SOM Architect Rappels Down London's Broadgate Tower


On June 7, 2014, Daniel Silva, an architect in SOM’s London office, rappelled down the 35-story Broadgate Tower for a charitable cause. The glass-clad, SOM-designed tower stands at a magnificent 585 feet and marks the edge of the City of London. SOM's London office occupies the fourth floor of the building.

“I work in this building every day and have always wanted to take part in this abseil,” said the intrepid Silva. “I’m delighted to have been presented with the opportunity to do so, while raising money for a good cause.”

The daring stunt was part of a fundraising event for Shooting Star Chase, an organization that provides aid to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Members of the public were invited to rappel down the tower for a minimum donation of £30. The rappelling distance was 541 feet. Juan Porta, another architect in SOM's London office, also raised money for the charity.