Food, culture, and economic activity: all the essential ingredients to a thriving, full cycle marketplace. Located at the edge of Pilsen and Bridgeport along the Chicago River, the International business center connects these three functions in a continuous loop of food centric activity near the site of the former Damen Grain Silos.
The “Loop” responds to the need for a public marketplace, public piazza and riverfront, an extended stay hotel, a business incubator, museum, wholesale distribution of produce, educational facilities, and retail shopping by intertwining their functions to create a new take on the American market. To further expand the concept of a closed cycle market, the entire facility uses the organic waste it produces in the form of methane powered anaerobic digesters, building integrated photovoltaics, and what would be the largest green roof in the city of Chicago. The green roof races in between the Damen Silos, repurposed as a community museum inside and an extended stay hotel above offering unparalleled views of the city through its cylindrical glass forms.
Being at the crossroads of some of the largest Hispanic, Asian, and European communities, the International Business Center loops together people, function, and culture unlike any building in Chicago.