Helmut Jahn

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Helmut Jahn (born January 4, 1940) is a Chicago-based German-American architect, known for designs such as the Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany, the Messeturm in Frankfurt, Germany, the One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia), and the Suvarnabhumi Airport, an international airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Recent projects include a residential tower in New York City, 50 West St in 2016 and the Thyssenkrup Test Tower in Rottweil, Germany in 2017.

Life and career[edit]

An illuminated, suspended, oval roof covers the 102 m span of the central Forum of the Sony Center, Berlin.

Jahn was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1940, and grew up watching the reconstruction of the city, which had been largely destroyed by Allied bombing campaigns.[1] After attending the Technical University of Munich from 1960 to 1965, he worked with Peter C. von Seidlein for a year. In 1966, he emigrated to Chicago to further study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, leaving school without earning his degree.

Murphy/Jahn[edit]

Jahn joined Charles Francis Murphy's architectural firm C. F. Murphy Associates in 1967 and was appointed Executive Vice President and Director of Planning and Design of the firm in 1973. He took over sole control in 1981 and the firm was renamed Murphy/Jahn, although the aged Murphy had retired and died a few years later in 1985.

Architectural style and influences[edit]

Generally inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, yet opposed to the doctrinal application of modernism by his followers, in 1978, Jahn became the eighth member of the Chicago Seven. Jahn established his pre-eminent reputation in 1985 with the State of Illinois Center in Chicago which prompted him to be dubbed "Flash Gordon.".[2] In addition to the main seat in Chicago, the company has offices in Berlin and Shanghai.

On October 26, 2012, Helmut Jahn renamed Murphy/Jahn to simply JAHN.

Completed projects[edit]

O'Hare Airport - interior view of the connecting tunnel between Concourses B & C of Terminal 1, with Michael Hayden's neon installation Sky's the Limit (1987).
1999 K Street, NW in Washington, D.C.

Following is a partial list of completed projects [2] [3] [4]:

Select Awards[edit]

Yachting[edit]

Jahn has an interest in yachting, and in the late 1990s owned at least three yachts named Flash Gordon (one of his nicknames).[30] In 1995, Jahn's Flash Gordon 2 won the annual Chicago to Mackinac Race, the oldest freshwater yacht race in the world.[31] In 1998, Jahn invited his fellow Vietnam War veteran, George Henry, to race with him in the Waterbury Channel Open. In 1997, Flash Gordon 3 won the Admiral's Cup.[32][33] In 2017 Flash Gordon 6 team captured its third straight North American Championship.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neumann, Dietrich. "Helmut Jahn." In Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 5, edited by R. Daniel Wadhwani. German Historical Institute. Last modified February 09, 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.architectureweek.com/2002/0717/design_1-1.html
  3. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  4. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
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  7. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  8. ^ http://www.emporis.com/building/parktower-costamesa-ca-usa
  9. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
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  14. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  15. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  16. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  17. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  18. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  19. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  20. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  21. ^ Miller, Nory. Helmut Jahn. New York: NY Rizzoli International Publications Inc. 1986. Print
  22. ^ http://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/Building/1041/Citigroup-Center.php
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  24. ^ Blaser, Werner. Helmut Jahn Architecture Engineering. Basel, Berlin, Boston: Birkhauser Publishers for Architecture. 2002. Print
  25. ^ Blaser, Werner. Helmut Jahn Architecture Engineering. Basel, Berlin, Boston: Birkhauser Publishers for Architecture. 2002. Print
  26. ^ [1], Leverkusen, Germany
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  28. ^ http://mapolis.com/en/building/Focus_Media_Center#!profile Archived 2013-12-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ http://www.archdaily.com/231569/flashback-hafen-murphyjahn/
  30. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-helmut-jahn-profile-20140813-story.html
  31. ^ https://www.chicagoyachtclub.org/files/Mackinac%20Cup.pdf
  32. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-helmut-jahn-profile-20140813-story.html
  33. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-23. Retrieved 2015-10-21.