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Column: An exclusive look at the reborn Cook County Hospital: Once facing the wrecking ball, the West Side landmark is about to reemerge, beautifully remade

The renovation and reinvention of the old Cook County Hospital is a triumph of historic preservation, one that should resonate far beyond the walls of the beloved Beaux-Arts landmark on Chicago’s Near West Side. Not only does it give new life to an ornate,...

Offshore – Rooftop Bar at Navy Pier is a 2019 ALA Merit Winner

At 52,000 SF, Offshore is the world’s largest rooftop bar located on Chicago’s historically landmarked Navy Pier. The year-round venue is enclosed by a fritted barrel-vaulted ETFE roof, designed to accommodate the net-zero structural loading requirement, and operable...

Navy Pier Rooftop Venue Opening Spring 2019

KOO is proud to announce the new 36,000-square-foot rooftop deck called Offshore, will open in Spring 2019.  The new hot-spot with include huge glass-enclosed areas, fire pits, and terraces. Click here to read the Chicago Tribune article. Click here to read the...

UIC Performing Arts Center WINNER – OMA/KOO

OMA/KOO LLC has been named the winner of an international competition to design an innovative “Center for the Arts” on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus The new complex is intended by the school to have both public and academic functions. It will house the...
Navy Pier Rooftop Venue Opening Spring 2019

Navy Pier Rooftop Venue Opening Spring 2019

KOO is proud to announce the new 36,000-square-foot rooftop deck called Offshore, will open in Spring 2019.  The new hot-spot with include huge glass-enclosed areas, fire pits, and terraces. Click here to read the Chicago Tribune article. Click here to read the...

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UIC Performing Arts Center WINNER – OMA/KOO

UIC Performing Arts Center WINNER – OMA/KOO

OMA/KOO LLC has been named the winner of an international competition to design an innovative “Center for the Arts” on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus The new complex is intended by the school to have both public and academic functions. It will house the...

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UIC Center for the Arts Finalist Entries

UIC Center for the Arts Finalist Entries

KOO is thrilled to be partnering with OMA on this transformative design for UIC's new Center for the Performing Arts Building. Click here to read the Architectural Record article.  Click here to read the Curbed article.  Click here to read the ArchitectsNewPaper...

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Transforming Chicago – Old Cook County Hospital

Transforming Chicago – Old Cook County Hospital

Renovation and repurposing are well underway as workers transform the 103-year-old former Cook County Hospital at 1835 W. Harrison St. into a $1 billion apartment, hotel, restaurant, retail, and office complex.  The team members involved in the redevelopment are Civic...

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Finalist – New Performing Arts Center at UIC

Finalist – New Performing Arts Center at UIC

KOO is part of one of the three architectural teams which have been chosen to create a pre-design for the last leg of the UIC new performing arts center competition. The three teams hold world-wide reputations for their award-winning design work, thoughtful approaches...

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Old Cook County Hospital Transformation – WGN News

Old Cook County Hospital Transformation – WGN News

The old hospital will be home to two new hotels, medical offices, retail spaces and a small museum dedicated to the history of this building and its influence on healthcare.  The eastern two-thirds of the building will be converted to connected Hyatt House and Hyatt...

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4 Interior Design Lessons from Hospitality

4 Interior Design Lessons from Hospitality

"Embracing hospitality, the art and science of making guests feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed, is mandatory in the restaurant and hotel industries. Establishments that can’t broadcast hospitality with passion and grace don’t survive. Yet...

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Chicago Artisan: Jackie Koo

Chicago Artisan: Jackie Koo

"She is thoughtful and interested in understanding what her clients need, where they come from and what their objectives are, and then she applies her craft and her art in just a wonderful way.” KOO's Founding Principal, Jackie Koo, was interviewed by Chicago Life's...

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The B&D Interview: Jackie Koo

The B&D Interview: Jackie Koo

Sustainability is so critical in every project that it drives design, so we are always looking for new materials that we can use in interesting and consequential ways. - Jackie Koo Jackie Koo, KOO LLC's founding Principal, was interviewed by Builder and Developer...

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Navy Pier Hotel Press

Navy Pier Hotel Press

"A perfect fusing of proficiencies, the upcoming boutique hotel at Chicago's Navy Pier is a deed, which has multiple contributors, ensuring the property stands proud and unique at the edge of the city" Soumya Jain's article in LuxuryFacts, on July 20th, 2018, gives an...

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Navy Pier Groundbreaking

Navy Pier Groundbreaking

From left to right: William Brodsky, Marilynn Gardner, Robert Rivkin, Robert Habeeb, Greg Wilson, Dave Alexander, Louis Dodd, Kelly Powers Baria, Mark Spears, and Jackie Koo KOO LLC, the architect, and interior designer, for the Navy Pier Hotel and Rooftop Bar, was...

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Interview: Jackie Koo

Interview: Jackie Koo

Our Founding Principal, Jackie Koo, was interviewed by Tastytrade, a financial radio and podcast network on June 21st, 2018.  KOO is a Chicago-based full-service architecture, interior design & planning firm, founded by Jackie Koo in 2005. She is the first female...

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