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Featured Buildings Involving SOM

10 Universal City Plaza

10 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles

10 Universal City Plaza is a 35-story, rhombic skyscraper in the Universal City/Studio City and Burbank Media District submarket of Los Angeles, California.

222 Main

222 Main, Salt Lake City

222 Main is Utah’s first LEED Gold-certified high-rise; the structure features a 20-foot glass veil that is illuminated with different colors at various times of the year.

650 California

650 California, San Francisco

650 California is visible from every direction except from the southeast, where the nearby Financial District skyscrapers block the view.

Al Hamra Tower

Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City

The art of high-rise building design embraces, at least in part, how the observer reads the rise of the form from the earth to the sky.

Baccarat Hotel & Residences

Baccarat Hotel & Residences, New York City

Baccarat Hotel & Residences form and craftsmanship is inspired by the eponymous luxury crystal brand that owns the building.

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower

Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower, Beijing

The Beijing Greenland Dawangjing Tower’s distinct trapezoidal facade was developed to take advantage of the building’s site positioning and as a means to catch and refract sunlight.

Broadgate Tower

Broadgate Tower, London

The dramatic and highly visible structural system employed on Broadgate Tower is an innovative solution to the challenge of spanning the pre-existing railways that run under the site.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Undoubtedly one of the wonders of the modern world, Burj Khalifa is graceful and elegant as it reaches upward with seeming ease.

Carlton Centre

Carlton Centre, Johannesburg

Once the home to the five-star Carlton Hotel, the Carlton Centre provides a birds-eye view of downtown Johannesberg.

Cayan Tower

Cayan Tower, Dubai

Standing at over 300 meters, Cayan Tower stood as the world's tallest high rise building with a twist of 90 degrees when it was completed in 2013.

Greenland's Suzhou Center

Greenland's Suzhou Center, Suzhou

The Suzhou Center incorporates passive ventilation techniques in the the design to create a unique interior "lung" that appears as a large opening.

Kingtown International Center

Kingtown International Center, Nanjing

This tower uses a distinctive external bracing system, which creates more efficient lateral support, requiring less steel and an overall 20% reduction in building material.

NBC Tower

NBC Tower, Chicago

Located in Chicago's Magnificent Mile area, the Art Deco influenced office tower serves as a link between the Near North Side and the Loop.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center, New York City

Part of the ambitious World Trade Center redevelopment, the symbolic 1,776-foot One World Trade Center rises on the northwest corner of the Lower Manhattan site.

Park Avenue Plaza

Park Avenue Plaza, New York City

Park Avenue Plaza has 12 corner offices per floor which overlook the Manhattan skyline while its mirrored façade reflects other skyscrapers in the area.

Pearl River Tower

Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou

The building’s siting and its evocative curving shape are performance driven, and represent an example of a 21st century tower that responds responsibly to local climactic conditions.

Rizal Tower

Rizal Tower, Makati

Rizal Tower sets a standard in urban regeneration projects within a city where the highest levels and most progressive visions of urban life must be taken into consideration.

Rolex Tower

Rolex Tower, Dubai

The tower sits amidst the exuberance that is the tall building development of Dubai’s main thoroughfare. The building comes as a breath of fresh air among the crowd of towers.

Shum Yip Upperhills

Shum Yip Upperhills, Shenzhen

Through the integration of greenery, Shum Yip Upperhills blurs the boundary between project, city and natural environment, responding to the climate and the history of Shenzhen.

Sinar Mas Center

Sinar Mas Center, Shanghai

A centerpiece of a neighborhood development, the design features curved surfaces, accentuated by perforated metal light shelves to enhance the building's environmental performance.

The John Hancock Center

The John Hancock Center, Chicago

Over forty years after its completion, the John Hancock Center has established itself as one of the world’s most recognized skyscrapers and an iconic example.

Trump International Hotel & Tower

Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago

Urbanistically and architecturally, Trump Tower represents a high standard of contextual design—fitting very well into the city.

Zifeng Tower

Zifeng Tower, Nanjing

The triangulated, serrated façade treatment is interesting, adding depth and texture to the imposing form while allowing natural ventilation throughout.

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SOM Connected Global News

Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center to Hit the Market in Late Summer

Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center to Hit the Market in Late Summer

18 May 2017, Chicago – The John Hancock Center could be getting a new owner – and maybe even a new name. A…

New Renderings Released for LA’s massive Crossroads of the World Complex

New Renderings Released for LA’s massive Crossroads of the World Complex

16 May 2017, Los Angeles – New renderings of the Crossroads of the World complex in Hollywood have been…

New Observatory Attractions Planned as Part of Renovation of Chicago’s Willis Tower

New Observatory Attractions Planned as Part of Renovation of Chicago’s Willis Tower

