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skidmoreowingsmerrill A double-height office lobby welcomes visitors to Tower 535. Located in the heart of Hong Kong, the building includes a mix of retail, entertainment, and dining venues as well as commercial and office space. Rich materials including walnut, travertine, and textured bronze reflect the sophisticated craftsmanship throughout. Photo © William Furniss #Architecture #Design #Interiors #HongKong #China
skidmoreowingsmerrill For the Winnebago Children’s Home in Neillsville, Wisconsin, SOM architect Walter Netsch designed a group of cottages that opened in 1971. The buildings reflect the architect’s distinctive approach to design and a system he established known as field theory—a versatile, geometric process for generating structures uniquely suited to their purposes and environments. The main ordering systems in field theory are the combination of right angle (orthogonal) and angular (diagonal) patterns, and are most often defined by a rotated square. These patterns ultimately guide the final design. Photo © Orlando R. Cabanban #Architecture #Design #Wisconsin #ThrowbackThursday #FieldTheory
skidmoreowingsmerrill The Center for Character & Leadership Development (CCLD) allowed us to revisit the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, a campus that we originally master planned in the 1950s. Pointing toward Polaris, CCLD’s 105-foot-tall skylight was designed to serve as a symbolic navigation aid and as a reminder of the Academy’s guiding values. The structure’s diagonal steel plates, composed in a triangular grid, resist lateral forces from wind while bringing light to the rooms below. Photo © MagdaBiernat | @magdabiernat #Architecture #Design #CampusDesign #Colorado #Skylight
skidmoreowingsmerrill On the eastern edge of Paris, a new neighborhood is taking shape: As part of the #GrandParis plan, the new Charenton-Bercy District will help reconnect central Paris with its suburbs. The master plan proposes a sustainable urban neighborhood, including a 180-meter-tall, net-zero-energy tower, as well as a timber-framed circular building that forms the heart of a new digital hub. SOM is thrilled to be a part of this transformative project for Grand Paris Aménagement and Charenton-le-Pont, led by Bouygues Immobilier UrbanEra, together with @ateliers234, AREP Group, and Le Grand Reservoir. Visit the link in our bio to learn more. Image © SOM | Luxigon #UrbanPlanning #Design #Architecture #Paris #NetZeroEnergy #Sustainability #Inventonslamétropole #Charenton
skidmoreowingsmerrill To mark the release of our newest #SOMThinkers volume, The Future of Public Space, we asked our model shop to turn the book into . . . a public space! We're also calling on the virtual public square to celebrate and build on the book’s provocative speculations. On Tuesday, March 13th at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, follow #SOMThinkers on Twitter for a chat with Future of Public Space contributors Allison Arieff, Michelle Nijhuis, Christopher DeWolf, and Rachel Monroe. These leading voices will discuss climate change, surveillance, sensory heritage, and other issues shaping the public realm of today and tomorrow. #Architecture #Design #PublicSpace
skidmoreowingsmerrill The Godrej BKC complex provides more than just state-of-the-art office space—it enriches the cityscape in Mumbai’s financial district. Designed collaboratively with @gpldesignstudio, a series of inviting public spaces surround the building, including arcades, elevated terraces, and open-air plazas. A large sculpture in the front plaza by @subodhguptastudio continues a long tradition of incorporating public art into our projects. Photo © Magda Biernat | @magdabiernat #Architecture #Design #Mumbai #India #PublicArt #subodhgupta
skidmoreowingsmerrill Running the length of a city block, the portico of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco provides a pedestrian passageway in the city’s financial district and a distinctive entry for the bank. The building was designed by SOM’s Edward Charles Bassett and completed in 1982. Photo © Timothy Hursley #Architecture #Design #SanFrancisco #California #ThrowbackThursday
skidmoreowingsmerrill Rising from a bustling intersection, Zifeng Tower—shot here by @timgriffithphoto—offers sweeping views of the surrounding city of Nanjing. The stepped form of the 89-story triangular building indicates its manifold uses: the lower portion of the building contains office and retail space, with a hotel, restaurant, and public observatory in the upper levels. Bold horizontal and vertical notches help mitigate the tower’s scale, while subtly canted window frames give the aluminum-and-glass curtain wall a faceted texture. #Architecture #Design #Nanjing #China #Regram
skidmoreowingsmerrill @2_10am captured the ceiling of Hong Kong International Airport while en route through Terminal 2. On the undulating surface, texture and light interact to evoke shimmering waves. The ceiling’s design continues outside the terminal to SkyPlaza, where passengers find restaurants, shops, and other amenities. #Architecture #Design #HongKong #Airport #Regram
skidmoreowingsmerrill Shown here in model form, Marriott Hall became the newest addition to the century-old St. Albans School in 2009. Located in Washington, D.C., on the grounds of the National Cathedral, the hall creates a cohesive link with not only the school’s existing buildings, but also with the historic surrounding landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. It provides additional classrooms, faculty offices, and social spaces at the heart of the campus. #Architecture #Design #WashingtonDC #School #ArchModelMonday
