The Middle East chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored four SOM projects in its 2015 Design Awards, marking the second consecutive year that SOM has won more awards in this program than any other firm. Al Hamra Tower and Cayan Tower were recognized in the built projects category, and Al Ahmadi Cultural Center and Nozul Lusail Marina earned accolades for unbuilt projects.
As reported in Architect Magazine, Al Hamra Tower won the High-Rise Buildings category of the Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, presented by the American Concrete Institute. The SOM-designed supertall skyscraper features a 4-meter-thick raft of reinforced concrete, which supports the structure's gravitational loads.
SOM's Al Hamra Tower has been named 2014 Commercial Project of the Year by the Middle East Architect Awards. Now in its seventh year, the awards program recognizes projects that have positively contributed to the architecture industry of the region.
SOM has received three 2013 Design Awards in the architecture category from the New York Chapter of the AIA, more than any other firm this year. The prestigious awards program recognizes outstanding architectural design and honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to achieve design excellence.
Rising to a height of 413 meters, the Al Hamra Tower, by SOM, dominates the skyline of Kuwait City as the second tallest building in the Middle East region.
Al Hamra Tower provided a diverse array of topics for SOM designers Aybars Asci and Mark Sarkisian to discuss during a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat symposium.
“Design by New York,” an annual exhibition presented by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is on view in Manhattan’s West 4th Street subway station. Five SOM-designed projects — Al Hamra Tower, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Grey Group Roof Deck, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and The New School University Center — are on display until November 4, 2012.
The Middle East is a region of rapid globalization with man-made islands and supertall towers. Tradition and change are creating great challenges for today's architects and engineers.
Keeping up with the ever-changing and constantly replaced list of the world’s tallest buildings, SOM just completed the Al Hamra Tower, a quarter-mile-high sculptural commercial complex in Kuwait City.