23 Mar 2017, Chicago – The owners of Chicago’s tallest building are exploring several thrilling enhancements…

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Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center to Hit the Market in Late Summer
18 May 2017 – Chicago, United States
The John Hancock Center could be getting a new owner – and maybe even a new name. A Chicago-based developer plans to put the tower's office space, parking garage, and…
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New Renderings Released for LA’s massive Crossroads of the World Complex
16 May 2017 – Los Angeles, United States
New renderings of the Crossroads of the World complex in Hollywood have been released. The 132,850-square-meter redevelopment project, currently pegged to cost between $…
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New Observatory Attractions Planned as Part of Renovation of Chicago’s Willis Tower
23 Mar 2017 – Chicago, United States
The owners of Chicago’s tallest building are exploring several thrilling enhancements for the Willis Tower's Skydeck, including a rappelling station and a “Ledgewalk."…
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City Officials Reveal $500 Million Plans to Rejuvenate Chicago’s Willis Tower
1 Feb 2017 – Chicago, United States
City officials have released renderings of proposed improvements for Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building. The $500 million plans include six floors of new retail, an…
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Three-Tower Development Revealed for Downtown Los Angeles
3 Jan 2017 – Los Angeles, United States
LA's Olympia development, proposed for the city’s South Park neighborhood at the junction of Olympic Boulevard and Harbor Freeway, will include a trio of connected high-…
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Office Tower Proposed for Site near Philadelphia City Hall
23 Dec 2016 – Philadelphia, United States
Plans for a tower at 1301 Market Street were announced the week of December 19, with a couple of renderings showing the preliminary version of the design, featuring 78,…
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Work Progressing Atop Beijing’s China World Trade Center Phase 3B
4 Nov 2016 – Beijing, China
Construction has progressed at the China World Trade Center Phase 3B in Beijing, with cladding now well underway at the top of the 59-story tower. The 316-meter supertall…
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New York City’s One World Trade Center Receives LEED Gold Certification
28 Sep 2016 – New York City, United States
The 94-story One World Trade Center was able to achieve LEED Gold certification due to the diverse range of sustainable features that have been incorporated into its…
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Major Tokyo Redevelopment Project Breaks Ground
22 Sep 2016 – Tokyo, Japan
Construction is now underway on SOM’s OH-1 redevelopment project in the Otemachi District of Tokyo. Covering a 20,000-square-meter site, the project constitutes one of…
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292-Meter Skyscraper Proposed for Chicago’s Union Station
9 Sep 2016 – Chicago, United States
An ambitious proposal has been revealed for a 292-meter skyscraper in Chicago. The tower is likely to replace the parking garage located just south of Union Station’s new…
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Downtown Dallas’ JPMorgan Chase Tower Sold for Estimated $285 Million
2 Aug 2016 – Dallas, United States
One of downtown Dallas' biggest skyscrapers now has a new owner. The JPMorgan Chase Tower on Ross Avenue has been purchased by New York-based Fortis Property Group in…
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Jin Mao Tower’s New Skywalk Prepares to Open in Shanghai
27 Jul 2016 – Shanghai, China
A skywalk will soon be opening along the outside of the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower in Lujiazui. It is thought to be the highest fenceless, all transparent walkway…
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Chinese Insurance Group Acquires Stake in Landmarked Manhattan Building
31 May 2016 – New York City, United States
In a deal worth $1.65 billion, a Chinese insurance group has taken a sizable, yet undisclosed, stake in a landmark New York office block. The insurer is now believed to…
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Chicago’s Iconic John Hancock Center Shopping Naming Rights to Fund Plaza Redevelopment
23 May 2016 – Chicago, United States
The owner of Chicago's John Hancock Center is shopping the naming rights for the 47-year-old skyscraper to pay for a proposed $10 million plaza redevelopment. The deal…
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Construction Commenced on Xuhui Vanke Center in Shanghai
26 Apr 2016 – Shanghai, China
Situated next to the Shanghai South Railway Station, phase three of the Xuhui Vanke Center in Shanghai has recently started construction. The architecture of the complex…
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Construction Commences on Belgrade Waterfront’s “Kula Belgrade”
18 Apr 2016 – Belgrade, Serbia
After a groundbreaking ceremony, construction has begun on the Belgrade Waterfront complex’s Kula Belgrade – the tallest hotel and residential building in the master…
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Renderings Released for Manhattan West Skyscrapers in New York City
22 Jan 2016 – New York City, United States
Architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) has released new renderings of Manhattan West – a mixed-use development including a trio of towers that will be built…
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First Rendering Revealed for 1500 Mission Residential Tower in San Francisco
20 Oct 2015 – San Francisco, United States
With backing from developers Related California, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is moving forward with a new 39-story residential tower project at 1500 Mission Street…
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252 East 57th Tops Out in New York
15 Oct 2015 – New York City, United States
Construction has topped out at 252 East 57th Street in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan. The design of the 65-story residential tower features a concave slice…
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Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower Completes in Nanchang
15 Sep 2015 – Nanchang, China
American firm SOM has completed a new tower in Nanchang, China. Rising 56 stories, the Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower is located in Gaoxin, a growing high-tech district,…
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New Renderings Revealed for Related’s 35 Hudson Yards
27 Jul 2015 – New York City, United States
Construction is proceeding swiftly across the entirety of the Eastern Yards within Related’s greater Hudson Yards plan. Now, new renderings for 35 Hudson Yards have been…
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Video Explores Singapore’s Next Tallest Building
8 Jul 2015 – Singapore, Singapore
A video documenting what will be Singapore’s tallest building upon completion has been revealed by developers Guocoland, exploring the 290-meter tower in more detail. The…
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Large Redevelopment Planned for Hollywood’s Famous Crossroads of the World
3 Jun 2015 – Los Angeles, United States
One of Hollywood's most recognizable landmarks is set to become part of a mixed-use development that would weave eight new buildings, plus new retail space, around…
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One World Trade Center Observation Deck Opens in New York
2 Jun 2015 – New York City, United States
One World Trade Center’s observation deck opened May 29, offering breathtaking sights from the nation’s tallest building. At 387 meters, it is now the highest observation…
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“French Spiderman” Scales Dubai’s Cayan Tower
13 Apr 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A daredevil climber known as “French Spiderman” scaled the world’s tallest twisted skyscraper without a safety harness. French climber Alain Robert climbed Dubai's 306-…
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SOM To Design New Egyptian Capital City Near Cairo
16 Mar 2015 – Cairo, Egypt
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill says Egypt’s new $45 billion capital city will be designed and built to meet the needs of a modern city with a burgeoning economy. The new city…
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SOM Designs New Four Seasons In Bahrain
13 Mar 2015 – Manama, Bahrain
The distinguished hotel chain Four Seasons has opened its doors in Bahrain’s capital city Manama in the form of a new tower, becoming the tallest building in the country…
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Chicago’s Willis Tower Said Put Up For Sale
4 Mar 2015 – Chicago, United States
