Retired SOM Partner Gordon Lee Wildermuth, FAIA, has passed away at the age of 82. During his career as a managing partner at SOM, Wildermuth produced a body of work that has received worldwide recognition for its exceptional quality and cultural impact.
Networked Urbanism spotlights the SOM-designed Hajj Terminal in an article about direct solar radiation in open spaces. Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the terminal serves as a physically welcoming, culturally symbolic, and structurally innovative portal for more than one million pilgrims annually.
ArchDaily recently highlighted the King Abdulaziz International Airport Hajj Terminal in Saudi Arabia. Now considered a design classic, SOM's innovative cable-stayed fabric roof structure accommodates thousands of religious pilgrims who travel to Mecca each year.
Dramatic entries are a given with air travel, and airports should convey a sense of welcome and arrival to travelers landing in a new city, like the great train stations of yesteryear, says architecture critic Paul Goldberger.
SOM is pleased to announce that the King Abdul Aziz International Airport – Hajj Terminal received the 2010 American Institute of Architects Twenty-Five Year award. The award jury commented, “This project exemplifies the power of a clear idea. With a very simple bay repeated quite beautifully, they set the standard for many airports since."