Archinect - News 2014-11-22T10:28:41-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/102177825/som-and-entasis-chosen-to-design-scandinavia-s-tallest-tower-in-gothenburg-sweden SOM and Entasis chosen to design Scandinavia’s tallest tower in Gothenburg, Sweden Justine Testado 2014-06-18T16:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T01:42:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvvfk4ep32qs2zwu.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London office of SOM and Copenhagen-based firm Entasis -- who collaborated with COWI in Denmark and Sweden -- was just announced as having the winning design for the Polestar Tower in Gothenburg, Sweden. Once built, the 230 m. structure will reportedly be Scandinavia's tallest tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100587198/finalists-announced-for-scandinavia-s-tallest-skyscraper-in-gothenburg-sweden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last update</a> on the Gothenburg tower competition, five star-studded finalist teams submitted their proposals under anonymity. SOM and Entasis went against teams led by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ian Simpson Architects, Wing&aring;rdhs Arkitektkontor, and Manuelle Gautrand Architecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ok/ok8oatcqurf9bgnr.jpg"></p><p>"Commissioned by major contractor SERNEKE and the City of Gothenburg, this inspirational new residential scheme includes Sweden&rsquo;s tallest building, marking a shift from traditional development patterns in the country. Drawing on their experience as designers of 6 of the world&rsquo;s fifteen tallest buildings, SOM&rsquo;s design is highly efficient, both in terms of floor space and energy use, while still including apartments with views focused on the city and waterfront."</p><p>Read more about the design on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/som_and_entasis_chosen_to_design_scandinavias_tallest_tower_in_gothenburg_s/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91686283/construction-of-new-nato-headquarters-in-brussel-overbudget Construction of New NATO Headquarters in Brussel Overbudget Alexander Walter 2014-01-20T14:35:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T15:41:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/12484524017e75a9cb60f916eb6aa9fb.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NATO is building a new headquarters for one billion euros. But the construction consortium is in financial difficulties and the project is at risk of being halted.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Watch a 2008 video interview below with lead architect Jo Palma of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill discussing the ideas behind the design of the building.</p> <p> More European key projects in dire financial troubles:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86067568/ecb-headquarters-skyrocketing-costs-for-skyscraper-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ECB Headquarters: Skyrocketing Costs for Skyscraper Project</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75452818/starchitect-trio-the-men-behind-germany-s-building-debacles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/91157264/som-designed-mumbai-airport-terminal-2-celebrates-its-inauguration SOM-designed Mumbai Airport Terminal 2 celebrates its inauguration Justine Testado 2014-01-13T18:34:00-05:00 >2014-01-14T00:39:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3djflqv5b84fe721.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Chhatrapatri Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 designed by <a href="http://WWW.SOM.COM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings, &amp; Merrill</a> celebrated its opening late last week in Mumbai. India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, along with visiting dignitaries and representatives from the developer GVK, inaugurated the new terminal. The structure's design combines domestic and international services, reduces passenger walking distances, and adds 4.4 million square feet to accommodate the airport's 40 million passengers a year.<br><br> Here's some more details on the project:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l71y44j2fv9ou9hv.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Inspired by the form of traditional Indian pavilions, the four-story terminal stacks a grand "headhouse," or central processing podium, on top of highly adaptable and modular concourses below. Rather than compartmentalizing terminal functions, three symmetrical concourses radiate outwards from a central processing core and are therefore easily reconfigured to "swing" between serving domestic flights or international flights.<br><br> All international and domestic ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80403315/editor-s-picks-330 Editor's Picks #330 Nam Henderson 2013-08-27T13:16:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T08:12:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld5gse2br9i1e0q1.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong> feature, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/80085213/student-works-building-soft-takes-on-the-l-a-river-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Soft takes on the L.A. River's infrastructure</a>,&nbsp;students from SWA&rsquo;s Summer Student Program presented projects such as; <em>Topo-Infrastructure for Health</em>, <em>Stairway to the Hill</em>, or <em>Performative Punk Playground</em>.