Chicago’s Willis Tower, once the world’s tallest building and one of the city’s top tourist attractions, is up for sale. The owners have hired a brokerage to market the…
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New York’s 252 East 57th Street Rising to Prominence
12 Feb 2015 – New York City, United States
252 East 57th Street’s evolution has taken nearly a decade, but the condominium tower is finally on its way out of the ground. New exterior shots of the building better…
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Permit Filings Reveal Updated Design for New York’s 35 Hudson Yards
30 Jan 2015 – New York City, United States
A new building permit application revealed new designs and programming details for 35 Hudson Yards, the mixed-use tower set to rise at the southeastern corner of 33rd…
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Hyundai Motor Group Plans 100-Story Tower in Seoul
5 Jan 2015 – Seoul, South Korea
A skyscraper standing over 100 stories has been proposed at the former site of Korea Electric Power Corporation's head office in Seoul's Gangnam district. If approved,…
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Work Continues on Jakarta’s Pertamina Tower
5 Jan 2015 – Jakarta, Indonesia
Construction work on Pertamina Tower, Jakarta, which began in January, 2014, is now well underway. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the 530-meter, 99-story net-…
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New York’s One World Trade Center to Complete in November
27 Oct 2014 – New York City, United States
One World Trade Center will welcome its first tenant, publisher Condé Nast, on November 1, according to the building’s real estate firm. This signifies the long-awaited…
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Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Opens Highest Observation Deck in the World
14 Oct 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Burj Khalifa now has the world’s highest observation deck, following the unveiling of a new viewing level on the 148th floor. With its floor at 555.7 meters, it…
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Megatall Tower Planned for Bangkok
14 Oct 2014 – Bangkok, Thailand
The $554 million 615-meter Rama IX Super Tower is set for completion by 2019 on 11.7 hectares of land in the Grand Rama 9 mixed-use development site. The tower will…
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Emaar’s Five-Bedroom High-Rise Penthouse in Dubai Sells for $6.2 Million
29 Sep 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest developer, has sold 72 units in The Address Residence Sky View in Downtown Dubai, with a five-bedroom penthouse selling for Dh $23…
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Tower at New York's 1 Manhattan West to Seek Supertall Status
18 Sep 2014 – New York City, United States
Per a new building permit filed at the New York Department of Building, it has been uncovered that 1 Manhattan West will be just over 300 meters tall, which would achieve…
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One World Trade Center 57 Percent Leased
28 Aug 2014 – New York City, United States
The Durst Organization has signed Australia-based Servcorp, a provider of equipped executive offices and virtual office space, to a 15-year, 3,200-square-meter, full “…
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Mexico City’s Torre BBVA to be Completed in Late 2014
11 Aug 2014 – Mexico City, Mexico
When it’s completed later this year, Torre BBVA Bancomer will become the tallest building in Mexico, standing at 235 meters high. The tower promises to be a new urban…
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Bouygues Construction Wins Contract for London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens
27 Jun 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Bouygues Construction has won its tussle with Kier Construction Corporation for the contract to build Manhattan Loft Gardens, a striking 42-story double-cantilevered…
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John Hancock Center Owners Want to Rock Chicago’s Streets
18 Jun 2014 – Chicago, United States
One of the owners of the John Hancock Center has proposed a glass-enclosed, diamond-shaped structure in front of the skyscraper, in which musicians would entertain crowds…
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SOM Wins Contest for Swedish Skyscraper
18 Jun 2014 – Gothenburg, Sweden
The London office of SOM has beaten four other finalists, including Zaha Hadid and Ian Simpson, in the contest to design one of the tallest buildings in Scandinavia, a…
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Nanchang Twin Towers Mark 100th Topped-Out Supertall Project
13 Jun 2014 – Nanchang, China
The Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza is the 100th supertall (300 meters or higher) building to be topped out or completed around the world. There are now 80…
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Buffalo’s Largely Vacant Tallest Building Slowly Filling Up
5 Jun 2014 – Buffalo, United States
A small consulting firm providing design/build services for the pharmaceutical trade industry has signed a one-year lease to occupy a small office in One Seneca Tower,…
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Several Chicago Skyscrapers Changing Hands
4 Jun 2014 – Chicago, United States
In yet another sign of climbing office building values downtown, Hearn Co. is paying about $375 million for the 57-story Three First National Plaza in Chicago’s Loop and…
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Several Architects Shortlisted for Swedish Skyscraper
28 May 2014 – Gothenburg, Sweden
Concept designs by the five finalists have been revealed in the contest to design one of the tallest buildings in Scandinavia. Zaha Hadid Architects, Ian Simpson…
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Video: Chicago’s John Hancock Center Tilts for Thrills
12 May 2014 – Chicago, United States
Chicago’s John Hancock Center has thrown down the gauntlet when it comes to skyscraper thrills with its newest attraction, Tilt, a window that actually tilts out over the…
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Trump Logo Makes its Way Towards Chicago Skyline
7 May 2014 – Chicago, United States
Despite mixed sentiments from Chicago residents, preparations to install the potentially 20-foot-high (6-meter) Trump logo to the 423-meter, Adrian Smith-designed Trump…
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Video: Daring Duo Leap from World’s Tallest Building
23 Apr 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
In an event that claimed the new Guinness World Record title of Highest Base Jump from the Tallest Building, two men took the jump of a lifetime off the 828-meter Burj…
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Abu Dhabi Offers Least Expensive Office Space Despite Available Wealth
14 Mar 2014 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
A recent report that found Hong Kong and Tokyo to be most expensive cities to rent skyscraper floor-space, also finds the United Arab Emirate cities of Dubai and Abu…
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One World Trade Center in Time's "The Top of America"
6 Mar 2014 – New York, United States
Time published a feature story that shows an up-close perspective of the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center in New York, and the journey…
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New Courthouse Designed for a New Age in San Diego
28 Feb 2014 – San Diego, United States
The strikingly modern SOM-designed San Diego Center, which at 22-stories will become the largest state-run courthouse in California, will leverage the latest high-tech…
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Fog Phenomenon Returns to Transform Dubai Skyline
14 Feb 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Twice a year, weather conditions generate a cloud-like fog that settles between the ground and sky, which creates a heavenly vision of the world’s tallest skyscraper tips…
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Manhattan West Reveals Residential Rendering and Redevelopment Plan
13 Feb 2014 – New York, United States
Brookfield Properties has unveiled images of its 60-story residential tower, as well as plans for the redevelopment of the existing building at 450 West 33rd Street, both…
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Science behind Falling Ice from One World Trade Center
12 Feb 2014 – New York, United States
The ice falling from One World Trade Center and other modern skyscrapers is attributed to advances in the construction of efficient facades that insulate interiors and…
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Manhattan West Breaks Ground, Integrates Infrastructure and Architecture
23 Jan 2014 – New York, United States
In a triumph over transit, Brookfield Properties broke ground on its 501,676 square-meter plan that will span over Penn Station’s rail yard, and will support commercial,…
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Time Warner Plans New Development in Hudson Yards
