SOM’s Cayan Tower has been named 2014’s Best Architecture Multiple Residence project in Dubai by the International Property Awards. The judging committee, chaired by three members of the House of Lords in the British Parliament, reviewed hundreds of entries, assessed projects based on aesthetics, sustainability, and design. Launched in 1995, the International Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies that work in the development, architecture, interior design, and real estate industries.
The supertall, twisting tower – with its striking helical-influenced shape, world class amenities, and views of the Dubai Marina and Arabian Gulf – is a pure expression of the relationship between the building’s form and the structural framework that supports it. Measuring 307 meters from base to top, the skyscraper is the tallest twisting tower in the world. It is also the only building to twist along its length, thanks to an innovative structural design that results in a full 90-degree rotation from its first to last floorplate.
About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
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.