skidmoreowingsmerrill The San Diego skyline gained a new landmark last year: the 25-story San Diego Central Courthouse. Built on a brownfield site, the high-rise courthouse anchors an emerging downtown government district in the Southern California city. With a facade of precast concrete and a fritted glass curtain wall, the building brings San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts together under one roof. Photo © Bruce Damonte | @brucedamonte #Architecture #Design #Courthouse #SanDiego #California
skidmoreowingsmerrill @garethpon created this stunning cinemagraph of Willis Tower’s Skydeck Ledge. With the sun glimmering onto the black aluminum and bronze-tinted glass facade, this image captures one of the tallest points in Chicago—103 floors up. Since its completion in 1973, when it became the world’s tallest building, Willis Tower has been an icon for the city and a center of activity in Chicago’s Loop. #Architecture #Design #Chicago #ThrowbackThursday #Regram
skidmoreowingsmerrill What will the future of surveillance in cities look like? Acclaimed journalist Rachel Monroe suggests that the answer to this question may lie far beyond the urban center. Writing about her experiences in Marfa, Texas, Monroe reveals the true breadth of technological surveillance in an essay penned for The Future of Public Space. To @raaachmonroe, “ . . . the free and open West, the rough terrain that symbolizes rugged individualism and American self-invention, may actually be the most closely watched territory per capita in the country.” The book is the second volume of SOM Thinkers, a series that poses provocative questions about design and architecture from perspectives outside the profession. To read Monroe’s essay, visit the link in our profile. Photo by Donna Burton, taken for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. #SOMThinkers #Design #Architecture #PublicSpace
skidmoreowingsmerrill This detail shot offers a glimpse of the structural engineering at work at 111 Main, an office tower in downtown Salt Lake City. A sophisticated hinge system supports 35-foot-tall walls of ultra-clear structural glass that enclose the lobby, while mitigating seismic movement. The system allows the lobby to become a crystalline interior space, visually connected to the city outside. Photo © Paul Richter #Architecture #StructuralEngineering #SaltLakeCity #Utah
skidmoreowingsmerrill This model shows the bold, geometric forms of the National Commercial Bank headquarters in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. Designed by Gordon Bunshaft and competed in 1983, the project is a compelling example of high-rise design for the desert climate. Oriented inward, each of the tower’s V-shaped floors is shielded from direct sun and wind. A central atrium allows accumulated heat to rise out of the building. Photo © Ezra-Stoller | ESTO #Architecture #Design #Jeddah #ArchModelMonday
skidmoreowingsmerrill The Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) at @uconn is a collaborative science and engineering facility designed to serve both academia and industry. As the first completed building in our master plan for the university’s new Technology Park, its bold, concrete and metal structure helps establish a strong identity for the Park, entirely distinct from the more traditional red brick aesthetic of the main UConn campus next door. Photo © Magda Biernat | @magdabiernat #Architecture #CampusDesign #UConn #Connectictut
skidmoreowingsmerrill Completed in 1965, Macy’s Rego Park provided state-of-the-art convenience and amenities for shoppers in the New York City borough of Queens. With two double-helical ramps, shown here, the building was perfectly suited to midcentury car culture: customers arriving by automobile could access six levels of parking connected to the main shopping area—a cylindrical building measuring 426 feet in diameter. Known today as the Queens Place Mall, the reinforced concrete complex remains a popular destination on Queens Boulevard. Photo © Ezra Stoller Associates, Inc. #Architecture #Design #Queens #Queenscapes #ThrowbackThursday
skidmoreowingsmerrill With an elliptical facade layered with sunscreen fins, fritted glass, and metal spandrel panels, the Agile Corporation Headquarters Tower reflects light conditions throughout the day. Located in Guangzhou, the tower is designed to withstand the city’s subtropical climate. Its high performance curtain wall system reduces energy use by balancing solar gain and stabilizing cooling needs. Photo © Tim Griffith | @timgriffithphoto #Architecture #Design #Guangzhou #China #Facade
skidmoreowingsmerrill The @sfchronicle captured this detail shot of the sculptural roof canopy of the Moscone Center in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. The @moscone_expansion, designed in association with @markcavagneroassociates, seeks to bring a luminous, welcoming feel to the civic space. The project is on track for completion this summer. #Architecture #Design #SanFrancisco #California #MosconeCenter #Regram
skidmoreowingsmerrill @timhpictures built these paper models of three SOM-designed towers in Chicago. At the left is Willis Tower. The 1450-foot skyscraper became the world’s tallest building upon its completion in 1974; it remains the tallest in Chicago to this day. In the center is 401 North Wabash, Chicago’s second tallest structure at 1338 feet. On the right is the iconic 100-story tower named, until last week, the John Hancock Center. The building will undergo a name change—in the meantime, it will be officially known by its address: 875 North Michigan Avenue. #Architecture #Design #Chicago #ArchModelMonday #Regram
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