Standing Strong in the Windy City
As part of its Skyline Stories video series, the Chicago Architecture Foundation highlights Willis Tower as a seminal skyscraper that helped transform supertall building design. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Chicago icon is comprised of nine squared tubes, each rigid within itself without internal supports. The tubes are bundled together and terminate at varying heights, creating a multi-tiered, wind-resistant form. Watch the video Standing Strong in the Windy City
As part of its Skyline Stories video series, the Chicago Architecture Foundation highlights Willis Tower as a seminal skyscraper that helped transform supertall building design. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Chicago icon is comprised of nine squared tubes, each rigid within itself without internal supports. The tubes are bundled together and terminate at varying heights, creating a multi-tiered, wind-resistant form. Watch the video Standing Strong in the Windy City
As part of its Skyline Stories video series, the Chicago Architecture Foundation highlights Willis Tower as a seminal skyscraper that helped transform supertall building design. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Chicago icon is comprised of nine squared tubes, each rigid within itself without internal supports. The tubes are bundled together and terminate at varying heights, creating a multi-tiered, wind-resistant form. Watch the video

Standing Strong in the Windy City

As part of its Skyline Stories video series, the Chicago Architecture Foundation highlights Willis Tower as a seminal skyscraper that helped transform supertall building design. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Chicago icon is comprised of nine squared tubes, each rigid within itself without internal supports. The tubes are bundled together and terminate at varying heights, creating a multi-tiered, wind-resistant form. Watch the video

Suspended Design
Impressive feats of engineering are on display at Poly Corporation Headquarters in Beijing, where an eight-story floating structure juts through the largest cable-net glass wall in the world. Housing the Poly Museum, the “hanging lantern” is suspended from the building’s atrium by means of four parallel strand bridge cables, aided by The Rocker. The crystalline, patterned glass of the museum structure is pleated to increase its light-reflecting and refracting qualities. Learn more Suspended Design
Impressive feats of engineering are on display at Poly Corporation Headquarters in Beijing, where an eight-story floating structure juts through the largest cable-net glass wall in the world. Housing the Poly Museum, the “hanging lantern” is suspended from the building’s atrium by means of four parallel strand bridge cables, aided by The Rocker. The crystalline, patterned glass of the museum structure is pleated to increase its light-reflecting and refracting qualities. Learn more Suspended Design
Impressive feats of engineering are on display at Poly Corporation Headquarters in Beijing, where an eight-story floating structure juts through the largest cable-net glass wall in the world. Housing the Poly Museum, the “hanging lantern” is suspended from the building’s atrium by means of four parallel strand bridge cables, aided by The Rocker. The crystalline, patterned glass of the museum structure is pleated to increase its light-reflecting and refracting qualities. Learn more Suspended Design
Impressive feats of engineering are on display at Poly Corporation Headquarters in Beijing, where an eight-story floating structure juts through the largest cable-net glass wall in the world. Housing the Poly Museum, the “hanging lantern” is suspended from the building’s atrium by means of four parallel strand bridge cables, aided by The Rocker. The crystalline, patterned glass of the museum structure is pleated to increase its light-reflecting and refracting qualities. Learn more

Suspended Design

Impressive feats of engineering are on display at Poly Corporation Headquarters in Beijing, where an eight-story floating structure juts through the largest cable-net glass wall in the world. Housing the Poly Museum, the “hanging lantern” is suspended from the building’s atrium by means of four parallel strand bridge cables, aided by The Rocker. The crystalline, patterned glass of the museum structure is pleated to increase its light-reflecting and refracting qualities. Learn more

