Helmut Jahn receives AIA Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Award

German-American architect of Murphy/Jahn Architects has been announced as this year’s recipient of Chicago’s AIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Following his arrival to the U.S. more than 40 years ago, the Chicago-based architect has been lauded by some of the industry’s best for continuously breaking new ground with his postmodern steel-and-glass structures. Some of his most notable works include the SONY Center in Berlin and the University of Chicago Campus.

The film above, shared with us by our friends at Black Spectacles, captures the essence of Helmut Jahn’s work through images, videos and peer interviews with Jeanne Gang, FAIA, John Ronan, AIA, Ron Krueck, AIA, Werner Sobek and Franz Schulze.

The news of this award was followed by Jahn’s announcement that he will be changing the name of his firm to “Jahn”. Browse through some of Jahn’s most recent works, here on ArchDaily.

Pentominium / Murphy/Jahn

Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn

-based architects Murphy/Jahn have unveiled their design for a 320-meter-tall skyscraper in the Yongsan International Business District of . Designed as two-towers under one roof, the steel and glass lattice structure is one of fifteen skyscrapers planned for the global city that was master planned by Daniel Libeskind and commissioned by South Korean developer DreamHub. Consisting of mostly high end residential units, the two Pentominium towers will provide residents with exclusive city views and four-storey skyparks, while attempting to recreate the spacious and private feel often associated with detached housing.

Continue reading after the break for the architects’ description.

Leatop Plaza / Murphy/Jahn

Courtesy of

Architects: Murphy/Jahn
Location: , China
Completion: 2012
Height: 270M
Area: 161,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn


Flashback: Merck Sereno Headquarters / Murphy/Jahn

Courtesy of

Architects: Murphy/Jahn
Location: , Switzerland
Construction: 2006
Area: 68,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn

Hafen / Murphy/Jahn

Courtesy of

Architects: Murphy/Jahn 
Location: Düsseldorf,
Completion: 2010
Height: 70M
Area: 14,625sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn


Flashback: Post Tower / Murphy/Jahn

Courtesy of

Architects: Murphy/Jahn
Location: , Germany
Height: 162.40
Area: 73,501 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn

Flashback: Cologne Bonn Airport / Murphy/Jahn

Courtesy of

Architects: Murphy/Jahn 
Location: Cologne,
Completion: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy Jahn


Flashback: Sony Center Berlin / Murphy/Jahn

© Rainer Viertlbock

Flashback: One of Archdaily’s goals is to bring you up to date information about projects that are being designed and constructed around the world. We’ve created a new category to cover inspiring projects that were constructed between the 1990′s and the early 2000′s.

Architect: Murphy Jahn
Location: Berlin, Germany
Project Team: , Sam Scaccia, Philip Castillo, Dieter Zabel, Susan Pratt, Scott Pratt, Peter Hayes, Yorgo Lykourgiotis, Tony Pelipada, Andre Piraro, Carl D’Silva, Steffen Duemler, Andreas Hell, Oliver Henninger, Matthias Lassen, Sabine Robel, Bärbel Rudloff, Steven Nilles, Vincent Marani
Landscape Architect: Peter Walker & Partners
Text: Murphy Jahn
Project Area: 1,670,000 sqf
Project Year: 2000
Photographs: Rainer Viertlbock

Joe and Rika Mansueto Library / Murphy/Jahn

Courtesy of Murphy Jahn

The site in the center of the University of Chicago Campus is surrounded by a variety of different buildings. With a mixture of styles, ranging from the gothic quadrangle to the south, the Limestone Brutalism of Netsch’s Regenstein Library to the east, the Henry Moore monument and Legorreta’s colorful Student Housing to the north and a building to the west, which will be replaced by a new Science Building. There is not much to relate to.

Architect: Murphy Jahn
Location: Chicago, Illinois,
Lead Designer:
Project Area: 58,700 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy Jahn

Architecture City Guide: Las Vegas

Photo by htto2007 via Flickr – Creative Commons – http://www.flickr.com/photos/http2007/4700328574/

is our destination for the Architecture City Guide series this week.  Some of the most famous hotels and casinos grace the streets of , we’ve included those and much more. We want to hear from you, so take a minute to add your favorite can’t miss buildings in in our comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Las Vegas list and corresponding map after the break!