17 Jan 2014 – New York, United States
Just ten years after the completion of Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, Time Warner Inc. plans to move its headquarters to burgeoning Hudson Yards. The…
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Fairmont Nanjing Opens in Jinao Tower
3 Jan 2014 – Nanjing, China
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Fairmont Nanjing in the Jinao Tower, featuring 359 guestrooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars (including one…
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Dubai’s Record-Breaking Fireworks Show Includes Burj Khalifa
2 Jan 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Always a place where “size matters,” Dubai kicked off 2014 with an appropriately gigantic fireworks display, launching more than 500,000 incendiaries in six minutes. The…
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Ground Broken for Indonesian Supertall
10 Dec 2013 – Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesian energy company Pertamina has started construction of the 530-meter, 99-floor Pertamina Energy Tower project, according to Metro TV News. Commencement of the…
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Hancock Center Considers Tilting Glass Deck Extension
9 Dec 2013 – Chicago, United States
Seeking to boost its visitor levels, Chicago’s John Hancock Center Observatory is considering building The Tilt, a glass-enclosed extension of its 94th-floor viewing area…
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Worst-Kept Secret: Observation Decks Can Generate Huge Revenues
2 Dec 2013 – New York City, United States
A recent article from Crain's New York examines the finer details of the money-earning potential of including observation decks in significant tall-building construction…
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Council's 1 WTC Decision Makes Front Page News
13 Nov 2013 – Chicago, United States
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced on Tuesday, November 12, that it ratified the One World Trade Center's 1,776-foot height. The announcement of…
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CTBUH Affirms One World Trade Center Height
12 Nov 2013 – Chicago, United States
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat convened its Height Committee on November 8th in Chicago to rule on the official height of One World Trade Center in New…
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One World Trade Opens Sales Center
8 Nov 2013 – New York City, United States
As part of a drive to attract commercial tenants, One World Trade Center's developers have opened for viewing a model office on the 63rd floor of the under-construction…
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Eliot Brown Looks Eagerly to Council's November Decision on 1WTC
22 Oct 2013 – New York City, United States
The Wall Street Journal's architecture critic, Eliot Brown, has written an article about One World Trade Center in anticipation of the Council's decision on the tower's…
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Galliard Launches Baltimore Tower
21 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Galliard Homes has officially launched sales for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's curvaceous Baltimore Tower in Canary Wharf. Occupying a section of the city's Crossharbour…
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Chinese Investors Purchase One Chase Manhattan Plaza
21 Oct 2013 – New York City, United States
The Chinese firm Fosun International Ltd., one of the largest private-investment companies in China, has purchased One Chase Manhattan Plaza. Fosun will pay JPMorgan…
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New Hotel Brand Launches Major Global Initiative; Next Stop Singapore
4 Oct 2013 – Singapore, Singapore
glh., a London-based international hotel subsidiary of GuocoLand Leisure Group, has launched a new luxury hotel and private residences brand, Clermont. The Clermont brand…
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SOM Tower Coming to Main Street, Salt Lake City
2 Oct 2013 – Salt Lake City, United States
Illinois-based Cushman & Wakefield is planning a downtown Salt Lake City office building to be located at 111 Main Street. The 24-story tower, designed by Skidmore,…
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Timber Tower Gets Times Treatment
24 Sep 2013 – Chicago, United States
In June, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill released its Timber Tower Research Project, a study of the possibilities of tall wood construction. In a recent story, The New York…
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Norwegian Fund Makes Major Investment in NYC Tower
12 Sep 2013 – New York City, United States
Boston Properties has agreed to sell a 45 percent interest in the ground leasehold interest and tax credits in Times Square Tower to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund…
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Tribune Features CTBUH Reports, Leaders on 1WTC, Vanity Height
10 Sep 2013 – New York City, United States
The front page of today's Chicago Tribune features architecture critic Blair Kamin's article on the ultimate height of the One World Trade Center in New York, drawing on…
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Branding Tall Buildings as Luxurious
6 Sep 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Arabian Business profiles the process of marketing tall buildings in a recent article, including the man responsible for branding the Burj Khalifa. John Brash of Brash…
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SOM Designs Bank HQ in Dubai
4 Sep 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has won the commission to design the Mashreq Bank Headquarters in Dubai. The 32-story office building features a cantilevered volume at the top…
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One Chase Manhattan Plaza on the Market
19 Aug 2013 – New York City, United States
JP Morgan Chase & Co. is selling its former headquarters, the 60-story 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza in lower Manhattan. The tower, containing 2.2 million square feet (204,000…
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SOM to Design Manulife – Brion Energy Tower in Calgary
1 Aug 2013 – Calgary, Canada
Manulife Real Estate announced on Tuesday, July 30, the development of new SOM-designed office tower in Calgary's downtown core. The 27-story, 564,000-square foot (52,…
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Jewel Retailers Flocking to International Gem Tower
25 Jul 2013 – New York City, United States
Extell Development Company and Gulaylar Group have secured tenants for 80 percent of the International Gem tower (IGT) in Manhattan's Diamond District. The Jewelry…
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Tower Attracts Gem Companies With Security Pitch
28 Jun 2013 – New York City, United States
Extell Development Co., one of New York's most prolific developers, is opening a 34-story $750 million skyscraper in Manhattan's Diamond District this week. Extell hopes…
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John Hancock Center Sale Indicates Depreciated Value
27 Jun 2013 – Chicago, United States
San Antonio-based real estate firm The Lynd Co. and its partners closed a deal for 900,000 square feet (83,000 square meters) of space at the 100-story John Hancock…
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Google Takes to the Skies, Courtesy of the Burj
26 Jun 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Google has taken its Street View imagery to the top of the Burj Khalifa, under the direction of Pascal Malite, Street View Program Manager. Google spent three days at the…
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One World Trade Center Identity Crisis
26 Jun 2013 – New York City, United States
The Freedom Tower was renamed the One World Trade Center in 2009, but many are still attached to the original name, according to The Wall Street Journal. Renaming a tower…
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Infinity Tower is Renamed at Opening Ceremonies
11 Jun 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The AED1 billion Infinity Tower has been renamed Cayan Tower, after its developer. The name was chosen to end the confusion with the other two Infinity Towers, in…
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Video: Watch the Climb to the Top
10 Jun 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Photographer Joe McNally recently captured a series of dizzying images from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. He has also released an interesting…
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Dubai's Infinity Tower Completed
5 Jun 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabian developer Cayan Investment & Development will celebrate the inauguration of Dubai's Infinity Tower next Monday, June 10. The 75-story building spirals 90…
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SOM Joins the Timber Tower Party