</p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> posted&nbsp;some information re:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79843738/la-federal-courthouse-under-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the new federal courthouse, by SOM, that will be located at the corner of First St. and Broadway in Downtown LA</a>.&nbsp;In an interview with the LA Times architect Craig Hartman explained "<em>The goal for us is to not make that security visually obtrusive, so you have a sense of openness and a generosity of public spirit</em>".</p> <p> <strong>sameolddoctor</strong> quipped "<em>This is great, we are back to the late 70s</em>"&nbsp;while first-time commentator <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/32343702/lesley-castle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lesley Castle</a>&nbsp;chimed in "<em>Not a fan from the looks of this.&nbsp; Could be better</em>".</p> <p> KCRW&rsquo;s Frances Anderton spoke with Raphael Sperry, Beverly Prior and Joe Day to answer <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79933910/should-architects-design-for-solitary-confinement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should Architects Design for Solitary Confinement?</a>&nbsp;Archinector <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/66765438/christine-pierron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christine Pierron</a>&nbsp;took a principled ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80010418/spirit-of-space-presents-art-in-the-city-a-short-film-honoring-chicago-s-public-art Spirit of Space presents "Art in the City", a short film honoring Chicago's public art Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-21T20:26:00-04:00 >2013-08-28T03:14:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1raf1szf04fyrx2.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The success of a public work of art is measured not merely by aesthetics, but rather, by its magnetic qualities that inspire interaction. The art is a reflection of the City, the art becomes a part of the City, the art is instrumental in making the City.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Acting as poetic translators between cities and their citizens, the creative agency&nbsp;<a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>&nbsp;uses digital media to showcase humanity's built environment, consequently enhancing the citizen's self-awareness and appreciation of architectural space. Their film for Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, entitled <em>Art in the City</em>, visits a selection of public art installations in Chicago, presenting the structures within an engaged society, with quotations from their creators superimposed on the footage.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3hshpc8o3bnaox4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Art in the City</em>'s perspective contextualizes the art as truly part of its city, rather than tightly framing it as an isolated portrait. While not an explicit critique of the public art, the film and featured quotations are bold strokes, meant to inspire dialogue and enthused interaction, but not push a specific argument. In line with Spirit of Space's agenda, the film provokes questions of public art's purpose, civic relationship, and whether it "succeeds". Inherent to these questions ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79843738/la-federal-courthouse-under-construction LA Federal Courthouse under construction Justine Testado 2013-08-19T18:07:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T18:21:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fdp89gb36z7fz959.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63275169/skidmore-owings-merrill-to-design-federal-courthouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we first announced</a> that <a href="https://www.som.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> was chosen to design the new federal courthouse in Downtown LA, construction for the new cubic courthouse at the corner of First Street and Broadway began on August 8.</p> <p> The approx. 600,000 square-foot building was proposed back in 2001 and approved by Congress for $400 million, but the project came to a halt in 2006 when the Government Accountability Office found that costs had tripled due to delays and design changes. The new $319 million courthouse -- designed by SOM in partnership with <a href="http://www.clarkconstruction.com/releases/entry/6133/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clark Construction</a> -- will be an addition to the revived Civic Center area, as reported by <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-property-report-20130801,0,517468.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the LA Times</a>.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r6/r69w2rfvbx38emq0.jpg" title=""><br><br> Aiming for LEED Platinum, the serrated fa&ccedil;ade of the "Cube" is designed to achieve a north/south orientation to maximize views while reducing solar heat gain by 47%. The building has water and electricity conservation strategies and a 400 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic array. Part of the courthouse's design is to appear floating over its...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75507676/cayan-tower-world-s-highest-twisted-tower-opens-in-dubai Cayan Tower, world's highest twisted tower, opens in Dubai Archinect 2013-06-18T11:26:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T11:26:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gv/gvvsma8g1fbw4jmq.