SOM designs a low-carbon waterfront community for Chinas most livable city

October 14, 2020 by  
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Global design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled designs for Jiuzhou Bay, a new 5.6 million-square-foot mixed-use neighborhood in coastal Zhuhai, which was recently named China’s most livable city by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Selected from a shortlist of 10 global design firms, SOM’s proposal targets a low-carbon scheme that makes use of the region’s abundant natural resources — the sea and the sun — to generate renewable energy and reduce the development’s environmental footprint. Located in China’s southern Guangdong province in the Pearl River Delta, Zhuhai is a burgeoning tech hub with a reputation that has been recently elevated by a connection to the international finance and tourism centers Hong Kong and Macau via the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world. The new development will be a beacon for sustainable growth in the tech-heavy region that the architects say may soon rival Silicon Valley. The proposed Jiuzhou Bay development will include state-of-the-art office spaces, residences, retail and infrastructure, such as a robust transportation hub that offers connections to land, sea and rail across more than 40 acres. Related: Historic Zhuhai sugar factory to be reborn as a low-carbon cultural hub The city’s maritime history has also greatly informed the architects’ design decisions, particularly with the five modular canopies that wrap around the three sides of a 1.8 million-square-foot port to form a series of covered pedestrian alleyways, a lively retail environment and interlinked courtyards along the waterfront. Solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems would be integrated into the canopies. The masterplan also includes a lighthouse-inspired skyscraper with offices, a 20-story Ritz Carlton hotel , a sky bar and an observation deck. “The forms of the canopies are inspired by the local legend of the Fisher Girl and reflect the fishing nets commonly seen on the coastline throughout the region,” said Sean Ragasa, design director at SOM. “We wanted our design to resonate with the culture and history of Zhuhai, and to evoke a story that’s familiar to everyone who lives there.” + SOM Images via SOM

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LEED Platinum-seeking home in Cincinnati asks $3.25 million

October 14, 2020 by  
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Near the border of Ohio and Kentucky, a stunning sustainable home has hit the market for $3,249,000. Designed by local architect Jose Garcia , the home was built with natural materials, from the exterior cladding of cedar and cypress wood to the interior use of century-year-old reclaimed Douglas fir. The Douglas fir was sourced from a demolished cotton mill and used for the ceiling and walls. The Cincinnati home is in the process of obtaining LEED platinum certification and boasts 38 solar panels on the roof, a geothermal energy system and a smart home system for optimizing energy efficiency. Located at 1059 Celestial Street, the custom, single-family home in the city’s Mt. Adams suburb spans 6,778 square feet on a quarter-acre lot with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and a three-car garage. The home’s elevated location allows for stunning views of downtown Cincinnati as well as the Ohio River, which marks the boundary between Ohio and Kentucky. A rooftop deck with a fire pit and a vegetable garden bed takes advantage of these panoramic views. The main bedroom, which is bathed in light by a skylight, connects to a bridge that leads directly to the rooftop deck.  Related: Architecture students design and build a LEED Platinum smart home in Kansas Natural light and a sense of spaciousness define the interiors of the modern home, which is centered on an atrium . The atrium allows for direct sight lines from the entrance to the pocket sliding glass doors, which open up to a 45-foot-long balcony along the entire side of the home. Full-height windows, a natural materials palette and a courtyard garden also help to usher the outdoor landscape indoors, while tall ceilings and an open-plan layout direct views toward downtown Cincinnati. The abundance of wood that lines the interior is complemented by exposed brick and concrete in parts of the home. The kitchen cabinetry, designed by the architect, is bleached European White Oak and paired with white quartzite countertops. To meet LEED Platinum standards, double-pane windows imported from Luxembourg were installed throughout the residence. Two geothermal wells were drilled beneath the driveway to provide an additional energy source to solar, which collected from the solar array on the front part of the roof. In addition to home automation, the building is equipped with an air-purifying system that filters air in the entire home. The property is listed with Coldwell Banker . + Jose Garcia Design Images via Coldwell Banker

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SOM unveils images of new undulating mixed-use tower in China

April 9, 2018 by  
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SOM recently just unveiled the first images of a spiraling mixed-use tower planned for China . The Hangzhou Wangchao Center features an undulating glass façade and eight mega-columns that slope outward at the corners. This design helps to minimize wind loads and optimize the center’s performance and efficiency. The Center will offer hotel, office and retail spaces in the heart of  Hangzhou . As a result of an integrated architectural and engineering strategy, the tower’s distinct silhouette minimizes wind loads and creates flexible floor plates. Related: SOM’s diagrid glass tower rises like a Chinese paper lantern in Beijing In addition to the large sloping corner columns, architects designed secondary perimeter columns that branch out to maintain equal column bays. A Vierendeel transfer truss above the lobby connects the secondary columns to the corner columns. This structure allows for the use of planar glass panels as cladding material. The tower is slated for completion in 2021. SOM said, “Located at the intersection of several major transportation networks, the tower is a beacon of performance-driven design and is emblematic of Hangzhou’s future as a new global destination.” + SOM Via ArchDaily Images by Brick Visual

