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Mar 13, 2018
Charenton-Bercy District Masterplan and Tower, Paris, France
Charenton Bercy District Masterplan and Tower in Paris
image © SOM-Ateliers2-3-4-AREP
Charenton-Bercy District Masterplan and Tower
A team led by Bouygues Immoblier UrbanEra – the communities development arm of Bouygues Group – including international Architect Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), Architects-Urbanists-Landscape Designers Ateliers 2/3/4/, AREP, and community ‘think tank’ Le Grand Reservoir; has been selected by the Ville de Charenton and Grand Paris Amenagement as the preferred development team for the Charenton-Bercy project on the eastern edge of Paris.

Sep 7, 2017
Chicago Architecture Biennial News

This fall, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) joins Chicagoans in celebration of the city’s enduring passion for architecture. As the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites city residents and visitors to “Make New History,” 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.

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Aug 10, 2017
Colombo Master Plan, Sri Lanka

SOM Wins Colombo Master Plan International Design Competition.

The 2.9 billion sqft development is due to be completed in 2041.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has won the International Urban Design Ideas Competition for the Financial District and Marina District of the Port City Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Colombo Master Plan by SOM | www.e-architect.co.uk
image Courtesy of architects

Developed along with UK-based landscape architects Grant Associates, the project will develop public spaces and an urban framework to accommodate future growth for the country’s capital, as well as form its new skyline. The master plan includes a new harbor, civic plaza, cultural venue, park, gardens, squares, and canal promenades.

Colombo Masterplan by SOM | www.e-architect.co.uk
image Courtesy of architects

The competition, organized by real estate developer CHEC Port City Colombo, was held to extend the Colombo Central Business District and establish the city as a cultural center for commerce and tourism in South Asia.

The jury unanimously selected SOM’s design as they felt the project exhibited a sincere consideration of the ecological and cultural environment of Sri Lanka.

The Colombo Masterplan by SOM will cover 2.9 billion square feet, and is expected to be completed in 2041.

CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Limited (CPCC) announced today that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP—the internationally renowned architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firm—has won the International Urban Design Ideas Competition held for the Financial District and Marina District of Port City Colombo. This competition was conducted by CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd. according to the guidelines of the UIA International Design Competitions—interpreting and implementing the UNESCO “Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning.”

Colombo Masterplan design by SOM | www.e-architect.co.uk
image Courtesy of architects

Comprising 269 hectares, Port City Colombo is a new city development built as an extension of the existing Colombo Central Business District (CBD). The Financial District and Marina District make up the central area of Port City. When complete in 2041, the master plan will transform Port City Colombo into a hub for commerce, tourism, and culture in South Asia.

A collaboration with CPCC, the Concept Master Plan by SOM, with consulting landscape architects Grant Associates, offers a richness of urban opportunities and a robust framework with carefully designed public spaces. It presents a dynamic new vision for Port City Colombo that promises to deliver high quality urban environments for residents and visitors. The plan is designed to accommodate future growth and change within a sustainable development framework. SOM’s vision, selected as the unanimous winner by an international jury, was cited as demonstrating exceptional sensitivity to the ecological and cultural context of Sri Lanka.

Colombo Masterplan Sri Lanka by SOM Architects | www.e-architect.co.uk
image Courtesy of architects

In SOM’s proposed design, the new skyline for Port City Colombo is composed to create a striking and legible profile with a clear hierarchy when viewed from key points within the city. Sri Lanka’s varied landscape and its complex tropical climate have influenced the conception of the future district’s public realm. The squares, canal edges, gardens, a new harbor, and a new city park take cues from the local environment to create a sympathetic proposal that is rooted in the country’s unique geography and ecology.

The plan refers to the country’s diverse eco-system by creating a “Green Heart” and a “Blue Heart” to structure these vibrant future urban districts. Inspired by hanging gardens, the central civic plaza features shaded promenades that encircle a new city marina at the waterfront. The locally resonant design approach is also apparent along the canal edge promenade, where inlets of varying character reference the lagoons of Sri Lanka’s rich and articulated coastline.

A new cultural venue placed at the seafront and immediately adjacent to the CBD of Port City Colombo will encourage people to gravitate toward the waterfront and create an iconic backdrop to the marina.