4 Jun 2013 – Chicago, United States
Skidmore Owings & Merrill has released its Timber Tower research, studying the structural viability of a 42-story mass timber-framed prototype building. The 400-foot…
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Public Library to Form Podium of Baccarat Tower
4 Jun 2013 – New York City, United States
The Donnell Library on West 53rd Street in New York will be rebuilt at the base of Tribeca Associates and Starwood Capital's Baccarat Hotel & Residences tower. Designed…
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New York Times Op-Ed Weighs in on WTC Debate
31 May 2013 – New York City, United States
Thomas Leslie, a professor of architecture at Iowa State University and author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, has contributed his op-ed to The New York Times…
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Beloved Chicago Skyscrapers Come to Life in Animation
24 May 2013 – Chicago, United States
Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and artist Al Boardman has created a short film using motion graphics to honor five of the city's notable tall buildings. His…
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One World Trade Center Tops Out
10 May 2013 – New York City, United States
The final crowning piece has been attached to the roof of One World Trade Center in New York, bringing to a symbolic close a decade-plus process of politics, healing,…
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Viscous Damping Saves Boston Properties $5 million
7 May 2013 – New York City, United States
Boston Properties has completed the structure and envelope of its SOM-designed 250 West 55th Street tower. The company reports that saving $5 million by incorporating an…
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Video: Watching a Sand Storm from the Burj Khalifa
7 May 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan climbed to the top of the 828-meter (2,722-foot) Burj Khalifa last week with plans to photograph the city. When he arrived at the…
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Beacon Rises on One World Trade Center
2 May 2013 – New York City, United States
Today crews are installing the final two sections of the One World Trade Center's 408-foot (124-meter) crowning structure, wihch will bring it to its final architectural…
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Developer Plans Tallest Building in Singapore
2 May 2013 – Singapore, Singapore
Singapore-based developer GuocoLand is planning to build Singapore's tallest building as part of the Tanjong Pagar Centre development. The Guoco Tower will be 290 meters…
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Brookfield Takeover of LA
30 Apr 2013 – Los Angeles, United States
Four of the 10 tallest skyscrapers in Los Angeles will soon be controlled by international real estate company Brookfield Office Properties. The company will become the…
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Hear the Burj Khalifa Creaking in a Storm
17 Apr 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A recent video posted on YouTube of Dubai's Burj Khalifa records what it's like to be in the tower while experiencing the strong winds of a storm. The building, which is…
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Diagonal Tower Exemplifies Skyscraper Efficiency
4 Apr 2013 – Seoul, South Korea
Earth Techling has published a story featuring SOM's Diagonal Tower, which was designed as part of Seoul's Yongsan International Business District (IBD). The 343-meter (1…
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Three-story 1WTC Observation Deck Unveiled to Press
3 Apr 2013 – New York City, United States
Officials developing the observation deck at One World Trade Center provided a preview of the attraction to the press yesterday. The tour will showcase the tower as "the…
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The Man Behind the Burj Khalifa Seeks to Do It Again
1 Apr 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The chairman and founder of real estate giant Emaar Properties, Mohammed Alabbar, is developing plans to build a 1 kilometer-plus tower in Asia. In an extensive interview…
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Baccarat Announces NYC Tower
7 Mar 2013 – New York City, United States
The fine crystal glassware company Baccarat is launching a hotel and condo complex in a 50-story SOM-designed tower in midtown Manhattan. The $523 million luxury hotel…
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Emaar Reveals Twin Hotel Towers
4 Mar 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Developer Emaar Properties has released the design of The Address Residence Sky View, a mixed-use scheme which will include hotels, residences and apartments.…
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Construction Begins on San Francisco's 350 Mission Tower
26 Feb 2013 – San Francisco, United States
After the confirmation of its anchor tenant, construction has begun on San Francisco's first new high-rise office tower in five years, 350 Mission Street. Software…
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Window Washing in New York
31 Jan 2013 – New York City, United States
The latest issue of The New Yorker features an article about the challenges of washing windows in New York City. The article, "Life at the Top," reports that modern…
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Photographer Offers Panoramic Views from Burj Khalifa
29 Jan 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan has produced a 360-degree panorama from the top of the Burj Khalifa, providing stunning views of the Dubai landscape. The image…
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Manhattan West Development Begins Construction
22 Jan 2013 – New York City, United States
The $4.5 billion Manhattan West development, which will be built above part of the West Side Rail Yards, began construction last week. The development will include two…
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Video: One World Trade Escalators
14 Jan 2013 – New York City, United States
Last week's The Weekly Flickr video centered on photos of escalators being hoisted into place in One World Trade Center. The photographer, Scott Lahmers, works as a…
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Video: World’s Tallest Building Celebrates New Year
2 Jan 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, welcomed in the new year with an appropriately Dubai-scale fireworks display. The light show was accompanied by a performance…
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World Trade Center ‘Spire’ Construction Begins Today
12 Dec 2012 – New York City, United States
Construction workers atop One World Trade Center today hoisted into place the first section of a spire that will extend the building to its full architectural height of 1…
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Burj Khalifa Struck by Lightning
11 Dec 2012 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Photos have emerged of a lightning bolt striking the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tallest building in the world was hit during a rare electric storm that passed through the…
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Top Firms Compete to Redevelop Australia Site
30 Oct 2012 – Sydney, Australia
Five international architecture firms, including Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), are vying for the chance to provide master planning…
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Envisioning Grand Central's Revitalization
26 Oct 2012 – New York City, United States
Manhattan's Grand Central Station, which will celebrate its centennial next year, is on the verge of major changes due to Mayor Bloomberg's initiative to increase…
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Willis Tower Exhibit Celebrates Its Omnipresence in the City
19 Oct 2012 – Chicago, United States
A free exhibition of 25 large-scale photographs of Willis Tower made by architectural photographer Mark Ballogg looks to re-examine and revisit the tower's impact on the…
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Photos Released of Burj Khalifa in a Fog
19 Oct 2012 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Daily Mail offers exclusive photos of Burj Khalifa at sunrise rising above an engulfing fog. German photographer Bjoern Lauen captured the images of the 828-meter (…
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Union Station Renovation Ideas Create Dynamic Public Spaces
18 Oct 2012 – New York City, United States
Following the July proposal to remove restrictions on building heights around New York's Grand Central Station, a coalition of architects has produced a series of…
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Top Buyers Tour the Tops of Top Towers
11 Oct 2012 – New York City, United States
Interested parties in New York with enough money, powers of persuasion and impressive social connections have been enjoying rides to the top of under-construction, high…

