Expressively Engineered
Completed in 1967, the distinctive Alcoa Building continues to stand out in San Francisco. Now known as One Maritime Plaza, the building’s external diagonal bracing resists seismic forces and helps support vertical loads. Representative of the collaboration between architects and structural engineers at SOM, a similar system was later used for the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Learn more Expressively Engineered
Completed in 1967, the distinctive Alcoa Building continues to stand out in San Francisco. Now known as One Maritime Plaza, the building’s external diagonal bracing resists seismic forces and helps support vertical loads. Representative of the collaboration between architects and structural engineers at SOM, a similar system was later used for the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Learn more Expressively Engineered
Completed in 1967, the distinctive Alcoa Building continues to stand out in San Francisco. Now known as One Maritime Plaza, the building’s external diagonal bracing resists seismic forces and helps support vertical loads. Representative of the collaboration between architects and structural engineers at SOM, a similar system was later used for the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Learn more

Expressively Engineered

Completed in 1967, the distinctive Alcoa Building continues to stand out in San Francisco. Now known as One Maritime Plaza, the building’s external diagonal bracing resists seismic forces and helps support vertical loads. Representative of the collaboration between architects and structural engineers at SOM, a similar system was later used for the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Learn more

Making Its Mark on the City of Big Shoulders 

Rising 1,361 feet, the Trump International Hotel and Tower is a prominent fixture on the Chicago skyline as the second tallest building in the city. The glass-clad skyscraper is highly contextual, stepping back at different floors to match the scale of neighboring structures. Learn more

A Legend’s Work
Today, we honor the legacy of former Design Partner Myron Goldsmith, born on September 15, 1918. In his lifetime, he was responsible for a number of iconic buildings, including The Republic Newspaper Office and Printing Plant in Columbus, Indiana, named a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Its crisp modern form symbolizes the company’s role in the community and the strict functional requirements necessary to produce a daily newspaper. Originally, the printing press was painted bright yellow and clearly displayed behind the 15-foot-tall glass exterior, raising its role from mere machine to that of functional art. Learn more A Legend’s Work
Today, we honor the legacy of former Design Partner Myron Goldsmith, born on September 15, 1918. In his lifetime, he was responsible for a number of iconic buildings, including The Republic Newspaper Office and Printing Plant in Columbus, Indiana, named a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Its crisp modern form symbolizes the company’s role in the community and the strict functional requirements necessary to produce a daily newspaper. Originally, the printing press was painted bright yellow and clearly displayed behind the 15-foot-tall glass exterior, raising its role from mere machine to that of functional art. Learn more A Legend’s Work
Today, we honor the legacy of former Design Partner Myron Goldsmith, born on September 15, 1918. In his lifetime, he was responsible for a number of iconic buildings, including The Republic Newspaper Office and Printing Plant in Columbus, Indiana, named a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Its crisp modern form symbolizes the company’s role in the community and the strict functional requirements necessary to produce a daily newspaper. Originally, the printing press was painted bright yellow and clearly displayed behind the 15-foot-tall glass exterior, raising its role from mere machine to that of functional art. Learn more A Legend’s Work
Today, we honor the legacy of former Design Partner Myron Goldsmith, born on September 15, 1918. In his lifetime, he was responsible for a number of iconic buildings, including The Republic Newspaper Office and Printing Plant in Columbus, Indiana, named a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Its crisp modern form symbolizes the company’s role in the community and the strict functional requirements necessary to produce a daily newspaper. Originally, the printing press was painted bright yellow and clearly displayed behind the 15-foot-tall glass exterior, raising its role from mere machine to that of functional art. Learn more

A Legend’s Work

Today, we honor the legacy of former Design Partner Myron Goldsmith, born on September 15, 1918. In his lifetime, he was responsible for a number of iconic buildings, including The Republic Newspaper Office and Printing Plant in Columbus, Indiana, named a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Its crisp modern form symbolizes the company’s role in the community and the strict functional requirements necessary to produce a daily newspaper. Originally, the printing press was painted bright yellow and clearly displayed behind the 15-foot-tall glass exterior, raising its role from mere machine to that of functional art. Learn more

On this day, we remember all those affected by the events on September 11th. We are honored to contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Lower Manhattan.

