Archinect - News 2014-10-20T20:41:57-04:00 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/100587198/finalists-announced-for-scandinavia-s-tallest-skyscraper-in-gothenburg-sweden Finalists announced for Scandinavia’s tallest skyscraper in Gothenburg, Sweden Justine Testado 2014-05-28T18:38:00-04:00 >2014-06-01T02:40:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8bposuljw1mpg9dn.jpg" width="514" height="723" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's no surprise that the stakes are high to design the Gothenburg tower in Sweden, a mixed-use tower that will be the tallest building in the Nordic region. Swedish construction company SERNEKE initiated the idea of the skyscraper. Each team submitted their proposal under anonymity to the jury. The winner will be announced on June 17.</p><p>The well-known finalists make up a competitive group for the last round. They are:</p><ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/48429/ian-simpson-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ian Simpson Architects</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4269075/wing-rdhs-arkitektkontor-ab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wing&aring;rdhs Arkitektkontor</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/44761984/manuelle-gautrand-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuelle Gautrand Architecture</a></li></ul><p>Try to guess who designed what!</p><p>(Pictured above) - <strong>Proposal #1 </strong><br>Title: Ursa</p><p><strong>Proposal #2</strong><br>Title: Svall</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hg/hg45jlsb0myhm2vp.jpg"></p><p><strong>Proposal #3</strong><br>Title: Glasklart</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/to/to3qzno1n46s5ga7.jpg"></p><p><strong>Proposal #4</strong><br>Title: Polstj&auml;rnan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3c/3cflk6vy9jriwpzg.jpg"></p><p><strong>Proposal #5</strong><br>Title: Kyssen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cduak0ph1obeu76e.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94964969/new-u-s-consulate-general-by-som-officially-opens-in-guangzhou New U.S. Consulate General by SOM officially opens in Guangzhou Justine Testado 2014-03-05T19:03:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:21:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/7770rtgubq8ysr17.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>U.S. and local Chinese officials gathered to host the ribbon-cutting of the new U.S. Consulate General today in Guangzhou, China. Perceived as a symbol of the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China, companies from both countries collaborated on the $267 million project, which broke ground in October 2009 and was completed in June 2013.</p><p><a href="http://www.som.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings, &amp; Merrill</a>'s San Francisco office designed the complex while BL Harbert International, LLC, of Birmingham, AL and China Huashi Enterprises, Ltd., of Chengdu, China were the project's contractors.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kyflfb9yjqbsutog.jpg"><br><br>Located on a 7.4-acre site in Guangzhou's blossoming Business Center District near the Pearl River, the seven-building complex includes a 4-story main consular building for visa services and public events, an office building for 400 employees, a residence for U.S. Marines, a warehouse with service shops, three entrance pavilions.</p><p>Building fa&ccedil;ades and landscaped areas integrate local stones from the Fujian province as well as trees and...</p> 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/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/78396667/an-architect-whose-work-stood-out-even-if-she-did-not An Architect Whose Work Stood Out, Even if She Did Not anthony dong 2013-08-01T16:05:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T18:24:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbmip41xs5gnx1ag.jpg" width="409" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost invisibly in her own day, Natalie de Blois, of Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, helped guide the design of three of the most important corporate landmarks of the 1950s and &lsquo;60s &mdash; the headquarters of Lever Brothers, Pepsi-Cola and Union Carbide &mdash; whose suave steel-and-glass facades still exude the cool confidence of postwar Park Avenue.</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/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/39911133/how-to-be-an-architecture-critic How to Be an Architecture Critic Places Journal 2012-03-01T15:50:00-05:00 >2012-03-04T14:15:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqlrucqhsd19pyg3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are rarely roused by the day-to-day, brick-by-brick additions that have the most power to change our environment. We know what we already like but not how to describe it, or how to change it, or how to change our minds. We need to learn how to read a building, an urban plan, a developer&rsquo;s rendering, and to see where critique might make a difference.... We need more critics &mdash; citizen critics &mdash; equipped with the desire and the vocabulary to remake the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Places features an essay from Alexandra Lange's new book&nbsp;<em>Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities&nbsp;</em>(Princeton Architectural Press, 2012).</p> <p> Lange takes on a classic text by Ada Louise Huxtable &mdash; a review of SOM&rsquo;s 1967 Marine Midland Bank Building &mdash; and shows us why it's so good and what we can learn from it by following in the footsteps of a master.</p>