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CCHRB 2017 Spring Seminar: The Heavy Timber High Rise

8 Jun 2017, Event Invite – This half-day seminar, entitled "The Heavy Timber High Rise – Building Tall with…

CTBUH Leads AIA Orlando Panel Discussion on Urban Sustainability

28 Apr 2017, Event Report – The CTBUH had a significant presence at this year's AIA Conference in Orlando,…

CTBUH 2016 Conference Gold Sponsor

16-21 Oct 2016, Conference Sponsor – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place…

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CCHRB 2017 Spring Seminar: The Heavy Timber High Rise
8 Jun 2017, Chicago – Event Invite
This half-day seminar, entitled "The Heavy Timber High Rise – Building Tall with Wood in the 21st Century," will discuss innovations in using wood materials for high-rise construction.
CTBUH Leads AIA Orlando Panel Discussion on Urban Sustainability
28 Apr 2017, Orlando – Event Report
The CTBUH had a significant presence at this year's AIA Conference in Orlando, convening a panel discussion investigating the sustainability of urban and suburban living patterns.
CTBUH 2016 Conference Gold Sponsor
16-21 Oct 2016 – Conference Sponsor
Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
IIT Professor Wins Research Seed Funding
9 Aug 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Brent Stephens, an associate professor of architectural engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has been awarded the CTBUH’s 2016 Research Seed Funding.
YPC: 2015 Achievements and Event Success
16 Mar 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC held their first meeting of 2016 on March 16 at the offices of SOM to discuss the success of the past events and plans for future initiatives.
Inaugural Steering Committee Meetings in All Three Cities
10-20 Jan 2016 – Event Report
Plans for the 2016 CTBUH Conference are now well underway, beginning with initial meetings of the Conference Steering Committee in all three cities.
Computational Design Technology
19 Nov 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted a presentation and panel discussion focused on the current computational technology tools used today in architecture and how collaboration is enhanced in the profession
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Chicago Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Chicago and its architectural marvels. From recently constructed skyscrapers to the modern marvel of Willis Tower, which held the tallest title for 25 years.
San Francisco Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, San Francisco – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured San Francisco and its architectural marvels, from new construction to old historic buildings.
World Trade Center: One WTC Office Building Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured One World Trade Center Office Building which is the current tallest building in the Americas.
World Trade Center: 3, 4 and 7 Building and Construction Tours
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the World Trade Center: 3, 4 and 7, all of which are in the middle of construction.
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference Gold Sponsor
26-30 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Sponsor
After a post-recession hiatus in tall building construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities are again resurgent.
Panel Handles Mean, Green Questions at Architect @ Work in China
3 Jul 2015, Shanghai – Event Report
As part of its role as a strategic partner of the Architect @ Work China Conference in Shanghai, CTBUH hosted a panel discussion entitled “Greening the Vertical Habitat.”
CTBUH Dubai Leads Tour of Cayan Tower
9 Jun 2015, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Dubai hosted a tour of Dubai's Cayan Tower, situated in the heart of the Dubai Marina. The tour was led by Dean McGrail, a CTBUH representative in UAE, and Director at WSP.
EMI Lead Chicago Tall-Building Study Trip
25-29 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
A group of 20 Belgian real estate professionals traveled to Chicago from May 25-29 to visit several tall buildings, and related developments as part of a CTBUH Belgium study trip.
CTBUH Chicago Talks Tall Timber
25 Feb 2015, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH Chicago and YPC held a lecture entitled “Tall Timber Buildings: Trends and Research” given by Benton Johnson, drawing 90-plus attendees.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Nanjing Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Nanjing – Tour Report
After getting the high speed train from Shanghai, delegates toured the Suning Gulou Ruicheng project, followed by a trip to the rooftop of one of its 250-meter office buildings.
Sinar Mas New Bund Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
Delegates for the Sinar Mas New Bund tour were given presentations by SOM & APP, who described the planning of the complex & the derivation of its organic form from the Magnolia flower.
Jin Mao Tower Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Tour Report
The Jin Mao Tower, adjacent to the conference venue, provided ample opportunity for exploring the lobby, office section, top floor, observation deck, refuge floor & the Grand Hyatt.
Considering the Whole Life Cycle Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
This session brought building environmental performance issues to the forefront in building design, a field that has been criticized in the past for its resource-heavy construction.
AAAS “Future of Cities” Symposium Sees Destiny in Density
15 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
Executive Director Antony Wood, Trustee Bill Baker, and several academic experts on urban issues spoke at the AAAS Annual Meeting on the panel The Future of Cities: Dense or Dispersed?
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 2 No. 4
Dec 2013, Seoul – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 2: Number 4 includes 8 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
CTBUH Affirms One World Trade Center Height of 1776'
12 Nov 2013, Chicago – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Height Committee reached a consensus that One World Trade Center’s height to its architectural top is 1,776 feet (541.3 meters).
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day Two
12 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity
See the highlights from the second day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including The Shard Networking Reception.
CTBUH 2013 London Conference Silver Sponsor
11-13 Jun 2013, London – Conference Sponsor
In the midst of two decades of unprecedented tall building development globally, Europe has increasingly embraced the skyscraper, even in cities seen as “anti-tall.”
Leading Structural Firms Help the Council on LCA Research
Feb 2013, Chicago – CTBUH Research Report
Twelve of the world’s best-known structural engineering firms helped the CTBUH Research Team to perform a fundamental part of its LCA research project.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 11th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
9th World Congress Proceedings Shanghai
Sep 2012, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