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai ceremony marks inauguration of world's highest twisted tower. Saudi developer Cayan inaugurated late Monday the opening of the 73-story, one-thousand-and-seventeen-foot (310-meter) tall Cayan Tower in Dubai's prestigious Marina district.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Inspired by the structure of human DNA, each floor of the 272-million-U.S.-dollar (1 billion-Dirham) tower is rotated by one-point-two degrees to achieve the full 90-degree spiral, creating the shape of a helix.</p> <p> Dignitaries from diplomatic corps and Corporate Dubai joined the celebrations which closed in a gigantic fireworks display across Dubai's new tower and the Marina night-skyline.</p> <p> The emirate of Dubai also harbors the world's tallest hotel, the near one-thousand-two-hundred- foot (354.7-meter) tall J.W. Marriott Marquis.</p> <p> There's also the world's tallest residential tower, the Princess Tower reaching over one-thousand-three-hundred-feet (414 meters), a five-minute walk away from the twisted tower.</p> <p> Cayan Projects, estimated to be worth around 2.7 billion dollars (10-billion Saudi riyal) cover a wide spectrum of developments from exclusive residential to commercial projects.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74511379/som-releases-timber-tower-research-project SOM releases Timber Tower Research Project Archinect 2013-06-03T15:37:00-04:00 >2013-06-07T13:18:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acpsh8b7eqq8l97h.jpg" width="200" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://www.som.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill LLP</a> today released <a href="https://www.som.com/publication/timber-tower-research-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Timber Tower Research Project</a>, an initiative sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) to establish the structural viability of a 42-story-tall prototypical mass timber framed building. The structural solution is benchmarked against the existing concrete-framed DeWitt Chestnut Apartments in Chicago&mdash;a revolutionary structural solution when it was designed by SOM in 1965. The new prototype is a hybrid system that uses the most efficient structural combination of mass timber, concrete and steel to reduce the carbon footprint of the resulting design by between 60 and 75 percent when compared to the concrete benchmark.</p> <p> The genesis of the project lies in the fact that a tall building&rsquo;s embodied carbon footprint is significantly higher relative to low-rise buildings on a per square foot basis. This is exacerbated by the fact that tall buildings are almost exclusively constructed of concrete or steel&mdash;high-strength non-combustible materials...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65617932/60-story-twin-towers-by-som-break-ground-in-manhattan 60-Story Twin Towers by SOM Break Ground in Manhattan HotSoup 2013-01-16T12:51:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:14:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zv4rxmsg1t9azaoc.jpg" width="514" height="665" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;With today&rsquo;s groundbreaking, we&rsquo;re taking a major step forward in the transformation and rebirth of the Far West Side of Manhattan,&rdquo; Mayor Michael Bloomberg said from the podium at the corner of 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Hudson Yards is not the only megadevelopnment underway on Manhattan's Far West Side. Brookfield Properties (owners of the World Financial Center, Canary Wharf and Zuccotti Park), broke ground on Manhattan West, a 5.4-million-square foot development on a 5 acre site over a set of Penn Station rail road tracks. The centerpiece is two 60-story towers designed by SOM.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63275169/skidmore-owings-merrill-to-design-federal-courthouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to Design Federal Courthouse Archinect 2012-12-12T15:21:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:02:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zd8a27ebnojtkcg9.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Federal officials this morning announced that Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill Architects has won the contract to build a $400 million Downtown courthouse. &ldquo;Today, the new federal courthouse is that much closer to becoming a reality for downtown Los Angeles,&rdquo; said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard in a prepared statement. The selection, she said, &ldquo;means we are moving toward the groundbreaking of a critically needed facility that will resolve long-standing security and space issues.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59792515/editor-s-picks-287 Editor's Picks #287 Nam Henderson 2012-10-22T00:13:00-04:00 >2012-10-22T19:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lget7lw0fjx3pqk1.jpg" width="514" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The latest Archinect ShowCase featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/59430856/showcase-cassia-co-op-training-centre-by-tyin-tegnestue-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cassia Co-op Training Centre by TYIN tegnestue Architects</a>. The project is located in Sungai Penuh, Sumatra, Indonesia.