This year, the Jin Mao Tower, China's first supertall building, celebrates its 20th year of operation. With a name that means "golden prosperity" in Chinese, the iconic tower continues to influence skyscraper design globally.
SOM's Jin Mao Tower was honored with the inaugural Hudec Architectural Culture Award on October 27th, 2018. The tallest building in China at the time of its completion, Jin Mao's design echoes the form of the ancient Chinese pagoda and remains a leading model of skyscraper design in the country.
On November 5th, 2018, SOM's Thomas Kinzl and Weiqi Wang will speak at the China Design Open Course symposium in Zhengzhou, China. The event is part of a country-wide consortium and showcases culturally significant architectural landmarks.
Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Parcel A received an Honor Award in the Architecture category of the 2017 AIA Hong Kong Awards. The mixed-use project, which was completed in 2015, includes the two tallest skyscrapers in Nanchang, China.
On August 18th, 2017, Yue Zhu and Amber Jan will speak at the 2017 Real Estate Design China Awards Forum in Shanghai. Zhu and Jan will deliver a presentation on Beijing Greenland Center, SOM's most recent addition to the growing Dawangjing Business District in Beijing.
In July, 2017, SOM's Shanghai office hosted a group of visiting architects as part of an exchange program organized by the Japan Institute of Architects and AIA Shanghai. SOM's Silas Chiow led participants on a tour of three projects designed by the firm.
Beijing Greenland Center and Nanchang Greenland Exhibition Center have both won 2016-2017 Real Estate Design China Awards. The annual awards program recognizes projects that have played a significant role in improving the built environment of China.
Three SOM projects won seven Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Professional Project Awards. The award program recognizes exceptional design achievement, with a focus on projects that show an integrated approach to architectural engineering.
Five SOM projects are featured in "CTBUH Year in Review," an annual report with data on the world's new tallest buildings. Beijing Greenland Center, Tanjong Pagar Centre, 252 E. 57th Street, Ningbo Bank of China, and Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank Financial Building made the list.