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.
Peter J. Kindel, SOM Director of Urban Design and Planning, will speak about SOM's work in Bahrain at an upcoming conference in Hong Kong. His presentation will cover SOM's national planning development strategy, the firm's work in Bahrain Bay, and more.
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 five 2014 Design Awards from the Middle East Chapter of the AIA, more than any other firm this year. SOM projects received the Design Award, the highest honor, across four categories, as well as one Merit Award.
When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia hired SOM to design the flagship building for his new city-size financial center, he had two tiny requests: He wanted a memorable, iconic design, and he needed it ready for construction in four months.
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.
Located in the under-development King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, this futuristic complex by SOM provides a multipurpose event hall with operable walls, a 600-seat auditorium with full lecture and cinema support, and a ‘digital forum’ approach that allows all venues to be internally and externally networked.
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.