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OMA & KOO @ UIC

The competition-winning design by OMA – Office for Metropolitan Architecture and KOO LLC for the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for the Arts consists of two towers and some performance spaces beneath a tent-like roof. Credit:World-Architects.com

Curio Collection’s 100th property opens on Chicago’s Navy Pier

Sable at Navy Pier, which marks the 100th property milestone for Curio Collection by Hilton, has opened in Chicago. Developed and operated by Maverick Hotels & Restaurants, with an ownership group led by Acron AG, it is the first hotel to break ground on one of...

Design Conversations: Jackie Koo Takes Us Behind the Scenes at Navy Pier’s First Hotel

As Navy Pier, the iconic Chicago landmark gets revamped with a hotel of its own, Newcity sits down with Jackie Koo, founding principal of architecture, interior design and urban planning firm, KOO, for a glimpse at the design process. “Creating a design that could be...

KOO-designed SURGE esports arena gets the go-ahead for Chicago’s South Side

Chicago’s City Council has greenlit a $30 million proposed esports and virtual reality arena for a site along South Wabash Avenue that’s just a stone’s throw from McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, in the South Side neighborhood of...
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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