1K Fulton

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The former Fulton Cold Storage Market has been adaptively reused into 1K Fulton, a Class A mixed-use office and retail building that serves as the Chicago headquarters of Google Chicago and international headquarters of bicycle-component manufacturer SRAM International Corp. Inspired by the neighborhood’s meatpacking legacy, the design intent was to respect the neighborhood context and to preserve original building details.

The 1920’s industrial building was de-iced of ice formations developed over decades, and the 10-story concrete loft structure was re-clad with a new masonry façade accented by terra cotta belt courses and banding. A full curtain wall along the west elevation lends interior views of the original columns.

A new 155,000 SF contemporary annex features a sleek, contemporary aesthetic, while the six-story profile responds to the contextual scale. Ground-level retail storefronts, an open-air plaza, and new floor-to-ceiling windows promote an active dialogue with the streetscape. Original artifacts -- including face brick, wood from the rooftop water tower, metal flywheels, and terra cotta elements -- were salvaged and incorporated throughout the project.

Targeting LEED Gold certification, the building features a large outdoor courtyard, a fitness center and lounge area, and an urban rooftop terrace.

Architect of Record

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture


Sterling Bay Companies

General Contractor



  • Forefront Structural Engineers
  • WMA Consulting Engineers
  • Spaceco