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.
On May 29th, 2019, Director Yue Zhu spoke at the China Design Open Course symposium. Held in Shanghai, China, the event was part of a multi-city event sponsored by Sina Home. The theme this year is "Exploring Contemporary Chinese New Habitat."
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.
At the beginning of each year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) releases a report examining every building measuring 200 meters or taller completed during the previous year. The 2017 CTBUH Year in Review features five SOM projects.
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.
On June 28th, 2016, 50 members of AIA Shanghai toured the construction site of White Magnolia Plaza. SOM's Eric Tomich and Jaan Johnson spoke about the design and engineering challenges involved in the mixed-use project, which includes the tallest tower in Shanghai's Puxi area.
On May 13th, 2016, SOM team members accepted six awards for five projects at the inaugural China Tall Building Awards. Organized by the China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the awards were presented at a ceremony in Shanghai.
SOM has been named as the winner of six China Tall Building Awards. The awards program celebrates the highest caliber of design for skyscrapers in China, honoring projects that promote the advancement of tall buildings and the built environment.
SOM's Jin Mao Tower has been named a Performance Award Finalist by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The building's performance has been actively maintained and improved upon since opening in 1999.