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SOMs diagrid glass tower rises like a Chinese paper lantern in Beijing

June 19, 2017 by  
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A glittering glass lantern has risen in Beijing . Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed the Poly International Plaza, a three-tower complex located midway between the Forbidden City and the Beijing Capital Airport. The main and tallest tower draws inspiration from Chinese paper lanterns for its continuous diagrid pattern that shimmers like a jewel and helps lower the building’s energy footprint. Winner of two 2017 Architizer A+Awards , the Poly International Plaza was completed in 2016 shortly after the Beijing Greenland Center , another SOM-designed energy-efficient glass tower. China Poly Group, one of the country’s largest state-supervised conglomerates, commissioned the commercial project. The client specified a modern and elegant building that, in the words of Poly executive Zhang Wei, would “make [their] company more famous.” The Poly International Plaza comprises three elliptical towers connected underground. The eye-catching central tower is nicknamed the Diamond Lantern and rises to a height of 499 feet and is clad in a steel-and-concrete diagrid exoskeleton with angled glass. The two smaller buildings on either side reach heights of 275 feet and 220 feet and are covered in vertical grids of dark metal rods. Related: Beautiful prismatic glass panels envelop SOM’s Beijing Greenland Center SOM writes: “The exoskeleton structural system forms an outer thermal envelope around the office spaces, which are enclosed within a second glazed interior envelope. This creates daylit communal areas that accommodate meetings and foster social interaction, while establishing physical and visual connections between floors. The long-span structural design not only opens up the interior, creating a column-free work environment, but also employs a highly sustainable architectural/mechanical approach to address the climatic and air quality challenges particular to Beijing.” + SOM Via Architectural Record Images via SOM , photos by Bruce Damonte

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SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

March 24, 2015 by  
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SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network

July 22, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , all aboard florida , Daylighting , eco design , florida , florida rail network , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green transportation , high speed rail , private rail network , public transportation , rail concourse , rail network , Skidmore Owings & Merrill , Skidmore Owings and Merrill , SOM , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , train concourse , train station , West Palm Beach , zyscovich architects

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SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station

July 14, 2014 by  
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A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail line that will start in Miami at the Multimodal Hub , then travel north through Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and up to Orlando. SOM is working with local architect Zyscovich Architects to design this and all the other stations. These naturally daylit and airy structures will serve as the perfect launching pads for travel up and down the Florida coast for visitors and locals alike. Read the rest of SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , all aboard florida , eco design , eco train station , florida , ft. lauderdale , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green transportation , high speed rail , rail network , Skidmore Owings & Merrill , SOM , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , train station , transit hub , transit station , zyscovich architects

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Zaha Hadid Among Five Firms Shortlisted to Design Scandinavia’s Tallest Skyscraper

May 30, 2014 by  
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A shortlist of all-star architecture firms has just been unveiled in the competition to design the tallest skyscraper in Scandinavia located in the Swedish city Gothenburg. The competition, which was initiated by Swedish construction company SERNEKE , selected the five teams based on proposals submitted anonymously. Although the jury hasn’t revealed which firm is responsible for which rendering yet, we do know that the highly acclaimed Zaha Hadid Architects and SOM are among the top five picks. Read the rest of Zaha Hadid Among Five Firms Shortlisted to Design Scandinavia’s Tallest Skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture competition , Gothenburg , ian simpson architects , Manuelle Gautrand Architects , Ola Serneke , scandinavia , SERNEKE , skyscraper , SOM , Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor , Zaha Hadid Architects

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SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

December 11, 2013 by  
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Skidmore, Owings & Mills have just unveiled their centerpiece design for Pertamina’s new headquarters: a futuristic “energy beacon” that dramatically pierces Jakarta’s skyline. Shaped like the petals of a budding flower, the Pertamina skyscraper will open slightly at its gently tapered peak to harness wind energy. Slated for completion in 2020, the skyscraper will become the city’s tallest landmark at more than double the height of the current record holder. Read the rest of SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable development” , “wind power” , jakarta , jakarta skyline , pertamina , Pertamina skyscraper , renewable energy , Skidmore Owings & Mills , solar heat gain , solar panels , SOM , sustainable campus , wind funnel , wind harnessing tower        

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Transportable Prefab InstantSlide House is Assembled in Minutes with a Push of a Button

December 11, 2013 by  
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The InstantSlide House is a temporary housing solution for employees of companies who work on remote locations, but the transportable, modular house makes a great alternative to conventional single family homes as well. The InstantSlide house model is the latest series of SMART2 (Superfast + Modular + Affordable + Robust + Transportable) buildings manufactured by Australian company JAYZ Building Solutions . Read the rest of Transportable Prefab InstantSlide House is Assembled in Minutes with a Push of a Button Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Australian prefab houses , energy efficient housing , InstantSlide House , JAYZ Building Solutions , Prefab Homes , prefab temporary homes , shipping container homes , SMART2 houses , solar heat pumps , temporary housing , transportable houses        

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