The proceedings of the CTBUH 9th World Congress, held in Shanghai from September 19th - 21st 2012, includes all 114 papers in both a hardcover book and a DVD.
China Special Issue of CTBUH Journal
Sep 2012, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
In conjunction with the Shanghai 9th World Congress, CTBUH published a special edition of the Journal that focused on China.
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Conference Gold Sponsor
19-21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
That the 21st Century will be the age of the Asian Skyscraper seems indisputable. Already, the past two decades have witnessed a major shift in tall buildings from west to east.
Sustainability Workshop, Shanghai
18 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Event Report
The CTBUH Tall Buildings and Sustainability Working Group convened the day before the start of the Shanghai Congress to review recent progress and focus on goals for the future.
Climbing the Coast: Tour Report of New Chicago Skyscraper
24 Jul 2012, Chicago – Tour Report
With only two floors left before topping out, the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee organized a tour last week of the Coast at Lakeshore East.
Venice Workshop Explores "Tall on the Water"
3-13 Jul 2012, Venice – Event Report
More than 50 students from eight countries participated this month in the IUAV University of Venice's second annual Venice Tall Building Workshop, Tall on the Water.
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 1 No. 2
Jun 2012, Tokyo – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 1: Number 2 includes 8 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
CTBUH India: High-rise Building Technology
14 Jan 2012, New Delhi – Event Report
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson, of NBBJ, and CTBUH Advisory Group Member Ahmad Abdelrazaq, of Samsung, recently spoke at a CTBUH seminar on building technology.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
3 Nov 2011, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 10th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Gold Sponsor
10-12 Oct 2011, Seoul – Conference Sponsor
This conference aimed to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in the rapidly growing city of Seoul, from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.
2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting
9 Oct 2011, Seoul – Event Report
Tall building industry leaders from around the globe met at the seminal Dongbu Financial Center tower for the 2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting.
New CTBUH Fellows
Jun 2011 – CTBUH News
This year, three individuals are being recognized by the CTBUH for their contribution to the Council over an extended period of time: Ron Klemencic, Brett Taylor & John Zils.
Research, Academic & Postgraduate Working Group Meeting
4 Apr 2011, New York City – CTBUH Research
The third meeting of the CTBUH Research, Academic & Postgraduate Working Group was held in New York City on April 4. The meeting was hosted by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
World Trade Center Tour Report
3 Apr 2011, New York City – Tour Report
Almost ten years after the destruction of the twin towers, we can now see that the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site is in full swing.
Korean Supertall Technologies Research Project
Apr 2011, Seoul – CTBUH Research
The Council has secured research project funding from Korea as part of the establishment of its new research division.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
2010 Mock Firms Skyscraper Challenge
16 Apr 2010, Chicago – Event
Students from all over the US are challenged to assemble a team as a mock firm and design, construct and commercially market a high-rise on an actual existing plot in a city.
CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference Silver Sponsor
3-5 Feb 2010, Mumbai – Conference Sponsor
Rapid urbanization in a developing country such as India over the past decade have resulted in almost 200,000 people migrating from rural to urban regions every day.
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference Silver Sponsor
22-23 Oct 2009, Chicago – Conference Sponsor
Tall Buildings have enjoyed two decades of unprecedented development. That position is now under threat from the twin challenges of global climate change and a severe recession.
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
22 Oct 2009, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 8th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Trump Tower Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
About 22 conference delegates had the opportunity to attend an educational pre-conference tour of Chicago skyline’s newest super-tall tower, the Trump International Hotel & Tower.
John Hancock Center Tour
21 Oct 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
Attendees of the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference were lead by Brian Keaty through the entirety of Chicago's famous John Hancock Center.
CTBUH Trump Tower Tour
29 May 2009, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH staff had a most informative tour of Chicago skyline’s newest feature, the Trump International Hotel & Tower.
2009 Mock Firms Competition
8 May 2009, Chicago – Event
CTBUH staff Antony Wood, Jan Klerks and Philip Oldfield were involved in the reviews of the "Mock Firms National Skyscraper Challenge" organized by Chicago Architecture Today.
IIT and University of Nottingham Design Collaboration
Mar 2009, Chicago – Event Report
Students from the University of Nottingham recently visited Chicago as part of a tall building design studio collaboration with the ‘Remaking of Mumbai’ studio at IIT.
CTBUH 7th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
20 Nov 2008, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 7th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Sustainability Working Group - 2nd Meeting
2 Oct 2008, Chicago – Event Report
Discussions at this meeting centered on the creation of a significant new publication “The CTBUH Guide to Sustainability for Tall Buildings in Urban Environments.”
CTBUH 2008 Dubai Conference Silver Sponsor
3-5 Mar 2008, Dubai – Conference Sponsor
The Congress hosted presentations, seminars and workshops covering virtually every aspect of tall building development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Tour
29 Oct 2007, Chicago – Tour
Lucas Tryggestad of SOM gave an tour of the Trump International Hotel & Tower as part of the design research studio held at the Illinois Institute of Technology by Antony Wood.
CTBUH 5th Annual Awards Dinner Sponsor
26 Oct 2006, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 5th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.
CTBUH 4th Annual Awards Contributor
18 Oct 2005, New York City – Awards Event
The CTBUH 4th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in the Astor Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.
CTBUH 3rd Annual Awards Dinner Table Sponsor
17 Nov 2004, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 3rd Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.
CTBUH 2nd Annual Awards Dinner Gold Sponsor
16 Oct 2003, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 2nd Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.

