Studio Gang Designs Carbon-Neutral, Mixed-Income Tower for Chicago's Loop

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. ⁠

More information on the competition and all the finalist submissions available here.

Team: The Community Builders/Studio Gang with DesignBridge, JAQ, dbHMS, Thornton Tomasetti, Engage Civil, Site Design Group, Applied Ecological Services and Center for Neighborhood Technology, Rush University College of Nursing, and Calibrate Coaching.