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2020 LANDMARKS ILLINOIS RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION PRESERVATION AWARD FOR ADAPTIVE USE

A pillar of the Illinois Medical District on Chicago’s Near West Side, and a monument to the vital role that public hospitals play in providing medical care to all those in need, the Old Cook County Hospital has at long last been given a second life. Built in...

KOO selected for INVEST South/West Pre-Qualified List of Design Services Firms

KOO was selected from 200 applicants! This summer the City of Chicago invited the Chicago Architecture Center to organize an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify Chicago design firms to be considered for upcoming projects connected to Mayor Lori E....

Beaux Arts Beauty

Hospitality and healthcare have always been intertwined—now more so than ever—as both industries exist to serve and care for others. The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District opened this summer in the Beaux-Arts classical-style landmark that...

Designer Spotlight!

Look who the designer spotlight is this week! Credit: Ceramic Technics Tim Curry August 18th, 2020
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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KOO Interiors – Cook County Hospital Redevelopment

KOO Interiors – Cook County Hospital Redevelopment

Work to convert the long-vacant Cook County Hospital building into two Hyatt hotels, medical offices and retail space is expected to start soon, after the project secured about $135 million in financing. The eastern two-thirds of the building will be converted to...

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2018 CBC Merit Award Winner

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...

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Construction on planned Navy Pier hotel to start next month

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...

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Hotel EMC2 Supports Youth in STEM Education

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...

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KOO’s Latest One-Of-A-Kind Design

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...

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Quick Hits: Hotel EMC2 Opens in Chicago

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...

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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...

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