Standing Tall: 7 World Trade Center
Conveying a sense of lightness and establishing a strong street-level presence were central to the design of 7 World Trade Center. The tower rises like a shimmering glass shard, with a curtain wall that reflects the ever-changing sky. The building’s lower portion is clad in a perforated steel screen that was created in collaboration with designer James Carpenter. In the spacious lobby, a captivating light installation by the artist Jenny Holzer draws the attention of passers-by. Learn more Standing Tall: 7 World Trade Center
Conveying a sense of lightness and establishing a strong street-level presence were central to the design of 7 World Trade Center. The tower rises like a shimmering glass shard, with a curtain wall that reflects the ever-changing sky. The building’s lower portion is clad in a perforated steel screen that was created in collaboration with designer James Carpenter. In the spacious lobby, a captivating light installation by the artist Jenny Holzer draws the attention of passers-by. Learn more Standing Tall: 7 World Trade Center
Conveying a sense of lightness and establishing a strong street-level presence were central to the design of 7 World Trade Center. The tower rises like a shimmering glass shard, with a curtain wall that reflects the ever-changing sky. The building’s lower portion is clad in a perforated steel screen that was created in collaboration with designer James Carpenter. In the spacious lobby, a captivating light installation by the artist Jenny Holzer draws the attention of passers-by. Learn more

Standing Tall: 7 World Trade Center

Conveying a sense of lightness and establishing a strong street-level presence were central to the design of 7 World Trade Center. The tower rises like a shimmering glass shard, with a curtain wall that reflects the ever-changing sky. The building’s lower portion is clad in a perforated steel screen that was created in collaboration with designer James Carpenter. In the spacious lobby, a captivating light installation by the artist Jenny Holzer draws the attention of passers-by. Learn more

Art + Architecture: Gallery on the Go
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is as much a cultural oasis as it is an aviation hub. Featuring a world-class art program, passengers can enjoy works from renowned artists like Sol Lewitt and Richard Serra (pictured), as well as Jonathan Borofsky, Ingo Maurer, Katharina Grosse, and others. Laura Ettelman, SOM Director, speaks about her work on Terminal 1 and other projects in a recent interview. Learn more Art + Architecture: Gallery on the Go
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is as much a cultural oasis as it is an aviation hub. Featuring a world-class art program, passengers can enjoy works from renowned artists like Sol Lewitt and Richard Serra (pictured), as well as Jonathan Borofsky, Ingo Maurer, Katharina Grosse, and others. Laura Ettelman, SOM Director, speaks about her work on Terminal 1 and other projects in a recent interview. Learn more Art + Architecture: Gallery on the Go
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is as much a cultural oasis as it is an aviation hub. Featuring a world-class art program, passengers can enjoy works from renowned artists like Sol Lewitt and Richard Serra (pictured), as well as Jonathan Borofsky, Ingo Maurer, Katharina Grosse, and others. Laura Ettelman, SOM Director, speaks about her work on Terminal 1 and other projects in a recent interview. Learn more

Art + Architecture: Gallery on the Go

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is as much a cultural oasis as it is an aviation hub. Featuring a world-class art program, passengers can enjoy works from renowned artists like Sol Lewitt and Richard Serra (pictured), as well as Jonathan Borofsky, Ingo Maurer, Katharina Grosse, and others. Laura Ettelman, SOM Director, speaks about her work on Terminal 1 and other projects in a recent interview. Learn more

A San Francisco Stopover
Today marks the beginning of Labor Day weekend, the symbolic end of summer in the United States. Travel hubs like San Francisco International Airport will see thousands of passengers arrive and depart as they make the most of the weather. The SOM-designed International Terminal at SFO represented a watershed moment in the integration of structural and architectural design. Learn more A San Francisco Stopover
Today marks the beginning of Labor Day weekend, the symbolic end of summer in the United States. Travel hubs like San Francisco International Airport will see thousands of passengers arrive and depart as they make the most of the weather. The SOM-designed International Terminal at SFO represented a watershed moment in the integration of structural and architectural design. Learn more A San Francisco Stopover
Today marks the beginning of Labor Day weekend, the symbolic end of summer in the United States. Travel hubs like San Francisco International Airport will see thousands of passengers arrive and depart as they make the most of the weather. The SOM-designed International Terminal at SFO represented a watershed moment in the integration of structural and architectural design. Learn more A San Francisco Stopover
Today marks the beginning of Labor Day weekend, the symbolic end of summer in the United States. Travel hubs like San Francisco International Airport will see thousands of passengers arrive and depart as they make the most of the weather. The SOM-designed International Terminal at SFO represented a watershed moment in the integration of structural and architectural design. Learn more

A San Francisco Stopover

Today marks the beginning of Labor Day weekend, the symbolic end of summer in the United States. Travel hubs like San Francisco International Airport will see thousands of passengers arrive and depart as they make the most of the weather. The SOM-designed International Terminal at SFO represented a watershed moment in the integration of structural and architectural design. Learn more

The Twin Masts
You don’t see a building like this every day. Completed for Baxter International in 1975, this Chicago area landmark employs twin steel pylons and cables to suspend its roof, eliminating the need for columns inside the structure. Learn more The Twin Masts
You don’t see a building like this every day. Completed for Baxter International in 1975, this Chicago area landmark employs twin steel pylons and cables to suspend its roof, eliminating the need for columns inside the structure. Learn more The Twin Masts
You don’t see a building like this every day. Completed for Baxter International in 1975, this Chicago area landmark employs twin steel pylons and cables to suspend its roof, eliminating the need for columns inside the structure. Learn more

