The appearance of Midtown’s One Manhattan West belies an incredibly complex structural system—so complex that the typical process of submitting 2D drawings to steel fabricators would have been insufficient. As a result, SOM’s structural engineers tried something new with 3D detailing models, which allowed the team to assemble the steel components with ease and for construction to start much sooner than expected.
The opportunity to create new rental residences—known in the industry as “build-to-rent”—can be a framework for thinking about lifestyle and sense of place. It's also a pathway for building vibrant cities through accessible housing options. From The Stratford’s new model for vertical community living in London, to Lincoln Common’s relationship with the historic storefronts and legacy buildings of Chicago’s North Side, we’ve sought to respond to the distinctive qualities of each place.
From a university campus in Omaha, Nebraska to the lobby of the world's tallest building in Dubai, SOM engineers have worked with artists to help execute visionary creative works. Here, we explore the engineering of art (and the art of engineering) across five collaborations.
An innovative structural engineering solution allowed 111 Main, a 25-story office tower, to be built above a new performing arts center. Together, the two projects are helping to revitalize Salt Lake City's downtown.
To create a flagship tower for a new business district in Beijing, an iconic building would not be enough. Our architects and engineers also had to respond to the challenges of the region's geography and climate.
How can a new office building make a positive contribution to its neighborhood? While the 30-story tower at the corner of San Francisco’s Mission and Fremont streets is a shining example of sustainable design, its social and cultural impact occurs at street level.
For decades, SOM has pushed the limits of building and structural design through the power of collaboration between architects and engineers. On view at the Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark, “Sky’s the Limit: The Engineering of Architecture” brings the results of that working relationship into focus.
Among the artists who have collaborated with SOM over the years, the modernist sculptor Isamu Noguchi played an especially influential role in shaping spaces that unite art and architecture. To celebrate this shared legacy, we trace the origin of Noguchi's work with architect Gordon Bunshaft, a creative partnership that lasted for more than a decade.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, one of the world’s most renowned resorts, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The hotel’s strong, modernist design reflects the dauntless vision of its founder, Laurance S. Rockefeller, who engaged SOM to create the first resort on the rugged coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island.
Enter the world of structural engineering at SOM through "The Engineering of Architecture," an exhibit in Munich on the firm's rich history of structural excellence. From the Burj Khalifa to John Hancock Center, the show explores SOM's unique approach to structural design for skyscrapers of all scales.
Almost from the start, SOM has collaborated with renowned artists to create works that bring further dimension and character to its projects. For the Greenwich Academy Upper School in Connecticut, the firm worked with James Turrell to distinguish key zones and transform the experience of the campus with an innovative lighting installation. Here we explore that partnership in more detail.
For more than four decades, SOM has been working in China, where it has honored the country’s rich history while creating buildings and master plans that embrace the future. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the firm has illustrated the animals of the 12-year zodiac calendar.
Since opening for commercial service in the 1940s, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has served as the gateway to one of America's most storied cities. A sweeping, multibillion-dollar modernization project is now underway at the bustling transit hub. As part of this undertaking, SOM designed a prototype for a series of new, structurally ingenious pedestrian bridges within the Central Terminal Area (CTA).
The “breathable skin” is one of architecture’s oldest and most fundamental notions. Technological advancements, ever-increasing building heights, and society’s growing environmental awareness have spurred exciting new developments in the design and construction of sustainable architecture that breathes. Here, we present three such projects conceived by SOM.
In 1969, the American Institute of Architects began awarding its 25-Year Award to recognize buildings and structures that have set a precedent of architectural excellence. Since the establishment of the program, SOM has received six 25-Year Awards, more than any other firm currently practicing today.
Pablo Picasso's 50-foot-tall sculpture in Chicago has left an enduring impact, not just on its hometown, but also globally. Learn how the vision and tireless work of an SOM architect realized this seminal work.
From the new NATO headquarters in Brussels to the adaptive reuse of a warehouse in Los Angeles, a number of distinctive SOM projects are underway—many to be complete in 2016. Discover the notable aspects of each building, and how SOM's commitment to design excellence and innovation is working to improve cities and communities around the world.
SOM has long maintained close and dynamic relationships with many of the top artists of the modern era. One sculptor whose creations were particularly well suited to SOM's architecture was Alexander Calder, warmly known to those who worked with him as "Sandy."
More than ever, rail stations are linking various modes of transit, enabling passengers to get around with unprecedented speed and ease, and catalyzing broader development. This slideshow highlights seven SOM rail projects, each poised to radically influence the transportation landscape across the globe.
Dozens of projects designed by SOM will be featured at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale. The selections, on view at the American Pavilion, catalog more than a half-century of the firm’s accomplishments abroad.
"Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin” presents a 100-year vision to guide planning and development in the international watershed of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Gulf of St. Lawrence. SOM produced the exhibition in partnership with the International Secretariat for Water and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
With a focus on developing new sustainable materials and technologies, the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) unites the design and engineering expertise of SOM and the research capabilities of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop radically new building systems.
The Jianianhua Center in China defines a new kind of civic landmark, one that establishes a meaning and presence through an innovative integration of architecture and graphic design. Through the unexpected application of common billboard technology, a glass volume is transformed into dynamic architecture.
For 80 years, SOM has operated at the forefront of design, engineering, and urban planning. From record-breaking skyscrapers and technological innovations to transformative urban design, this sample of notable achievements demonstrates how SOM's vision and interdisciplinary practice have shaped the built environment.