Three SOM Projects Compete as Finalists in the 2021 IstructE Awards

One Manhattan West, Tianjin CTF Finance Center, and the Robotic Construction - the Glass Vault are finalists in the 2021 IstructE Awards. The UK-based program was established in 1968 and is regarded as one of the world's leading institutions recognizing projects in structural engineering excellence. The shortlist presents the best engineering projects the world had to offer from the past two years.

One Manhattan West, a 70-story office tower, is located on a challenging site above the underground train tracks that lead into Pennsylvania Station in New York City. The design team turned this challenging site constraint into an opportunity by sloping in the perimeter columns of the supertall tower to its core, creating a column-free lobby that acts as a visual extension of the Manhattan West Development plaza and public spaces. A travertine-clad pillar at the center of the lobby follows the sloping form, making the tower's structural solution its focal point. The project is a finalist under the Structures in Extreme Conditions category.

The 530-meter-tall, mixed-use Tianjin CTF Finance Centre is a new iconic addition to Tanjin's growing skyline. The tower has a striking silhouette, defined by a series of curves that converge at an open-lattice crown. The design utilizes an innovative structural system and creative detailing to deliver an efficient, strong, high-performing, and cost-effective design. The super-tall tower is a finalist under the Tall or Slender Structures category.

For The Robotic Construction - The Glass Vault, SOM teamed up with scientists at Princeton University's CREATE Lab and Form Finding Lab, in addition to assistance from TU Delft, bringing ancient structural vault construction techniques into the world of digital fabrication. The interactive installation was assembled live onsite by robots through the course of SOM’s exhibition “Anatomy of Structure: The Future of Art and Architecture” in London. The project is a finalist under the Structural Artistry (Non-Building Structures) category.