» NEWS «

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...

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...

2018 CBC Merit Award Winner

KOO received the 2018 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award (New Construction $15-$55) for our work on Hotel EMC2.  The Chicago Building Congress is the cornerstone of greater Chicagoland's dynamic building industry, for it unites diverse members of the city's...

read more

Construction on planned Navy Pier hotel to start next month

"One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions is expected to get a new seven-story hotel. The Chicago Tribune reports developers have unveiled plans for a $100 million 222-room hotel that's part of Hilton's Curio Collection. It will feature views of the lake and...

read more

Hotel EMC2 Supports Youth in STEM Education

"'Curiosity, combined with the ability to be creative and inventive, is the human trait, which lies at the heart of the Hotel EMC2’s brand identity. When a human being can be creative and invent, it can transform their view on life and ennoble the spirit,' said Scott...

read more

KOO’s Latest One-Of-A-Kind Design

"EMC2 is the follow-up to theWIT Hotel. The 27 story, 298 guest room soft-branded Hilton Doubletree in the heart of the Loop. Its glassy façade punctuated by a chartreuse lightning bolt secured KOO on Chicago's architectural map when it debuted. This is KOO's third...

read more

Quick Hits: Hotel EMC2 Opens in Chicago

"The under-used east end of Navy Pier would come to life with an elevated walkway and reflecting pool under a new chapter of the pier’s centennial makeover advanced Thursday.The Chicago Plan Commission also signed off on a seven-story, 240-room hotel, a seasonal...

read more

Hotel EMC2 Downtown Chicago Celebrates Opening

"With interiors designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, and architecture led by KOO, art and science are thoughtfully woven throughout every nook and cranny of the 21-story, 195-room hotel. A typographic design greets guests upon arrival featuring the commanding...

read more

Another Sliver of a Hotel Slotting Into the Gold Coast

"When students report for the first day of class Tuesday, they’ll find a spacious cafe, third-floor gym, black box theater, mirrored dance studio and more than a dozen additional classrooms in a bright new space at 1034 N. Wells St." Credit: Chicago Architecture...

read more

Recent Posts

Search By Month

55 W. Wacker Dr.
Suite 600C
Chicago, IL 60601