AIA Hong Kong has announced that two SOM projects in Asia will receive Honor Awards. The prestigious awards program recognizes exemplary architecture and design achievements that improve the built environment. The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, won in the Architecture category, while the Tianqiao Performing Arts District Master Plan in Beijing won in the Urban Design category. The projects will be honored at an official ceremony today in Hong Kong.
The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou signals a new era in the design of diplomatic facilities. Representing American values while respecting the city's physical and cultural landscape, the project consists of seven structures on a 7.5-acre site. The dominant structure is a striking four-story building that houses the primary diplomatic facilities. The compound’s architectural ethos is formed around a clear commitment to environmental sustainability that includes the extensive use of local materials.
The Tianqiao Performing Arts District Master Plan intends to re-establish the cultural heart of Beijing with a new collection of modern and traditional performance venues that respect the area's World Heritage context. Creating both a community resource and a signature destination, the walkable district will significantly enhance the neighborhood’s tradition of providing areas for artistic expression. Richly articulated public spaces will serve as an ideal setting for a wide range of activities, from fortune telling and variety shows to full-scale operatic performances.
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 1,700 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award — in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Abu Dhabi.