Sky-High Living
Al Sharq Tower is a unique mix of iconic form and ingenious structure. A spiraling filigree of structural cables wrap around the perimeter of all nine tubes, allowing for a height of 360 meters. Each of these cylinders, with an individual aspect ratio of 1:30, amplifies the notion of slenderness. Learn more Sky-High Living
Al Sharq Tower is a unique mix of iconic form and ingenious structure. A spiraling filigree of structural cables wrap around the perimeter of all nine tubes, allowing for a height of 360 meters. Each of these cylinders, with an individual aspect ratio of 1:30, amplifies the notion of slenderness. Learn more Sky-High Living
Al Sharq Tower is a unique mix of iconic form and ingenious structure. A spiraling filigree of structural cables wrap around the perimeter of all nine tubes, allowing for a height of 360 meters. Each of these cylinders, with an individual aspect ratio of 1:30, amplifies the notion of slenderness. Learn more Sky-High Living
Al Sharq Tower is a unique mix of iconic form and ingenious structure. A spiraling filigree of structural cables wrap around the perimeter of all nine tubes, allowing for a height of 360 meters. Each of these cylinders, with an individual aspect ratio of 1:30, amplifies the notion of slenderness. Learn more

Sky-High Living

Al Sharq Tower is a unique mix of iconic form and ingenious structure. A spiraling filigree of structural cables wrap around the perimeter of all nine tubes, allowing for a height of 360 meters. Each of these cylinders, with an individual aspect ratio of 1:30, amplifies the notion of slenderness. Learn more

Charting Architecture from Past to Present

This blueprint-style illustration of modern and historic landmarks by Pop Chart Lab highlights the Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Center, Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, Zifeng Tower, and Jin Mao Tower. Our projects are in pretty good company! Check it out

Reinvented for a New Era
When Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company opened its Manhattan branch at 510 Fifth Avenue in 1954, the building’s award-winning design ushered in a bold new era of bank architecture. SOM dematerialized the bank’s walls with transparent glass facades, cantilevered floors, luminous ceilings, and a street-level vault. These elements symbolically opened a cloistered world more commonly housed behind masonry walls.
The same bank branch was revisited by SOM a half-century later, renovating and adapting it for retail use. Drawing on archival research and guided by the original design intentions, the contemporary architects preserved or restored primary components including the facade, Bertoia-designed screen, marble columns, and vault door. Learn more Reinvented for a New Era
When Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company opened its Manhattan branch at 510 Fifth Avenue in 1954, the building’s award-winning design ushered in a bold new era of bank architecture. SOM dematerialized the bank’s walls with transparent glass facades, cantilevered floors, luminous ceilings, and a street-level vault. These elements symbolically opened a cloistered world more commonly housed behind masonry walls.
The same bank branch was revisited by SOM a half-century later, renovating and adapting it for retail use. Drawing on archival research and guided by the original design intentions, the contemporary architects preserved or restored primary components including the facade, Bertoia-designed screen, marble columns, and vault door. Learn more Reinvented for a New Era
When Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company opened its Manhattan branch at 510 Fifth Avenue in 1954, the building’s award-winning design ushered in a bold new era of bank architecture. SOM dematerialized the bank’s walls with transparent glass facades, cantilevered floors, luminous ceilings, and a street-level vault. These elements symbolically opened a cloistered world more commonly housed behind masonry walls.
The same bank branch was revisited by SOM a half-century later, renovating and adapting it for retail use. Drawing on archival research and guided by the original design intentions, the contemporary architects preserved or restored primary components including the facade, Bertoia-designed screen, marble columns, and vault door. Learn more

Reinvented for a New Era

When Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company opened its Manhattan branch at 510 Fifth Avenue in 1954, the building’s award-winning design ushered in a bold new era of bank architecture. SOM dematerialized the bank’s walls with transparent glass facades, cantilevered floors, luminous ceilings, and a street-level vault. These elements symbolically opened a cloistered world more commonly housed behind masonry walls.

The same bank branch was revisited by SOM a half-century later, renovating and adapting it for retail use. Drawing on archival research and guided by the original design intentions, the contemporary architects preserved or restored primary components including the facade, Bertoia-designed screen, marble columns, and vault door. 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

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