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Fulton West

Chicago, Illinois

To attract emerging tech companies to this designated “Innovation District,” developer Sterling Bay engaged Gensler in reviving work on a previously abandoned development to create a unique and desirable workplace for tech tenants. The building comprises two visually distinct parts: its dark brick, five-story base uses a vernacular authentic to the district, reflecting and reinterpreting forms and materials of the surrounding warehouses; the upper four floors are lighter and more contemporary, with a façade of aluminum and glass. While the floor plates are optimized for office space, new amenities create choice for future workers. A range of outdoor spaces are incorporated, including a grade-level courtyard, communal roof deck and multiple tenant terraces.