For the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, JGMA has designed a new mixed-use complex that will become a focal point for international culture and tourism in Chicago. Unveiled at the 31st annual Chicago Latino Film Festival, the new Ibero-American Tower invites the world to experience Latino cultures from across the globe through film, music, visual and performing arts, culinary arts, history, poetry, comedy and language. The building itself reflects the vibrant spirit of Latino culture, with brightly colored glass and contemporary dynamic forms.
Truly mixed in its function, the Ibero-American Tower is composed of three primary programmatic typologies: PLAY — Hotel tower, theatres, restaurants and shops; WORK — ILCC offices and leasable office tower; LEARN — Museum, Spanish/Portuguese Language Institute, and classrooms. Outdoor theater events will be a Chicago summer attractor in the courtyard of this Barcelona block of sorts, as well as public gatherings on the Museum terrace and ground level public plaza. All of this program is held together by the Bureau of Office and Tourism at the center of the complex as a sort of mixing space for visitors from the world over.