Friday, August 7, 2015

High Profile Architect Helmut Jahn Reportedly Designing Tower for 1000 S. Michigan

Mansueto Library at University of Chicago
A promising article on a high-profile architect designing a tower for one of the most high-profile vacant pieces of land on South Michigan (via Crain's):
Chicago architect Helmut Jahn, whose local works include the United Airlines terminal at O'Hare and the Ogilvie Metra station downtown, could soon put his stamp on the South Loop.  
Jahn is designing a tower for a site at 1000 S. Michigan Ave., according to people in the architecture community familiar with his plans. It's not clear what the building would be used for, but apartments or condominiums seem most likely given its location in the South Loop, a housing hotbed.  
Jahn, whose design work dots the world landscape from Philadelphia, to Berlin, Munich and Bangkok, is known for sleek contemporary structures, such as the rounded tops of the State Street Village dorms at IIT and a vast umbrella-like canopy over a plaza in Berlin that is part of the Sony Center he designed.
We're a big fan of his work on the new Mansueto Library at University of Chicago (see picture above), but frankly there is a pretty large portfolio of projects that should provide some excitement.

A lot of questions remain, but if this happens it would be another big project that would help evolve what the South Loop's future will look like.

Should be interesting.

(Hat tip:  GM!)

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