Architecture City Guide: Chicago

We are headed to the windy city of for this weeks Architecture City Guide series.  Jam packed with architecture from and Mies van der Rohe, here are our 12 recommendations if you are visiting Chicago.  Head to the comment section and share your recommendations for additional buildings to include on our list!

The Architecture City Guide: Chicago list and corresponding map after the break!

Veer Towers / Murphy/Jahn

© Rainer Viertlboeck

Murphy Jahn approached the Veer Towers design with the intention of exhibiting urban responsibility, paying particular attention to the building’s performance in terms of function and systems. The larger challenge was to make the project an integral part of Las Vegas but also to give its buildings and spaces a unique and strong identity. Following the break are photographs and description about this 2010 Certified building.

Architects: Murphy Jahn
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Lead Designers: & Francisco Gonzalez Pulido
Associate Architect: AAI Architects Inc
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
MEP: Flack + Kurtz Inc.
Client: MGM Mirage Design Group
Project Area: 841,844 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographer: Rainer Viertlboeck

University of Chicago – South Campus Chiller Plant / Murphy/Jahn

© Rainer Viertlboeck

The project for a new chiller plant at the University of provided the opportunity to design for function, performance, materials, construction while simultaneously considering how the technical equipment could be displayed as if it were a piece of art. The resulting expression of the South Campus Chiller Plant is a modern celebratory display of technical equipment. As the utility equipment is exposed, other elements of construction remain “uncovered” – concrete walls and floors, steel structure, ducts, light fixtures, and pipes.

The University of Chicago – South Campus Chiller Plant received the 2009 AIA Chicago Chapter Award, the 2008 Chicago Architecture Foundation Patron of The Year Award, and the 2008 Midwest Construction’s Best Award.

Architects: Murphy Jahn
Location: Chicago,
Client: University of Chicago
Lead Designer: Helmut Jahn
Structural Engineer: Burns & McDonnel, Werner Sobek Engineering & Design
MEP: Burns & McDonnel , Primera
Project Area: 26,400 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Rainer Viertlboeck

1999 K Street / Murphy/Jahn

© Rainer Viertlboeck

The recipient of the 2010 Washington Building Congress – Craftsmanship Award, 1999 K Street aims to provide a work environment in that is responsive to its urban surroundings. Murphy Jahn approached this design focused on filling each work space with natural light. The result is a simple, efficient and sustainable building. 1999 K Street received Certification in 2009.  Follow the break for more photographs and the architects description about the design.

Architects: Murphy Jahn
Location: Washington DC, United States
Lead Designer: Helmut Jahn
Associate Architect: WDG Architecture
Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson
Special Structures: Werner Sobek Ingenieure
MEP: GHT Limited
Client: Vornado / Charles E. Smith
Project Area: 309,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographer: Rainer Viertlboeck

Hegau Tower / Murphy/Jahn

© Rainer Viertlboeck

Hegau Tower’s design is a direct result of close collaboration between architect and client; a clear modernist expression.

Located in , , 20 km west of Lake Constance and in immediate proximity to the Swiss border, this design by Murphy Jahn is part of a larger development plan.  The redevelopment on the south side of the main train station is a representation of  the transition of this industrial town of roughly 45,000 people from production to service based businesses.

The building is full of highly functional and energy efficient details, including thermal mass activation and integration into the HVAC system, exterior flexible shading on southwest facing facades, natural ventilation, nighttime cooling, and daylight optimization.

More photographs after the break.

Architects: Murphy Jahn
Location:  Singen, Germany
Lead Designer: Helmut Jahn
Associate Architect: Riede Architekten, Fischer und Partner Architekten
Materials/Products: Clauss Markisen (exterior shades)
Structural Engineer: Werner Sobek Ingenieure
Mechanical Engineer: Transolar Energietechnik
Client: GVV Städtische Wohnungsbaugesellschaft
Project Area: 17,056 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographer: Rainer Viertlboeck