Chicago architect Helmut Jahn to design a tower at 1000 S. Michigan Ave.

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Chicago architect Helmut Jahn, who in the past has designed the United Airlines terminal at O’Hare and the Ogilvie Metra station downtown, could soon contract a new South Loop tower.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Jahn has been chosen to design a new building for at 1000 S. Michigan Ave. At the moment the plans for the project are unclear as to whether they will feature condos or rentals.

Jahn, whose 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.

Tom Kerwin, an architect and principal at Chicago firm bKL Architecture told the business publication: “A new Chicago building designed by the architect would be very welcome”.

This project will have a big architectural impact on the South Loop’s profile.

Jahn did not respond to a request for comment on the story. Phil Castillo, an associate principal architect at the firm JAHN, would say only that “any announcements are months from now.”

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