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In memoriam: Helmut Jahn

News | June 1, 2021 | By:

The fabric-wrapped ThyssenKrupp test tower in Rottweil, Germany, is used to test and certify high-speed elevators, reducing development time of skyscrapers. The exterior wrap of the tower contributes to the overall structural performance and improves the durability of the concrete portion of the tower. Photo: Taiyo Europe GmbH.

Celebrated architect Helmut Jahn died on Saturday, May 8, when he was struck by two vehicles while riding his bike in Campton Hills, a western Chicago suburb. He was 81.

One of Jahn’s most recent projects was the fabric-wrapped ThyssenKrupp test tower in Rottweil, Germany, which earned many awards, including a 2019 Award of Excellence in the Hybrid Tension Structure category of IFAI’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) along with an IAA “Best in Category” title for all fabric structure projects that year.

Other structures Jahn was known for include the Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, One Liberty Place in Philadelphia and the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

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