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skidmoreowingsmerrill A facade of aluminum and bronze-tinted glass sheaths 45 Fremont Street, an office tower completed in 1978 in San Francisco’s South Financial District. Where the 34-story building meets the street, its wide column bays create an open gallery at the building’s entrance. An adjacent landscaped plaza contributes to an inviting pedestrian environment at the tower’s base. Photo © Bob Hollingsworth #Architecture #Design #SanFrancisco #California #ThrowbackThursday #TBT
skidmoreowingsmerrill See more of the new United States Courthouse in Los Angeles, recently announced as one of two SOM-designed projects to win a 2018 Institute Honor Award from @aianational. The courthouse employs an innovative structural engineering concept that cantilevers the main glass volume above its stone base. Sustainable design features include a rooftop photovoltaic array and a pleated glass facade that maximizes natural daylight while minimizing negative solar impact. In naming it a winner in the Architecture category, the AIA jury called the building “an iconic image for a 21st-century courthouse.” Photos © Bruce Damonte | @brucedamonte #Architecture #Design #Courthouse #LosAngeles #AIA
skidmoreowingsmerrill The Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters brings nearly 8,000 employees together in one location. The 50-story tower, clad in a sweeping glass curtain, twists as it rises and serves as a focal point for the neighborhood. At its apex, a lattice crowns an open-air observation area and rooftop garden. Photo © Archexist #Architecture #Design #Tower #Ningbo #China
skidmoreowingsmerrill Connecting six floors, this staircase is a central feature of the Samsung Research America campus in Mountain View, California. Eucalyptus wood brings subdued natural colors into the glass-enclosed stairwell while open, communal gathering spaces on each floor support collaboration across the organization. Daylit workspaces with views of the Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains enhance the inspiring work environment. Photo © Bruce Damonte #Architecture #Design #InteriorDesign #MountainView #Samsung
skidmoreowingsmerrill The Emhart Manufacturing Company’s Research and Administration Building in Bloomfield, Connecticut had a profound influence on modern architecture. Raised on concrete pillars to provide a view of its 100-acre site, the building expressed a new relationship between the workplace and the landscape. Neither the company nor the building—Gordon Bunshaft’s first experiment with poured concrete—remain today, but its shape and place within its surroundings resonated with legendary architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable. Shortly after its completion in 1963, Huxtable referred to the building as a “perfectly scaled shape, pattern and proportion, related to the superb topography with extraordinary sensibility.” Photo © Ezra Stoller Associates Inc. #Architecture #Design #TBT #Concrete #Connecticut
skidmoreowingsmerrill @erkitekt stopped by the Beijing Greenland Center on a recent trip away from our Chicago office, his home base as Design Director for SOM. The facade of the 55-story tower, inspired by the bas-relief carving technique, is composed of trapezoidal modules that function as prisms, catching daylight and refracting it to create an interplay of light and shadow. #Architecture #Design #Beijing #China #Regram #OutofOffice
skidmoreowingsmerrill The main entrance of the San Diego Central Courthouse features a 48-foot atrium of precast concrete and glass. Aligned along the front of the building, 19 parallel windows bring natural light into the lobby. Up the 14 steps from street level is the California State Seal, carved into the concrete outside the doorway by artist and California native Tony Sheets. The 704,000 square-foot building consolidates the criminal trial, family, and civil courts of San Diego into one courthouse. Photo © Bruce Damonte #Architecture #Design #CivicArchitecture #SanDiego #Courthouse
skidmoreowingsmerrill This paper model of One Chase Manhattan Plaza—today known as 28 Liberty—is the latest in an impressive series by @timhpictures. The 60-story skyscraper, completed in 1964, resulted from the forward-looking vision of David Rockefeller, who backed the construction of the first International Style building in Lower Manhattan. At the time of its completion, the tower's rectilinear shape stood in stark contrast to the older spires of downtown, and its expansive plaza provided much-needed open space in the area. #Architecture #Design #NewYorkCity #ArchModelMonday #Regram
skidmoreowingsmerrill Reflecting its location in a region known as a center of gemstone and textile design and production, the Park Hyderabad hotel—the first hotel in India to receive LEED Gold certification—infuses a modern, sustainable design with local craft traditions. On its facade, perforated and embossed metal screens over a high performance glazing system provide privacy for the hotel’s guest rooms while allowing diffused daylight to enter the shared interior spaces. Photo © Pallon Daruwala #Architecture #Design #Hyderabad #India #Hotel
skidmoreowingsmerrill The Picasso sculpture in Chicago’s Daley Center plaza—captured here by @yvettemaxine—wants to know: have you submitted your photos to our #SOMinChicago contest yet? In the 1960s, SOM’s William Hartmann, on behalf of the team of architects behind the Daley Center, approached Picasso to design the monumental sculpture for its grand plaza. Dedicated in 1967, the sculpture continues to stand as a celebrated work of public art. If you have shots of the Picasso sculpture, the Daley Center, or other SOM projects in Chicago, now’s the time to submit them to our contest, and to check out the @chicagoarchitecturebiennial, before both close on January 7. For details on the contest, visit the link in our profile. #Architecture #Design #PhotoContest #ChicagoBiennial #MakeNewHistory #Regram
