If you hop in a car and drive South West for about 7 hours, you will have a chance to see it with your very own eyes. Located in Newark, OH this wonderful basket shaped 7-storey building is serving as corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company.
The basket is a replica — 160 times larger — of Longaberger's Medium Market Basket. It's 192 ft. long by 126 ft. wide at the bottom, spreading to 208-ft. long by 142-ft. wide at the roofline. It is a magnificent sight — especially at night.
Building is 180 000 square foot and was designed by The Longaberger Company, and executed by NBBJ and Korda Nemeth Engineering. The structure opened in 1997. The basket handles weigh almost 150 tons and can be heated during cold weather to prevent ice damage.
Originally, Dave Longaberger, the founder of the company, wanted all of the Longaberger buildings to be shaped like baskets, but only the headquarters was completed during his lifetime. Unfortunately after his death, his daughters ordered to stop further building of basket-shaped structures for the company.
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