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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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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SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

August 14, 2013 by  
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SOM’s Timber Tower Slashes Tall Building Carbon Footprint by up to 75 Percent

June 4, 2013 by  
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The internationally renowned design firm Skidmore, Owings and Merril (SOM) has published findings of their recent “Timber Tower Research Project” – a proposal to construct skyscrapers with timber in order to reduce their overall carbon footprint. Buildings make up 36 percent of total energy use, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency , and tall structures in urban jungles built with metal and reinforced concrete have a particularly high carbon footprint. SOM’s design has the potential to slash the carbon footprint of these tall towers by up to 75%. Read the rest of SOM’s Timber Tower Slashes Tall Building Carbon Footprint by up to 75 Percent Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon footprint of buildings , eco design , green design , Owings & Merrill , Skidwell , SOM , sustainable design , timber tower research project , Urban design        

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SOM’s Tanjong Pagar Centre Will Be the Tallest Building in Singapore

May 14, 2013 by  
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