The Twin Masts

You don’t see a building like this every day. Completed for Baxter International in 1975, this Chicago area landmark employs twin steel pylons and cables to suspend its roof, eliminating the need for columns inside the structure. Learn more

A Landmark for Bahrain Bay

A prominent location and distinctive sculptural form give the Arcapita Bank Headquarters a significant presence in Bahrain Bay. The building is composed of a spacious rectilinear volume perched atop a sculptural plinth that resembles rolling waves. Ample glazing affords panoramic views of the new waterfront district. Learn more

Fourth Period Meets the Cretaceous Period
Imagine the wonder of attending the Brunswick School in Connecticut, where students are treated to awe-inspiring views of a floating Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the Lower School and Gymnasium building. Expansive glass walls not only reveal slices of campus activity, but also allow light to flow from the bright atrium into each surrounding floor. Learn more Fourth Period Meets the Cretaceous Period
Imagine the wonder of attending the Brunswick School in Connecticut, where students are treated to awe-inspiring views of a floating Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the Lower School and Gymnasium building. Expansive glass walls not only reveal slices of campus activity, but also allow light to flow from the bright atrium into each surrounding floor. Learn more Fourth Period Meets the Cretaceous Period
Imagine the wonder of attending the Brunswick School in Connecticut, where students are treated to awe-inspiring views of a floating Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the Lower School and Gymnasium building. Expansive glass walls not only reveal slices of campus activity, but also allow light to flow from the bright atrium into each surrounding floor. Learn more

Fourth Period Meets the Cretaceous Period

Imagine the wonder of attending the Brunswick School in Connecticut, where students are treated to awe-inspiring views of a floating Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the Lower School and Gymnasium building. Expansive glass walls not only reveal slices of campus activity, but also allow light to flow from the bright atrium into each surrounding floor. Learn more

A Library Like No Other
One of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, the Beinecke Library at Yale University also serves as a research center for students, faculty, and other scholars. Six stories of illuminated book stacks glow in the center of the exhibition hall. The building’s semiopaque, marble-paneled facade protects rare materials from sun damage. Learn more A Library Like No Other
One of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, the Beinecke Library at Yale University also serves as a research center for students, faculty, and other scholars. Six stories of illuminated book stacks glow in the center of the exhibition hall. The building’s semiopaque, marble-paneled facade protects rare materials from sun damage. Learn more A Library Like No Other
One of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, the Beinecke Library at Yale University also serves as a research center for students, faculty, and other scholars. Six stories of illuminated book stacks glow in the center of the exhibition hall. The building’s semiopaque, marble-paneled facade protects rare materials from sun damage. Learn more

A Library Like No Other

One of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, the Beinecke Library at Yale University also serves as a research center for students, faculty, and other scholars. Six stories of illuminated book stacks glow in the center of the exhibition hall. The building’s semiopaque, marble-paneled facade protects rare materials from sun damage. Learn more

A Landmark Takes Shape

In a new time-lapse video, the faceted, crystalline form of One World Trade Center is seen rising from Manhattan, recapturing the New York skyline and establishing a new civic icon for the country. The film uses thousands of images captured over a three-year period. Learn more

Art + Architecture: Greenwich Academy 

Light is central to the design of the Greenwich Academy Upper School, even after sunset. SOM collaborated with renowned artist James Turrell to create a luminous installation that engages form. In this sped-up impression of Turrell’s work, mullions and glass enclosures glow through programmed LED light sequences, giving the building a brilliant, sculptural presence on the campus landscape. Learn more

A Modern Gateway for a Historic Port City

Situated along the Haihe River in Tianjin, this supertall skyscraper signals the city’s prominence as a physical and cultural gateway to China. It’s also an engineering marvel. Tianjin Global Financial Center’s structural framework, built entirely from thin steel plates, is uniquely slender for a region with high winds. Learn more

Sketching San Francisco
To stimulate studio discourse, our West Coast offices recently launched Design Thinking, a compilation of creative ideas from SOM employees. The latest issue explores the power of sketching, and how just a few lines can capture the core principle of any design. Here, architect Enrique Acosta uses pen and paper to play with the forms of Transamerica Pyramid and One Front Street in San Francisco. Sketching San Francisco
To stimulate studio discourse, our West Coast offices recently launched Design Thinking, a compilation of creative ideas from SOM employees. The latest issue explores the power of sketching, and how just a few lines can capture the core principle of any design. Here, architect Enrique Acosta uses pen and paper to play with the forms of Transamerica Pyramid and One Front Street in San Francisco.

Sketching San Francisco

To stimulate studio discourse, our West Coast offices recently launched Design Thinking, a compilation of creative ideas from SOM employees. The latest issue explores the power of sketching, and how just a few lines can capture the core principle of any design. Here, architect Enrique Acosta uses pen and paper to play with the forms of Transamerica Pyramid and One Front Street in San Francisco.