Studio Gang designs Carbon-Neutral Tower for Chicago’s Loop

Assemble Chicago

We are thrilled to share our design with The Community Builders for the c40 Cities Chicago Loop Competition. Assemble Chicago is a carbon-neutral, 20-story mixed use building with 207 apartments for our downtown workforce earning as little as minimum wage as well as community-collaborative spaces and a revitalized Pritzker Park. ⁠

⁠Leveraging innovative building technologies and community partnerships, the building design works to reduce our reliance on carbon, promote urban gardening and biodiversity, and minimize waste, providing a new model for resilient and equitable development for post-COVID Downtown Chicago.⁠


⁠The building is grounded by The NeighborHub, a highly public multilevel base that hosts ecological, community development, and cultural programming for Chicago’s residents, neighborhood groups, and local businesses. Weaving seamlessly together with a reinvigorated Pritzker Park, the NeighborHub transforms its site into a vibrant indoor-outdoor civic hub for all Chicagoans.

Rising above this base is a mixed-income residential community that provides efficient and healthy living spaces for the Loop’s moderate- and lower-income workforce. Each apartment features a contemporary version of Chicago’s classic bay window that draws in ample natural daylight and fresh air.

Stacked over the height of the tower, the bays create a rhythmic, vertically articulated façade that resonates with the architectural character of the Loop’s historic buildings while introducing contemporary materials and technologies that dramatically increase the building’s environmental performance. ⁠

Assemble Chicago provides efficient and healthy living spaces for the Loop’s moderate- and lower-income workforce. Each apartment features a contemporary version of Chicago’s classic bay window for ample natural daylight and fresh air. A vibrant, mixed-income community with 207 apartments introduces equity to downtown Chicago. Source and images Courtesy of Studio Gang.

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