a far cry from the towering offices proposed just down the street in Perimeter Center. The renderings show a sleek minimalist scheme channeling a bit of I.M. Pei's Gulf Oil Building. Except a massive parking deck will be attached to the back of the facility.

Located at the intersection of Abernathy and Barfield roads — though if Mercedes gets their way, the latter will be rechristened Mercedes-Benz Drive — the headquarters will rise on the gravesite of Glenridge Hall. The early 20th century Tudor mansion and familial home of the Glenns met the wrecking ball almost a year ago despite lots of preservationist anger (and six haikus).

Ironically, across the street from the new headquarters — on land that was originally part of the Glen estate — home-builder Ashton Woods will develop an "English Village" styled subdivision. Completion of the Mercedes-Benz facility is expected in 2018.