Optimo Hat Company's new headquarters consolidates design, operations, and production spaces inside a 100-year-old decommissioned firehouse in South Chicago. To reflect Optimo’s ethos of craftsmanship, authenticity, and timeless luxury, SOM created a space that befits a hatmaker known for its rigorous attention to detail.
SOM is pleased to release designs for the Hangzhou Wangchao Center, a 288-meter-tall tower slated for completion in 2021. The project will add more than 100,000 square meters of office, hotel, and retail space to the rapidly expanding region of Hangzhou, China.
A team that includes SOM and is led by Bouygues Immobilier UrbanEra has been selected for the Charenton-Bercy redevelopment project in eastern Paris. Bringing new connections to the district, the proposal includes a sustainable 180-meter-tall tower and a tech hub housed in a circular building.
On March 13th, 2018, the 360 Chicago Observation Deck at 875 N. Michigan (formerly John Hancock Center) will unveil SOM's design for the building's second time capsule. Designed to be installed for the next 50 years, the new time capsule will replace the original, which was installed in 1968.
SOM is pleased to announce the release of The Future of Public Space, a collection of essays on the spiritual, virtual, and social futures of public space. The second volume in the SOM Thinkers series, the book poses provocative questions about design and architecture from perspectives outside its professional culture.
On January 28th, 2018, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by civic officials to break ground on the SOM-designed Taylor Street Apartments and Roosevelt Branch Library. Mayor Emanuel also announced a new SOM-designed Public Library branch in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.
A jury of leading voices in architecture has selected the winners of the #SOMinChicago Instagram contest. Nick Ulivieri and Laurie Shannon won first and second prize for their shots of the John Hancock Center, and Ian Liu was awarded third prize for his photo of the Willis Tower.
AIA has announced the 2018 recipients of the Institute Honor Awards, which recognize excellence and distinction in architecture, urban design, and interior architecture. Two SOM projects were honored: the New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles and the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library.
Geffen Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification. The educational facility serves as a gateway for the David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA campus as a whole.
In its November 2017 issue, Architect Magazine names SOM the number one architectural firm on its Architect 50 list. SOM is the only practice to receive top overall ranking two times since the magazine founded the prestigious list in 2009.
The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill are pleased to announce that Dmitri Jajich, Carrie Moore, Joseph Ruocco, Eric Van Epps, and Yue Zhu were promoted to the position of Director at SOM. Twenty-four new Associate Directors and 39 new Associates were also named.
On the occasion of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, we invite you to enter the #SOMinChicago Instagram photo contest. Post your photo of an SOM project in Chicago for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed or to win one of three prizes.
As the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites city residents and visitors to “Make New History” this fall, SOM is proud to partner with the Biennial and leading Chicago-based cultural organizations to explore the intersection between art, architecture, urban planning, and engineering.
Mana Contemporary Chicago has announced that a new exhibition, titled "SOM: Engineering x [Art + Architecture]," will open on September 10th, 2017. Presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Ace Hotel Chicago as a partner for special programming, the exhibition will run through January 7th, 2018.
SOM has won the International Urban Design Ideas Competition for the Financial District and Marina District of Port City Colombo in Sri Lanka. When complete in 2041, SOM's master plan will transform Port City Colombo into a hub for commerce, tourism, and culture in South Asia.