Colombo Masterplan in Sri Lanka design by SOM Architects | www.e-architect.co.uk
image Courtesy of architects

About CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Limited

CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd through China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is part of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC). Incorporated in 2006, CCCC is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and currently employs over 110,000 employees, with presence in 135 countries and regions. CCCC is the world leader in port design and construction, road and bridge design and construction, dredging, and container crane and heavy machinery manufacturing. In addition, CCCC is also vastly experienced in building construction and is a major real estate investor and developer.

For the financial year ending December 2015, CCCC recorded a revenue of US$ 67.7 billion with total assets of US$ 140 billion. CCCC was ranked 110th among Fortune 500 companies in 2016 and ranked third on ENR’s Top International Contractors in 2016. Among the illustrious accomplishments, CCCC is proud that we designed five out of 10 of the world’s largest container terminals and cross-sea bridges. CCCC has been actively involved with the development of Sri Lanka since 1998, executing massive construction projects, such as the Southern Highway, Outer Circular Highway, Hambantota Port, Mattala International Airport, Colombo South Container Terminal and many other major infrastructure projects.

Colombo Master Plan design by SOM

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Mar 8, 2017

SOM – Recent Designs

United States Courthouse, Los Angeles, CA, USA

United States Courthouse Los Angeles by SOM Architects

This new federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles designed by SOM “conveys a strong civic presence rooted in classic principles, and features an innovative structural engineering concept that allows the cubic volume to “float” over a stone base while being one of the nation’s safest buildings”, according to the architects.

United States Courthouse Los Angeles by SOM Architects

Location: Los Angeles, California
Project Completion: 2016
Site Area: 31,560 ft2
Project Area: 633,000 ft2
Number of Stories: 10
Building Height: 220 ft
Market: Civic + Government
Service: Architecture, Graphics + Branding, Interior Design, Structural + Civil Engineering

Images courtesy of architects © SOM

Dec 15, 2016
Manhattan Loft Gardens in Stratford
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Manhattan Loft Gardens in Stratford
image courtesy of architects

Manhattan Loft Gardens in Stratford Building by SOM
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is being urged to halt the construction of a skyscraper because it mars a centuries-old view of St Paul’s Cathedral, reports The Guardian. Conservationists are calling on the London mayor to take action against a 42-storey tower in Stratford, east London, which they say damages the view of Sir Christopher Wren’s landmark from King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park.

3D-printed Polymer Building
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) architects with Oak Ridge National Laboratory
3D-printed structure by SOM
image by architects

3D-printed Building by SOM – 1 Feb 2016
Architecture practice SOM has created a 3D-printed structure that generates its own power and shares energy with a companion vehicle, providing a model for off-grid living.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) worked with the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the curved pavilion. The architects claim the pavilion is the world’s largest 3D-printed polymer structure. A closed-loop battery system links it with a vehicle designed by Oak Ridge, which was made using the same technology.

Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012 shortlisted – 17 Sep 2013

Pearl River Tower, China
Pearl River Tower
photo SOM © Si-ye Zhang

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza, China
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza
photo SOM © Si-ye Zhang

Mayor Bloomberg Highlights SOM’s University Center at The New School as a Model of Active Design
The New School New York City
image from architect
University Center at The New School – 22 + 19 Jul 2013
The City of New York unveiled its active design initiative and chose the University Center at The New School as the backdrop. SOM’s design for the new building focuses on stairs rather than elevators as the principal means of vertical transportation, and the program is organized to encourage walking between destinations. The University Center at The New School will open in January 2014.

MIPIM Archite
ctural Review Future Project Awards Winners

Breathing Tower building, China – by SOM – wins
Breathing Tower
image from architect
MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards – 4 Feb 2013
Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s ‘Breathing Tower’, a landmark 75 story building in Wujiang, China, has been awarded both the coveted Overall Winner prize and the Tall Buildings category accolade, in the eleventh annual MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards competition.

