Archinect - News 2017-09-22T11:34:47-04:00 Did SOM rip off this architect's designs for One World Trade Center? Nicholas Korody 2017-06-15T12:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T15:10:15-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A Korean-born architect on Wednesday sued a major architecture firm over the design of Manhattan's One World Trade Center, claiming that the building bears a "striking similarity" to a tower he designed in 1999 while in graduate school. Jeehoon Park accused Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill of falsely claiming design credit for the 104-story One World Trade Center, whose 1,776-foot (541 m) height including the spire makes it the Western Hemisphere's tallest building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Park is president of Qube Architecture, a Georgia-based practice. His design, shown below, was made when he was getting a masters from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Park is seeking unspecified damages.</p> <p>According to the architect, Skidmore has access to the design through an associate partner&mdash;one of Park's thesis advisors.</p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Park's design on the left, One World Trade Center on the right</figcaption></figure> If Chicago's John Hancock Center gets a new owner, it could get a new name Justine Testado 2017-05-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T21:09:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Hearn's] venture also controls rights to the building's name, which has remained unchanged since John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. developed it [...] Hearn has been in talks with companies interested in putting their name on the skyscraper since the structure's namesake no longer pays for that right. "We've had interest in it, but have not made a deal yet," Hearn said. That process could be resumed by a new owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chicago-based developer Hearn Co. currently plans on selling the John Hancock Center's office space, parking garage and, perhaps most interestingly, its naming rights later this summer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hearn would use the proceeds from the naming rights toward a $10 million redevelopment of the tower's plaza.</p> SOM Foundation awards 2017 China Prize to three grad students Justine Testado 2017-05-17T20:08:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T20:08:55-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>&nbsp;Foundation recently awarded the 2017 China Prize to three graduate students, who each received a $5,000&nbsp;fellowship for travel and research outside of China.&nbsp;</p><p>The recipients are (click their names to see their portfolio submissions):</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yue Wu</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Tongji University, Graduate Student</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zhaoyang Luo</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Harbin Institute of Technology, Graduate Student</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanxue Wei</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Tongji University, Graduate Student</p><p>The winners were chosen among a competitive&nbsp;group of applicants,&nbsp;who must currently be&nbsp;enrolled in the last two years of an&nbsp;undergraduate or graduate degree program in architecture or urban design in China. Entrants had to submit a portfolio, research proposal, and travel itinerary.</p><p>The&nbsp;SOM Foundation's reputable Travel and Research Fellowships have offered over 200&nbsp;student recipients an opportunity to travel outside of their home country to conduct research on&nbsp;architecture, history, culture, and design. First offered in the U.S., the program has expanded to include students...</p> SOM opens a new office in Dubai Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T18:59:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T19:03:40-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The architecture giant <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP (SOM)</a> has announced that they will open a new office in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>, a move intended to further their presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The office will be led by Thomas Behr, who will oversee all operations in the region, alongside Uwe Nienstedt, who will manage the office in Dubai. With a prime location on Sheik Zayed Road, the office will oversee current projects and put forward new project proposals.</p><p>While the office may be new, SOM has a long presence in the region. From designing the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a> in Dubai&mdash;the world&rsquo;s tallest building&mdash;to master planning Bahrain Bay in Manama, SOM has cultivated region-specific knowledge, whether in the form of energy conservation or in &ldquo;reflecting&rdquo; Islamic culture.</p><p>"Our new office allows SOM to build upon decades of experience in the Middle East. By establishing a formal presence in Dubai--an important business center for the region--we are better equipped to serve our local...</p> Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an “unusually polished work of civic architecture” Justine Testado 2016-10-25T20:01:00-04:00 >2016-12-16T20:01:03-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The $350-million, 633,000-square-foot courthouse, designed by Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, is an unusually polished work of civic architecture &mdash; especially by the standards of Los Angeles...This is a building that wants to look respectable and rational but not staid, one that is fairly conventional on the horizontal plane and takes a significant if measured chance on the vertical one. Still, it&rsquo;s a chance that pays off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Christopher Hawthorne gives a thumbs up in his review of SOM's design for the now-completed Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse, which appears to &ldquo;float&rdquo; in mid-air. Don't forget to check out a virtual tour of the building in the video below.