Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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The Milstein Center stands at the heart of @barnardcollege ’s campus in Morningside Heights. The building’s design is a bespoke response to its position overlooking the Lawn, a beloved and much-used amenity at the New York City college. Stepped terraces extend the green space onto the building, creating functional outdoor areas for students and faculty. Inside, a state-of-the-art library, a computational science center, and other learning spaces support pursuits in new media and digital technologies, among other disciplines. Photo © @magdabiernat #Architecture #Design #NewYorkCity #University
Whether it’s from an elevated vantage point or street level, in model form or real life, the exterior diagonal bracing of the former John Hancock Center (now known as 875 North Michigan Avenue) is one of its most iconic features. The Chicago skyscraper was completed in 1970 and quickly celebrated for its innovative design—a tapered tower in which the steel frame provides structural support as well as a distinctive profile. The result of a close collaboration between architect Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan, the building represents the first use of the exterior diagonalized tube structural system. Photo © Hedrich Blessing #Architecture #Engineering #Design #Chicago #ArchModelMonday
From a custom hardware collection to a Southern California courthouse and much more in between, we’re proud of the work by our Interiors Practice that was recognized in this year's @interiordesignmag Best of Year Awards. The Alina Hardware Collection, a collaboration between SOM and the Italian design company Valli&Valli, took home the top prize in the Hardware category of the product awards. The collection was designed to be adaptable for many project types and created with a minimal use of materials. See more of the work by our Interiors team that was honored in this year’s #IDBestofYear Awards by visiting the link in our bio. #Design #InteriorDesign #ValliandValli #DoorHandle
While en route through Terminal 2 of Hong Kong International Airport, @rafagherr took a moment to take in the ceiling—an undulating surface that evokes shimmering waves. The rhythmic design continues outside into a textured facade on the terminal and SkyPlaza, where travelers can find restaurants, shops, and other amenities. #Regram #Architecture #Design #HongKong #Airport
@donotsettle captured the facade of Hangzhou GT Land Jumeirah. Thousands of panels react to the movement of light and wind to create an animated surface on the building—a fittingly dynamic facade for a building that brings together a vibrant mix of uses. The luxury hotel, retail, residential, and office development is located in an emerging central business district in Hangzhou, China. #Architecture #Design #China #Regram
With its distinctive facade, 252 East 57th adds a rhythmic presence to the tapestry of Midtown Manhattan. From the highest floors, inverted bay windows on the west and north elevations offer spectacular views of Central Park, while the east and south elevations overlook the Queensboro Bridge and the East River. Six distinct glass treatments on the facade of the 65-story tower, including acid-etched, fritted, and cast glass, merge to become a study on the material itself. Photo © @albertvecerka | Esto #Architecture #Design #NewYorkCity #Skyscraper #Facade
@llionaa snapped this shot in our San Francisco office. The model offers a glimpse into the structure of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California. The inner wooden vessel of the cathedral is contained within an exterior veil of glass. Throughout, the innovative use of glue-laminated timber, exposed reinforced concrete, steel tension rods, aluminum, and glass create a sense of luminosity and solace. An oculus composed of triangular aluminum panels carries daylight into the 1,350-seat space. #Architecture #Design #Oakland #ArchModelMonday
How do you expand an airport when there’s no land to build on? At Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, a set of unconventional and efficient solutions allowed us to triple the capacity of the international terminal while building on a wickedly complex site. Read the full story by visiting the link in our bio. #Architecture #Design #Structure #Mumbai #Airport
At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Columbus Drive building, designed by SOM’s Walter Netsch, made its debut in 1976. It was the school’s first facility independent from the iconic museum building on Michigan Avenue. Today, it continues to operate as a learning and creative space for @saicpics students and staff, holding some of the school’s largest departments, the Betty Rymer gallery, a digital fabrication studio, a wood and metal shop, and a foundry. #Architecture #Design #Chicago #ThrowbackThursday
Pull up a seat at @awesomenesstv in Santa Monica. The media company, known for its youth-focused programming, accommodates more than 500 employees over 78,000 square feet in the SOM-designed Pen Factory. Concrete flooring, exposed building systems, and other design details celebrate the industrial heritage of the building—a former Paper Mate pen manufacturing facility—while reflecting its new use as a multi-tenant creative workplace. Photo © Fotoworks | Benny Chan #Architecture #InteriorDesign #Workplace #California
A new addition to the Singapore skyline, @tanjongpagarcentre is now fully open. The site comprises a 64-story tower, a freestanding 20-story structure, and a redesigned Tanjong Pagar Park at its base. Standing at 290 meters and providing office and luxury residential space, the tower is Singapore’s tallest building. At its apex, a glass-floored viewing deck offers panoramic views of the city and the nearby sea. The smaller building, scaled to accommodate the low-rise conservation district of Chinatown, features the luxury @sofitelsingaporecitycentre business hotel. Learn more by visiting the link in our profile. Photo © @studioperiphery #Architecture #Design #TanjongPagarCentre #Singapore
This model gives an overview of Canary Wharf in London. Over the course of 25 years, we teamed up with various designers and clients to plan and build the former dockside area into a thriving financial center. In addition to designing the comprehensive master plan, we collaborated with local artists and landscape architects to create public plazas, gardens, and bespoke street furniture throughout the 29-hectare development. Storm drainage systems provide a high level of flood protection for both the upper and lower levels of the site while accounting for the tidal activity of the Thames. #Architecture #Design #UrbanDesign #ArchModelMonday
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