At approximately 780 feet tall, views from 50 West Street’s curved glass windows are unparalleled. New York Harbor, both the Hudson and East Rivers, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island are all clearly visible. Internationally acclaimed architect Helmut Jahn, well known for his modern steel-and-glass structures, has designed one of the most striking new buildings in the city.
The 64-story tower boasts 191 residential condominiums, with expansive layouts ranging from one to five bedrooms, as well as an array of duplexes and double height living rooms throughout the tower. All interiors are designed and finished by Thomas Juul-Hansen, who has complemented Jahn’s steel and glass with exceptional warmth and elegance.
Four floors of the tower are devoted to state-of-the-art amenities: an immense Fitness Center, the beautifully-appointed Water Club, unique children’s amenities, and The Observatory at 50 West Street, a spectacular 64th floor outdoor entertaining space with seemingly infinite views of New York and beyond.
Born in Nürnberg, Germany in 1940, Helmut Jahn was educated at the Technische Hochschule in Munich and emigrated to America in 1966 to continue his studies in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The following year, Jahn joined C. F. Murphy Associates and worked under Gene Summers to design the new McCormick Place. He has since taught at the University of Illinois, Harvard, Yale, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Known for his progressive use of technology and reductionist aesthetic, Jahn’s designs have won major awards and many have been featured in architectural exhibitions around the world. Some of his most celebrated buildings include the Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, the MesseTurm in Frankfurt, and the One Liberty Place, which until 2008 was the tallest building in Philadelphia.
In 1981, Jahn assumed sole control of C. F. Murphy Associates, which was renamed first as Murphy/Jahn, and then simply to JAHN in 2012. He now shares leadership of the firm with the architect Francisco Gonzalez Pulido, and in addition to the Chicago office, the company has satellites in Berlin, Doha, and Shanghai. Dedicated to energy efficiency and ecological responsibility, JAHN-designed buildings are technologically innovative and designed for sustainability.