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Fazlur Khan

Fazlur Khan

CTBUH Chairman, 1979 – 1982
Chicago, United States

William Baker

William Baker

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2008 – 2014
Chicago, United States

Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2015 – Present
Chicago, United States

CTBUH Leaders at SOM

Fazlur Khan

Fazlur Khan

CTBUH Chairman, 1979 – 1982
Chicago, United States

William Baker

William Baker

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2008 – 2014
Chicago, United States

Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2015 – Present
Chicago, United States

Mark Sarkisian

Mark Sarkisian

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1999 – 2015
San Francisco, United States

Craig Hartman

Craig Hartman

CTBUH Awards Jury, 2004
San Francisco, United States

Luke Leung

Luke Leung

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2014 – Present
Chicago, United States

Yue Zhu

Yue Zhu

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2015 – Present
Chicago, United States

Arpan Bakshi

Arpan Bakshi

CTBUH Skyscraper Center Editorial Board, 2014 – 2015
New York City, United States

Neville John Mathias

Neville John Mathias

CTBUH Working Group: Outrigger Design, 2011 – 2012
San Francisco, United States

Javier Arizmendi

Javier Arizmendi

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
San Francisco, United States

Keith Boswell

Keith Boswell

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
San Francisco, United States

Charles Besjak

Charles Besjak

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
New York City, United States

Larry Chien

Larry Chien

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
San Francisco, United States

Gary Haney

Gary Haney

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
New York City, United States

Peter Kindel

Peter Kindel

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Hong Kong, China

Ellen Lou

Ellen Lou

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2012
San Francisco, United States

Brian Lee

Brian Lee

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Chicago, United States

Li Shao

Li Shao

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
New York City, United States

Naifei Sun

Naifei Sun

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Shanghai, China

Douglas Voigt

Douglas Voigt

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2017
Chicago, United States

Brant E. Coletta

Brant E. Coletta

CTBUH Conference, Session Chair, 2016
New York City, United States

Silas Chiow

Silas Chiow

CTBUH Conference, Steering Committee, 2016
Hong Kong, China

Kent Jackson

Kent Jackson

CTBUH Conference, Steering Committee, 2013
London, United Kingdom

George Efstathiou

George Efstathiou

CTBUH Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2014
Chicago, United States

Rupa Garai

Rupa Garai

CTBUH Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2016
San Francisco, United States

Kenneth Lewis

Kenneth Lewis

CTBUH Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2015
New York City, United States

Michael Pfeffer

Michael Pfeffer

CTBUH China Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2016
Chicago, United States

Austin Devin

Austin Devin

CTBUH IJHRB Research Journal, 2017
New York City, United States

Tobias Fast

Tobias Fast

CTBUH IJHRB Research Journal
Vancouver, Canada

Hal Iyengar

Hal Iyengar

CTBUH Advisory Group, 1985 – 1998
San Francisco, United States

Philip Enquist

Philip Enquist

CTBUH International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel, 2012
Chicago, United States

Nicholas Holt

Nicholas Holt

CTBUH International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel, 2012
New York City, United States

John Zils

John Zils

CTBUH Awards Jury, 2005
Chicago, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving SOM

Award Winners & Finalists

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

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Fellow

China Award Honorable Distinction

2016 Awards - Session 1 Q&A

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Chair: Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects

2016 Awards - Session 2 Q&A

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Chair: David Malott, KPF

Design for All Scales: Wuhan Tiandi

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Ellen Lou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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Effects of Perimeter to Core Connectivity on Tall Building Behavior

Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1
Charles Besjak, Preetam Biswas, Georgi I. Petrov, et al., Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The Rational Optimization and Evolution of the Structural Diagonal Aesthetic in Supertall Towers

1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4
Charles Besjak, Preetam Biswas & Tobias Fast, SOM

Alternatives to Supertall Super-Density: Human-Scaled Neighborhoods Within the Megacity

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Albert Chan, Shui On Group

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Videos

2016 Awards - Session 1 Q&A
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Chair: Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Koon Hean Cheong, CEO, Housing and Development Board of Singapore; Benjamin Romano, Founding Principal, LBR&A Architectos; Pete Rose, Senior Associate, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU; and Ellen Lou, Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings &…
2016 Awards - Session 2 Q&A
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Chair: David Malott, KPF
Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Joseph Chou, Chairman, Taipei Financial Center Corporation; Mark Sarkisian, Partner of Structural Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Rupa Garai, Structural Engineering Associate,…
Design for All Scales: Wuhan Tiandi
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Ellen Lou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The Wuhan Tiandi Site A master plan is none other than a social triumph, an unprecedented exercise in transforming a core area of one of China’s largest interior cities. The plan wisely incorporates a variety of elements at all heights, from the…
Innovations in Building Performance and Resiliency: Pin-Fuse Seismic Systems
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Rupa Garai, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Throughout history, it has been proven time and again that the simplest innovations can often offer the greatest and widest ranging impact. This is certainly the case of the Pin-Fuse Seismic System, which has the capability of significantly improving…
Interview: Wuhan Tiandi
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Ellen Lou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Ellen Lou, Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the 2016 CTBUH Urban Habitat Award Winner, Wuhan Tiandi Site A, Wuhan, during the 2016 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois…
Interview: Pin-Fuse Seismic System
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Mark Sarkisian & Rupa Garai, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Mark Sarkisian, Partner of Structural Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Rupa Garai, Structural Engineering Associate, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the 2016 CTBUH Innovation Award Winner, Pin-Fuse…
Panel Discussion: Shenzhen Re-centralization – Post Evaluation and Revitalization Strategy: Futian District
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Zhizhe Yu, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen, Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang, Shenzhen Public Art Center; Naifei Sun, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Felix Wu, Ping An Financial C
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Zhizhe Yu of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Yixin Chen of Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau; Weiwen Huang of Shenzhen Public Art Center; Naifei Sun of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Felix Wu of Ping An…
Megacities - Setting the Scene Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH; Peter Kindel, Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Daniel Safarik, CTBUH; Peter Kindel, Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners, answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session 2b: Megacities - Setting the Scene
The Largest Megacity in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Peter Kindel, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
With the world’s urban population expected to increase by roughly 2.5 billion people by 2050, developing an understanding of megalopolises is critical to understanding and shaping this trend. The Pearl River Delta, with over 55 million people, is one…
CTBUH Video Interview – Peter Kindel
17 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Peter Kindel, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Peter Kindel of Skidmore, Owings & Merill is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Peter discusses the urbanization of the Pearl River Delta and strategies to mitigate environmental impacts caused by continued growth…
Interview: One World Trade Center
12 Nov 2015 – 2015 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Kenneth A. Lewis, Owings & Merrill; & Yoram Eilon, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Chicago, IL. Kenneth A. Lewis, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, & Yoram Eilon, Senior Vice President, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Building Americas Winner, One World…
A New Icon for an Evolving City: One World Trade Center, New York City
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; Yoram Eilon, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; Kenneth Lewis, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Yoram Eilon, Senior Vice President, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Kenneth Lewis, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, speak at the 14th Annual Best Tall Building Symposium in a presentation entitled "A New Icon for an Evolving City: One…
2015 Awards - Session 3 Q&A
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH
Yoram Eilon, Seinor Vice President, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Kenneth Lewis, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Hin Kong Poon, Deputy Chief Development Officer, CapitaLand Limited, Shinichi Takeuchi, Chief Architect, Toyo Ito &…
Mediating Scale, Performance and Iconicity: A 21st Century Supertall Tower for Guiyang
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Kai Li, Zhongtian Urban Development Group; