His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, recently unveiled the design for Burj Jumeira, an aerodynamic, 550-meter tower located in the Al Sufouh area of the popular Jumeirah neighborhood of Dubai. The SOM-designed skyscraper will be one of the tallest buildings in the world.
On January 29th, Africa’s largest urban developer, Rendeavour, in partnership with the Lagos State Government, broke ground on a new city development in the Lekki Free Zone. The master plan by SOM is designed to boost foreign direct investment in Nigeria and create tens of thousands of jobs.
SOM's leadership in skyscraper and urban design will once again be represented at the annual global conference of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This year's event takes place from October 20th to 25th in various venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
CNN looks back on the impact of the Burj Khalifa and the evolving future of architecture in Dubai. SOM Structural Engineering Partner William F. Baker is interviewed regarding the design and engineering innovations of the Burj Khalifa and its continuing influence on the built environment.
Two SOM projects were honored with Awards of Merit at the 2018 AEI Forum. The New Consulate Compound was recognized in the Architectural Engineering Integration category, and the Bank of Beijing Science and Technology Research and Development Center was honored in the Mechanical category.
DesignMENA features the New National Cancer Institute (NNCI) in Giza, Egypt. SOM Associate Director Scott Habjan shares insight on the design of the facility, which will establish the NNCI as the largest comprehensive cancer center in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
DesignMENA reports on the New National Cancer Institute in Egypt, which will be the largest cancer center in the Middle East when it opens in 2019. The article previews the project’s complete case study; the full report will be published in the February issue of Middle East Architect magazine.
On May 20th, 2017, SOM Senior Technical Architect Brian Kleiver will lead an AIA Middle East Tour of the Four Seasons Hotel in Manama, Bahrain. During the tour, Kleiver will describe the inspiration for and complexities of the project's design.
DesignMENA highlights the opening of SOM's new office. Located on Dubai's main thoroughfare, the office will serve as a regional hub from which the firm can provide a full range of architecture, design, and planning services in the Middle East and North Africa.
Archinect reports on the official opening of SOM's new Dubai office. Located on Dubai’s main thoroughfare, the office will serve as a regional hub to provide a full range of architecture, design, and planning services in the Middle East and North Africa.
SOM announced today the official opening of its new office in Dubai, a move that strengthens the firm’s presence in the Middle East and North Africa. The office will serve as a regional hub to provide a full range of architecture, design, and planning services.
Arcapita Mosque has received the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for its contemporary design and innovative approach to Islamic architecture. The mosque, part of SOM's Arcapita Bank Headquarters, is located in Bahrain's capital city.
Urban Land magazine includes Cayan Tower in a survey of ten projects that demonstrate design excellence for the world's hottest regions. Completed in 2013, the SOM-designed tower is distinguished by its twisting shape that shades the interiors and mitigates the effects of strong desert winds.
For its 125th anniversary issue, Architectural Record names the top 125 buildings built since the magazine's founding in 1891. Three SOM projects were honored: Lever House, Cathedral of Christ The Light, and Burj Khalifa.
In a new article, BBC Future asks if today's skyscrapers will outlast the Egyptian pyramids. William F. Baker, engineer of the Burj Khalifa and SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner, contributes his expert opinion on how skyscrapers can be designed and maintained to last forever.