With the likes of Google, SRAM, and McDonald’s all making big moves, the booming West Loop neighborhood has had no shortage of news regarding the relocation of high-profile commercial tenants to the area in the last couple of years. However, the pot could be sweetened by the relocation of Chicago’s famous JAHN architecture firm to the area. Developer R2 Companies is looking to rezone and redevelop an auto mechanic’s garage into a new office space, and according to DNAinfo, Helmut Jahn could possibly become the office’s first tenant.
Long based at the top of the Jeweler’s Building, Helmut Jahn’s firm, simply named JAHN, has not only had a profound impact on the Chicago cityscape, but also on the skylines of other major cities around the world. In Chicago, Jahn is best known for designing the Thompson Center, the United Airlines terminal at O’Hare, and for being one of the lead designers for the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. Recent work includes a proposed 73-story tower at 1000 S. Michigan which was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission in April.
When asked about a possible deal with Helmut Jahn’s office, representatives of R2 would not provide any additional comments, however we do have a look at a few architectural rendering for the office project.