Emporis Skyscraper Award
Kuwait City Tower
image © Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Emporis Skyscraper Award – 6 Dec 2012

#2 Al Hamra Tower (Kuwait)
Points: 23
Height: 1,351.71 ft
Floors: 80
Location: Kuwait City
Architect: Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP

#10 Tianjin Global Financial Center (China)
Points: 11
Height: 1,105.31 ft
Floors: 72
Location: Tianjin
Architect: Skidmore, Owings And Merrill LLP

18 Oct 2012
US Air Force Academy CCLD, Colorado, USA
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
CCLD US Air Force Academy
picture © SOM

US Air Force Academy CCLD
The Center for Character and Leadership Development is a new building on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy. It is the first new building since 1981 to be erected on the the central square of the campus, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings And Merrill in 1954.

1 Jun 2012
Diagonal Tower, Seoul, South Korea
Diagonal Tower Building
image © SOM/Crystal CG
Diagonal Tower
A case study in efficiency, SOM’s design of the 343-meter (1,125-foot) tall Diagonal Tower successfully integrates massing, structure, and performance to minimize wind loads, reduce construction costs, provide dramatic views, and meet strict energy codes – all while maintaining an iconic skyline presence.

17 Jan 2012
SOM Chicago Wins Competition to Design the Greenland Group Suzhou Center
Greenland Group Suzhou Center
image © SOM | MIR
Greenland Group Suzhou Center
The Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP has won an international competition to design the Greenland Group Suzhou Center, in Wujiang, China. The 358-meter supertall tower will become the defining visual landmark for both the new Wujiang lakefront development and for the city as a whole.

Golden Hills Danang, Vietnam – 5 May 2011
Golden Hills Danang
picture : SOM

FTP City Danang, Vietnam – 3 Mar 2011
FTP City Vietnam
picture : SOM

China World Trade Tower, Beijing, China – 31 Aug 2010
China World Trade Tower
photo : SOM, architects

JTI headquarters Geneva, Switzerland – 10 May 2010
JTI headquarters Geneva
photo : SOM, architects

Virginia Beach Convention Center, USA
Virginia Beach Convention Center
photo : SOM, architects

Bill Baker, SOM – American Society of Civil Engineers Award

Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China : SOM
Pearl River Tower
photo : SOM

Key Projects by Skidmore Owings Merrill

Major Buildings by SOM, alphabetical:

AHF Tower – Al Hamra Firdous Tower project, Kuwait city, Kuwait
2007-
MIPIM/Architectural Review “Future Project” Award 2008

Al Hamra & Firdous tower, Kuwait City
2008-
Al Hamra tower
image : SOM
Al Hamra tower

Al Rajhi Bank Headquarters, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2007-

Al Sharq Tower, Sheik Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE
2007-
360m high, 100 storeys
Dubai Buildings

AMP Tower, Melbourne, Australia

Docomomo Australia is lobbying for the protection of AMP Tower by SOM Architects

Arrowhead development – twin towers, Canary Wharf, England, UK
2007-
Arrowhead London
image : SOM © Miller Hare Limited
Arrowhead London

Arts Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
1992
Bruce Graham of Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects (SOM Architects)
Arts Hotel Barcelona
photo © Adrian Welch
Arts Hotel Barcelona

Beijing CBD Eastern Expansion, Beijing, China
2010-
Beijing CBD Eastern Expansion
picture : SOM
Beijing CBD

Beinecke Library, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1963

201 Bishopsgate & The Broadgate Tower, Liverpool Street, London, UK
2008
Broadgate Tower
photo © adrian welch
Broadgate Tower : 3rd tallest building in City of London

Bridging the Rift Research facility, Wadi Araba, Jordan
2007-

Broadgate, City of London, UK
1984-91
Arup Associates with Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Broadgate London
photo © adrian welch

Broadgate London

Broadgate West II, Hackney, east London, UK
2003
13 storeys, 55m high

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
2006-10
Burj Dubai Tower
photo from Emaar
Burj Khalifa : the tallest building in world – former Burj Dubai

5 Canada Square Building, London, England, UK
2003
Diago5 Canada Square London
photo : SOM
5 Canada Square London

Dawangjing District Masterplan, Beijing, China
2010-
Dawangjing Beijing
image : SOM and Crystal
Dawangjing District Masterplan

Digital Media City Landmark Tower, Seoul, Korea
2009-
Digital Media City Landmark Tower
image : SOM
Digital Media City Landmark Tower