skidmoreowingsmerrill Envisioned as a bridge between academia and industry, the Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) is the centerpiece of our master plan for @uconn’s Technology Park. As the first facility in the new park, IPB provides a place for blue chip companies and startups alike to collaborate with UConn faculty and students on advanced product development, biomedical engineering, and advanced information systems. Its strong concrete and metal-clad forms extend into the landscape, creating a striking contrast with its bucolic setting. Photo © Magda Biernat | @MagdaBiernat #Architecture #Design #University #UConn #Science
skidmoreowingsmerrill Happy New Year from SOM! This video shows the @burjkhalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, when the calendar hit 2018. Every New Year’s Eve, the Burj lights up the Dubai night with a spectacular display. The facade is illuminated with a massive LED light and laser show, and fireworks are launched from all around the 162-story tower and from the Dubai Fountain below. Video © @burjkhalifa #Architecture #Design #2018 #HappyNewYear #BurjKhalifa #Dubai
skidmoreowingsmerrill @jefferycjohnsonphotography submitted this shot of the Brunswick Building for #SOMinChicago, a photo contest celebrating the @ChicagoArchitectureBiennial. Completed in 1965, the 35-story building represents an early collaboration between three men who came to be recognized as key players in the evolution of Chicago's skyline: Myron Goldsmith, Bruce Graham, and Fazlur Khan. There’s just one more week to get your photos in before the contest deadline. Visit the link in our profile for details. #Architecture #Design #PhotoContest #ChicagoBiennial #MakeNewHistory
skidmoreowingsmerrill Built in 1905, the U.S. Court of Appeals survived the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but not without significant damage. We designed a seismic retrofit to help protect the structure from future calamities. Incorporating an innovative friction pendulum base-isolation system, we raised each of the building’s existing columns onto steel disks. Completed in 1996, the project also provided the opportunity to refurbish the historic Beaux-Arts building’s courtrooms, chambers, and other interior spaces. Photo © Abby Sadin #Architecture #InteriorDesign #SanFrancisco #Courthouse #ThrowbackThursday
skidmoreowingsmerrill @rafteryandlowe caught the crane in action at London’s @manhattanloftgardens. On track for a 2018 completion, the 42-story tower will contain more than 200 residential units along with a 150-room hotel. The building incorporates a host of sustainable strategies, including a serrated facade of glass and terracotta designed to minimize solar heat gain. #Architecture #SustainableDesign #ManhattanLoftGardens #London #Cinemagraph
skidmoreowingsmerrill Beijing’s Poly International Plaza comprises a main tower and two smaller buildings. The footprint on which the complex is set allows the landscape of surrounding parks to continue seamlessly through the project site, freeing the buildings from the more rigid geometry of the adjoining urban fabric. The landscaping covers garage ramps and egress stairs, minimizing their visual impact while creating a tranquil setting with pedestrian paths. Photo © Bruce Damonte #Architecture #Design #Beijing #PolyInternationaPlaza #Skyscraper
skidmoreowingsmerrill Every year, our model shop in New York decks the halls with a seasonal display. As we head into a long weekend, here’s wishing you all a happy holiday! #Model #Display #HappyHolidays
skidmoreowingsmerrill This photo by @hagenscutt shows the limestone and glass facade of 35 Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side. Currently under construction, 35 Hudson Yards is part of the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States since Rockefeller Center. The first of a series of setbacks and terraces on the mixed use, 1.1 million-square-foot tower can also be seen here. The building is on pace for a 2019 completion. #Architecture #Design #HudsonYards #Manhattan #NYC #Regram
skidmoreowingsmerrill 111 Main is located in the heart of Salt Lake City’s financial district. A steel hat truss at the top of the office building suspends the structure, allowing the adjacent @EcclesTheater to essentially rest underneath the building’s south side. Together, 111 Main’s glass fin facade, which reflects changing light conditions throughout the day, and the translucent glass veil surrounding the structural system atop the building—visible in the daylight and backlit at night—brings a luminosity to the skyline of the Utah city. Photo © Cesar Rubio #Architecture #Design #SaltLakeCity #Utah #111Main
skidmoreowingsmerrill As an architectural and engineering solution comes into focus, naming a structural system can help clarify the team’s thinking. Articulating the system in everyday language—sometimes as concise as two words, a noun plus an adjective—can elicit the clarity needed to create an elegantly resolved design. These models, part of our special exhibition presented with @ManaContemporaryChicago and the @ChicagoArchitectureBiennial, show the structural systems used in various high-rise buildings. Visit our website for exhibition details. Link in profile. Photo © Chune Yen Chou #Architecture #Engineering #ChicagoBiennial #Exhibition #ArchModelMonday #MakeNewHistory
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