The Zurich Development Center is located on the site of the original Bircher-Benner Clinic, founded in 1903.
Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner was a visionary pioneer in holistic, natural healing - the bringing together of body, soul and spirit. He believed that diet, exercise, work and spiritual peace were all key to a healthy life and mind. He opened his clinic to help patients rethink their diets and lifestyles and to bring them in harmony with the "forces of nature" - air, water, sun and the earth. The world-renowned Swiss health food, "Birchermuesli", was created by Dr. Bircher-Benner, very probably on our campus.
The campus of the Zurich Development Center is made up of the original Bircher-Benner clinic, its three chalets, and Dr. Bircher-Benner's private residence. Called "hotel architecture in the mountains", it was designed to bring to life the idea of a natural environment. The renovation of the site has left these historically protected buildings intact, while adding a modern, flexible, new space. The original chalets and structures have been carefully preserved, updated, and complemented with new structures conceived to facilitate the expansion of what's possible. It's a wonderful combination, built on the simple innovation of the past and the complexity of tomorrow.
In 2020 we celebrated our 20th anniversary.