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Art + SOM: Isamu Noguchi's Garden for Lever House

Among the artists who have collaborated with SOM over the years, the modernist sculptor Isamu Noguchi played an especially influential role in shaping spaces that unite art and architecture. To celebrate this shared legacy, we trace the origin of Noguchi's work with architect Gordon Bunshaft, a creative partnership that lasted for more than a decade.

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On the Rise: Projects To Watch in 2016

From the new NATO headquarters in Brussels to the adaptive reuse of a warehouse in Los Angeles, a number of distinctive SOM projects are underway—many to be complete in 2016. Discover the notable aspects of each building, and how SOM's commitment to design excellence and innovation is working to improve cities and communities around the world.

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Tropical Modernism: The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Turns 50

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, one of the world’s most renowned resorts, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The hotel’s strong, modernist design reflects the dauntless vision of its founder, Laurance S. Rockefeller, who engaged SOM to create the first resort on the rugged coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island.

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The Engineering of Architecture: An SOM Exhibition

Enter the world of structural engineering at SOM through "The Engineering of Architecture," an exhibit in Munich on the firm's rich history of structural excellence. From the Burj Khalifa to John Hancock Center, the show explores SOM's unique approach to structural design for skyscrapers of all scales.

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Art + SOM: James Turrell at the Greenwich Academy Upper School

Almost from the start, SOM has collaborated with renowned artists to create works that bring further dimension and character to its projects. For the Greenwich Academy Upper School in Connecticut, the firm worked with James Turrell to distinguish key zones and transform the experience of the campus with an innovative lighting installation. Here we explore that partnership in more detail.

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Structural Ingenuity: A New Type of Pedestrian Bridge

Since opening for commercial service in the 1940s, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has served as the gateway to one of America's most storied cities. A sweeping, multibillion-dollar modernization project is now underway at the bustling transit hub. As part of this undertaking, SOM designed a prototype for a series of new, structurally ingenious pedestrian bridges within the Central Terminal Area (CTA).

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Sustainable Design: Breathable Building Envelopes

The “breathable skin” is one of architecture’s oldest and most fundamental notions. Technological advancements, ever-increasing building heights, and society’s growing environmental awareness have spurred exciting new developments in the design and construction of sustainable architecture that breathes. Here, we present three such projects conceived by SOM.

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Enduring Architecture: SOM's Winners of the AIA 25-Year Award

In 1969, the American Institute of Architects began awarding its 25-Year Award to recognize buildings and structures that have set a precedent of architectural excellence. Since the establishment of the program, SOM has received six 25-Year Awards, more than any other firm currently practicing today.

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Art + SOM: Working With Alexander Calder

SOM has long maintained close and dynamic relationships with many of the top artists of the modern era. One sculptor whose creations were particularly well suited to SOM's architecture was Alexander Calder, warmly known to those who worked with him as "Sandy."

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Transit for a New Era: 7 Visionary SOM Rail Projects

More than ever, rail stations are linking various modes of transit, enabling passengers to get around with unprecedented speed and ease, and catalyzing broader development. This slideshow highlights seven SOM rail projects, each poised to radically influence the transportation landscape across the globe.

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Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin

"Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin” presents a 100-year vision to guide planning and development in the international watershed of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Gulf of St. Lawrence. SOM produced the exhibition in partnership with the International Secretariat for Water and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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Center for Architecture Science and Ecology

With a focus on developing new sustainable materials and technologies, the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) unites the design and engineering expertise of SOM and the research capabilities of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop radically new building systems.

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Jianianhua Center: A Facade Becomes Art

The Jianianhua Center in China defines a new kind of civic landmark, one that establishes a meaning and presence through an innovative integration of architecture and graphic design. Through the unexpected application of common billboard technology, a glass volume is transformed into dynamic architecture.

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Achievements: SOM's Pioneering Spirit

For 80 years, SOM has operated at the forefront of design, engineering, and urban planning. From record-breaking skyscrapers and technological innovations to transformative urban design, this sample of notable achievements demonstrates how SOM's vision and interdisciplinary practice have shaped the built environment.

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