ENERGY +, Paris, France
2008-
ENERGY + Paris
image : pmBdesign
ENERGY + Paris

Freedom Tower – Site of World Trade Center, Ground Zero, Lower Manhattan, USA
2004-
David Childs of SOM Architects
Freedom Tower

Harvard University Northwest Science Building, Massachusetts, USA
2010
Harvard University Building
photograph courtesy of SOM © ESTO/Anton Grassl
Harvard University Northwest Science Building

Heinz Offices + Laboratory, Hayes Park, Uxbridge Road, Hayes, Middlesex

Grade II* listed, 1985

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
1988
Marshall Strabala of Skidmore Owings Merrill LLP
Hong Kong Convention Centre
picture : SOM
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Infinity Tower, Dubai, UAE
2006-
80 storeys, 330m high

Inland Steel Building, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1958

Jin Mao Tower, Pudong, Shanghai, China
1998
Jin Mao Tower
photo © Dennis Remmelzwaal
Jin Mao Tower : tallest building in China

John Hancock Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1970
John Hancock Center
photograph : Royce Douglas
John Hancock Center

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA
2007-

JP Morgan Chase, 270 Park Avenue, New York, USA
1957-60
215m high

King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia
-2020
King Abdullah Economic City
image : SOM
King Abdullah Economic City

Leamouth tower, east London, UK
2008-
For Ballymore Properties: School on lower 6 floors + arts centre, leisure centre, retail + restaurants; residential above

Learning Centre, Upper School, Greenwich Academy, Connecticut, USA
2004

Lever Building, New York City, USA
1952
Lever Building

The LG Kangnam Building, Seoul, South Korea
1997
LG Kangnam Building
photograph : SOM
LG Kangnam Building : Development at LG Group corporate headquarters

Lotte Super tower, Seoul, Korea
2007-

Ludgate West, City of London, London, UK
1992
1 Ludgate Place; 10 Ludgate Place; 100 Ludgate Hill

Manhattanville redevelopment plan, Columbia University, New York, USA
2007
Renzo Piano Building Workshop with SOM
Columbia University
image from RPBW

Columbia University New York Buildings

Nanjing Greenland Financial Center, China
-2009
Nanjing Greenland Financial Center
picture : SOM
Nanjing Greenland Financial Center

New Providence Wharf, Isle of Dogs, east London, England
2004
Residential crescent-shaped building on Thames
58m high, 19 storeys

One Chase Manhattan Plaza (Chase Manhattan Bank), New York, USA
1960
Gordon Bunschaft / Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Ontario Tower, New Providence Wharf site, Isle of Dogs, east London, UK
2007
Residential tower
106m high, 31 storeys

Pan Peninsula : Ballymore development, Leamouth Pennisula, London, UK
2007-
Pan Peninsula London
image from TTA Group
Pan Peninsula London

Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative, Houston, Texas, USA
2009
Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative

Rolex Tower, Dubai, UAE
2009
63 storeys

Sears Tower, Chicago, USA
1973
Chicago Skyscrapers
photo courtesy of Jan Klerks
Sears Tower

Stockley Park – Buildings B9, B10 & B11, Heathrow, Middlesex, UK

Time Warner Center, New York, USA
2004
Time Warner Center
photo © Andrew McRae
Time Warner Center

Toronto Lester Pearson International Airport expansion, Toronto, Canada
2007-10
Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc with Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Adamson Architects

The Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2009
Architect: Adrian Smith, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Trump Tower Chicago

9 West 57th Street, New York, USA
1974
Gordon Bunschaft of Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects
9 West 57th Street
picture © Andrew McRae
9 West 57th Street
aka Solow Building – 49 storeys, 672 ft high – concave vertical slope for lighting
Similar to W. R. Grace Building because the initial, rejected façade design for the 9 West 57th Street Building was used in the design for the W. R. Grace Building

World Trade Centre Towers : WTC7 New York, USA
WTC7 New York
photo © Andrew McRae
World Trade Centre Towers

W.R. Grace Building, 1114 Sixth Ave, Manhattan, USA
1974
Bowing façade due to light regulations, rather than the more normal rectilinear stepbacks

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Former SOM designer : Marshall Strabala

Gordon Bunschaft (+ Oscar Niemeyer) : Pritzker Prize Winners 1988

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