</p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59343276/cornell-unveils-new-nyc-tech-campus-by-som-and-morphosis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Observer reported on Cornell&rsquo;s plans (unveiled this week) for a brand new 12.5-acre tech campus on Roosevelt Island this week</a>. The master plan is by SOM and Field Operations, the first academic building is by Thom Mayne. <strong>snail</strong> commented "<em>So they would have us believe that a great center of future technological innovation will look like a standard tower-in-the-park development with a few curves thrown in, and an atrium borrowed from John Portman?</em>"</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyzd37ut4paz6u5p.jpg" title=""></p> <p> For his part <strong>toasteroven</strong> thought &ldquo;<em>cornell is trying to recreate MIT's medialab in NYC - on an island - by making a fancy new campus - BEFORE they've even established the program?...The city is making such a huge deal about this - but it seems like it's primarily being used as a marketing ploy to sell NYC as a new tech hub or something...it seems like there's a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59626694/som-proposes-hovering-pedestrian-donut-for-future-grand-central-terminal SOM Proposes Hovering Pedestrian Donut for Future Grand Central Terminal Archinect 2012-10-19T12:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-23T18:47:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/095a63ee90f6dcdb1d5177ff566253f5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perhaps to palliate our worst Kafka-esque architectural nightmares, the city invited three renowned architecture firms, WXY Architecture + Urban Design, Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill (SOM), and Foster + Partners, to imagine &ldquo;the next 100 years&rdquo; of Grand Central Station (which is fast approaching its 100th birthday) and the surrounding Midtown cityscape.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59343276/cornell-unveils-new-nyc-tech-campus-by-som-and-morphosis Cornell Unveils New NYC Tech Campus by SOM and Morphosis HotSoup 2012-10-15T11:55:00-04:00 >2012-10-27T12:43:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r40glzilehs9pp3h.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Google didn&rsquo;t exist 25 years ago, Facebook didn&rsquo;t exist 25 years ago, even AOL didn&rsquo;t exist 25 years ago,&rdquo; Cornell's Andrew Winters said recently. &ldquo;The challenge is how do you create a tech campus today that is still flexible enough to grow and evolve for the next 25 years?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Cornell unveiled its plans for a brand new 12.5-acre tech campus on Roosevelt Island today. The master plan is by SOM and Field Operations, the first academic building is by Thom Mayne and includes a giant two-acre solar array meant to help the structure achieve net-zero energy consumption.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/54927732/new-renderings-for-1-world-trade-center-but-where-s-the-spire New Renderings for 1 World Trade Center—But Where's the Spire? HotSoup 2012-08-08T11:05:00-04:00 >2012-08-09T17:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2z8njqw0cqupyzwl.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After all the wrangling over the updated designs for the Durst Organization-overseen 1 World Trade Center (we&rsquo;ve heard there was a list of 20 changes the developer wanted from the Port, all eventually granted), new renderings have been released for the project. They show a building that looks a little sharper, perhaps a little less striking, but something still bound to dominate the skyline, as if that were not already abundantly clear from the just-about-topped-out tower.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/43015762/toward-a-vision-the-great-lakes-century Toward A Vision — The Great Lakes Century Archinect 2012-03-28T14:12:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T01:41:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c23b1bdf9a4752cd2fdaf394985e7c47.jpg" width="514" height="161" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Great Lakes Century is a pro bono initiative of SOM's City Design Practice. We found dozens of important efforts to clean and protect the Lakes and the St. Lawrence, but no comprehensive vision for their entire ecosystem. So we did what we do: took a comprehensive look at the natural setting, how unenlightened human hands had messed it up, and then created a set of strategic principles &ndash; to begin a broad-based, bi-national dialogue (which we had never done before).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/39670405/six-stellar-firms-tapped-for-cornell-s-nyc-tech-campus Six Stellar Firms Tapped for Cornell's NYC Tech Campus HotSoup 2012-02-28T18:12:00-05:00 >2012-02-28T18:14:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y133loxyp9y8sn3z.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The innovation offered by a new tech campus on Roosevelt Island is not limited to New York&rsquo;s technology sector but the design one, as well. Almost every bid had soaring renderings and flashy flythroughs, most notably the winning entry from Cornell. Now the upstate university has announced six of the world&rsquo;s top firms, including a few local favorites, are in the running to design the new tech campus.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Making the shortlist are SOM, OMA, Morphosis, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Steven Holl and the dark horse Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which maybe makes sense if they're looking to mind Apple engineers.