The SOM Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 SOM Foundation Research Prize. Two university-led teams will each receive a grant of $40,000 to conduct original research on the topic “Shrinking our Agricultural Footprint.”
On February 27th, 2020, Associate Director Georgi Petrov and senior architectural designer Daniel Inocente will lead a graduate seminar at the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. In a presentation titled "Architecture in the Age of a New Frontier," they will discuss the future of designing for space exploration.
A major milestone was reached at Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport’s new International Arrivals Facility in January. The long-awaited center span of a massive aerial walkway was moved down the airport’s center runway and lifted into place, setting the record for the longest structure over an active taxi lane in the world, coming in at 780 feet long.
On Wednesday, January 22nd, SOM joined the European Space Agency (ESA) to sign a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) at ESA’s headquarters in Paris. The announcement—signed by Colin Koop, Design Partner at SOM, and Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General of ESA—will expand the scope of SOM and ESA’s existing research into longterm habitation on the Moon.
On Tuesday, November 12th, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University's new Winship at Midtown facility for cancer care—located on the Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) campus in Atlanta, Georgia—broke ground. SOM is providing architectural and structural engineering services for the new facility, which will comprise more than 450,000 square feet of inpatient, outpatient, and research facilities.
SOM is pleased to announce the release of The Future of Transportation, a collection of essays that reflect on the interventions that are shaping new ways of living and moving. The third volume of the SOM Thinkers series, this book looks beyond conventional architectural discussions to consider how the remedies for modern-day transportation woes may not all be in the future, but hiding in plain and present sight.
On October 30th, 2019, Brookfield Properties announced the opening of One Manhattan West, a 67-story, 2.1-million-square-foot office tower. One Manhattan West is the first new office tower to open as part of the Manhattan West complex, an eight-acre district being developed on Manhattan's West Side.
91 Leonard Street, a sleek, charcoal-colored terracotta condominium with exterior and lobby designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), has reached completion and residents have begun to move in. With 111 luxury condominiums plus amenity spaces, the New York City building was developed by Toll Brothers City Living, with collaborating architect Hill West Architects and interiors by Whitehall Interiors.
Consultatio Real Estate and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) released the designs for Catalinas Rio, a waterfront office building in Buenos Aires' Catalinas Norte business district expansion. With retail, public greenspace, and two intertwined trapezoidal towers joined by skybridges and green terraces, the project will create a new, vibrant identity for the district and city skyline.
On September 26th, 2019, the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre officially opened to the public, securing its position as the eighth tallest building in the world and the fourth tallest in China. The 530-meter-tall tower was designed to LEED® Gold standards, with sustainable strategies including a high-performance envelope, optimized daylighting, and green landscaping.
The SOM Foundation welcomes Iker Gil as its new Executive Director. As an architect, editor, and curator, Gil will help lead the SOM Foundation as it focuses efforts on collaborations between students and faculty through the SOM Foundation Research Prize.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill welcomes Rob DeMillo as the company’s first Chief Technology Officer. The appointment of DeMillo, a leader in software and technology development, puts the 83-year-old firm at the forefront of design and engineering within the digital space.
Originally designed in the early 1960s by architects Gio Ponti, Piero Portaluppi, and Antonio Fornaroli, the Corso Italia 23 complex in the heart of Milan will be transformed from an insular single-tenant headquarters into a vibrant office campus that represents the future of the workplace.
On September 6th, 2019, “Reflections: The Anatomy of Form” opened at the Design Museum as part of London Design Festival 2019. Showing for the first time in London, the exhibition comprises 31 scale models of different building systems.
SOM will unveil two exhibitions designed with advanced robotic fabrication techniques for concrete construction in the built environment. This groundbreaking work represents a collaborative future design method that reduces the carbon footprint of buildings, while activating civic spaces during the Chicago Architecture Biennial.