CNN Style includes Cayan Tower in Dubai in a roundup of buildings that transformed cities around the world. The form and function of the twisting tower, in which each floor rotates around a cylindrical elevator to create a 90-degree turn, are highlighted.
Fifteen years after its launch, the SOM Journal continues to tell a story of design at SOM. This edition is the tenth installment in a continuing series that highlights conceptual undercurrents being discussed and projects being developed at the firm.
Urban Land magazine includes Cayan Tower in a survey of ten projects that demonstrate design excellence for the world's hottest regions. Completed in 2013, the SOM-designed tower is distinguished by its twisting shape that shades the interiors and mitigates the effects of strong desert winds.
At the 2015 Middle East Architect Awards, SOM won Concept Design of the Year for the Al Ahmadi Cultural Center, which creates a new arts destination in Kuwait. The winners of the eighth annual awards program were announced in Dubai on November 25, 2015.
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.
The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) honored 16 SOM structural projects at its annual awards dinner on June 6, 2015. These awards in part reflect the purpose of the SEAOI: to advance and advocate excellence in structural engineering and to aid in safeguarding the public.
SOM's Cayan Tower is a finalist in the 2015 MIPIM Awards, a program that recognizes excellence in real estate development. The 75-story building is the tallest twisting tower in the world.
George Efstathiou, SOM Consulting Partner, has been included on the annual “Middle East Architect Power List" compiled by designMena. The ranking features 10 international architects who have made a significant impact on the region.