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Federal Courthouse under construction</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill to Design Federal Courthouse</a></p> Now THAT's a skywalk! Jin Mao Tower to open world's highest fenceless, all transparent walkway in Shanghai Alexander Walter 2016-07-27T15:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:58:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Looking for something new to do in Shanghai? Well, if you're someone who enjoys dangling off a terrifyingly high ledge with nothing but a safety rope to stop you from plunging to your death, then have we got an activity for you! Tomorrow, a skywalk will open outside of the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower in Lujiazui. [...] it will be the highest fenceless, all transparent walkway outside a high-rise building in the world and is sure to scare you senseless, 340 meters above the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more terrifying photos, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghaiist</a> (if you can handle it).</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists &ndash; 3,540 feet above ground</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li></ul><p>Traveling to Shanghai soon but too chicken to dare the new Jin Mao Tower skywalk? Worry not&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine</a> co-founder Andrei Zerebecky shares his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">must-see architectural sites in Shanghai</a> as part of Archinect's ongoing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travel Guide</a> series.</p> SOM releases renders of Philadelphia transit master plan Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:42:40-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill released new rendering of their proposal for a master plan for Philadelphia&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30th Street Station Precinct.</a>&nbsp;Described as a &ldquo;long-awaited vision of a bold, fully-integrated mixed-use urban district, with a vibrant transformation hub situated at its core,&rdquo; the project in part is a response to research suggesting a &ldquo;sizable uptick in transit activity in the coming decades.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The master plan centers around the historic 30th Street Station, a Beaux Arts building that sits on the western bank of the Schuylkill River, which divides the city. The proposal includes shops, restaurants, and other spaces intended to foster an &ldquo;iconic destination.&rdquo; The total project area is 18,000,000 square feet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more from SOM, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An extraterrestrial presence on the Bronx skyline</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse)</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM wins sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award with the Exchange House</a></p></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 30th St. Station District Plan Proposes Mixed-Use Neighborhood Above Rail Yards Alexander.Ayala 2015-12-18T12:46:00-05:00 >2015-12-18T16:48:59-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In addition to the dense mixed-use development above the rail yards, the new draft calls for doubling the size of Drexel Park, a river overlook, a series of boardwalks and green spaces along the west bank trail of the Schuylkill, and a transit terminal for buses.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SOM wins sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award with the Exchange House Justine Testado 2015-01-14T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:28:08-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill can update their track record of AIA awards with the recent win of their sixth AIA Twenty-Five Year Award for the Exchange House at the Broadgate development in central London. Since 1969, the AIA bestows its sought-after Twenty-Five Year Award to a completed building that has continued to convey architectural design excellence and perseverance over the past 25-35 years.</p><p>Completed in 1990 following London's financial boom, the Broadgate Exchange House was the capstone of the Broadgate development and was built over the most complex location over the train tracks of the Liverpool Street Station. The 2015 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award jury awarded SOM for their simple and efficient structural solution that enabled the Exchange House to be realized over the challenging and historically rich site.</p><p>More info about the design below from SOM:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The structural and architectural solutions of Exchange House embrace the constraints of the site and uses them to fuel a soluti...</p> Michael Kimmelman Reviews 1 World Trade Center davvid 2014-11-30T13:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T13:42:24-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not so bad,&rdquo; offered an architect who has a window facing the building. Alas, it is. Like the corporate campus and plaza it shares, 1 World Trade speaks volumes about political opportunism, outmoded thinking and upside-down urban priorities. It&rsquo;s what happens when a commercial developer is pretty much handed the keys to the castle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" 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=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ian Simpson Architects</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wing&aring;rdhs Arkitektkontor</a></li><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="" 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=""></p><p><strong>Proposal #3</strong><br>Title: Glasklart</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Proposal #4</strong><br>Title: Polstj&auml;rnan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Proposal #5</strong><br>Title: Kyssen</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" 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=""><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> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" 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> LA Federal Courthouse under construction Justine Testado 2013-08-19T18:07:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T18:21:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we first announced</a> that <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clark Construction</a> -- will be an addition to the revived Civic Center area, as reported by <a href=",0,517468.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the LA Times</a>.<br><br><img alt="" src="" 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> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to Design Federal Courthouse Archinect 2012-12-12T15:21:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:02:32-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How to Be an Architecture Critic Places Journal 2012-03-01T15:50:00-05:00 >2012-03-04T14:15:36-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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>