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/38983644/som-wins-master-plan-competition-for-beijing-bohai-innovation-city SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City Alexander Walter 2012-02-22T14:17:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T18:16:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2sg4e9gm0fbf6pw.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an international design competiton for the rapid development of satellite cities along Chinese high speed rail corridors, Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill's Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan has just been named the winning submission.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34951094/som-to-design-the-greenland-group-suzhou-center-in-wujiang-china SOM to Design the Greenland Group Suzhou Center in Wujiang, China Alexander Walter 2012-01-18T13:46:00-05:00 >2012-01-18T13:54:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z685jt1552frenib.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill (SOM) has won an international competition to design Greenland Group Suzhou Center, a 358-meter supertall landmark tower, in Wujiang, China. This is SOM Chicago&rsquo;s sixth project with the Greenland Group.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/19843540/1-world-trade-center-will-not-be-1-776-feet-after-all 1 World Trade Center Will Not Be 1,776 Feet After All HotSoup 2011-09-09T12:50:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T18:33:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vypj08agstqu2zfz.jpg" width="468" height="579" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It turns out the tower will be even taller, and we have Mother Nature to thank for that.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Thanks to some lightning rods, 1 World Trade Center will be free from some of the silly symbolic weight given to it by Danny Libeskind. Though it could well wind up at 1,787 feet, an even better year. (Can you history buffs remember why?)</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/15559727/as-gg-designs-kingdom-tower-to-be-the-world-s-tallest-building AS+GG Designs Kingdom Tower, to Be the World’s Tallest Building Alexander Walter 2011-08-02T20:26:00-04:00 >2012-11-02T23:32:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/comitsm0w2g5onjk.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News broke that Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is designing Kingdom Tower, to be the world&rsquo;s tallest building, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea. [...] It has been reported that the tower&rsquo;s height will be at least 173 meters (568 feet) taller than the world&rsquo;s current tallest building, Dubai&rsquo;s 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, which was designed by Adrian Smith while at Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill.</p></em><br /><br /><p> We just received a few more images of the proposed tower from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lc/lcazty9veyt0altj.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zg/zgu2forw4gfio72p.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xh/xhq8qxk3agqpaph8.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/10758381/goodbye-mht Goodbye MHT Paul Petrunia 2011-06-22T00:37:59-04:00 >2011-06-23T16:22:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67644b9202b39086d7872865bd67fc70.jpg" width="460" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Manufacturers Hanover Trust glass cube on Fifth Avenue is finance made transparent. Designed in 1954 by S.O.M. it was landmarked in 1997 implying that New York would forever have this jewel box to admire. And when a building is a glass box, achieving an unimaginable degree of transparency, the inside is as important to protect as the exterior.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/8406023/som-designs-eco-urban-community-in-danang-vietnam SOM Designs Eco-Urban Community in Danang, Vietnam Alexander Walter 2011-06-01T14:17:00-04:00 >2012-10-01T13:04:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gd9ezdb3mew5uxz.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill has recently been awarded the Master Plan commission for Golden Hills, an Eco-Urban Community in Danang, Vietnam. SOM&rsquo;s preliminary plan for a sustainable residential community at the edge of the city looks to set a new benchmark for ecologically-sensitive development in Vietnam. SOM is now working closely with the city planning authorities to finalize the project&rsquo;s design and ensure its delivery.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/7616497/skidmore-owings-merrill-s-baietan-master-plan-awarded Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Baietan Master Plan Awarded Alexander Walter 2011-05-25T17:49:00-04:00 >2012-10-01T13:05:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilfgody6yr6xldze.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The AIA San Francisco chapter has recently honored SOM's Baietan Master Plan with a 2011 Merit Award for Urban Design. The Baietan Master Plan addresses a 35-square kilometer portion of the Southern Chinese Pearl River Delta that stretches between the city of Guangzhou, with its 10.3 million inhabitants, and city of Foshan, a smaller city of 5.4 million people. Growth in the Delta region has allowed the two cities to begin to merge into one mega region.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>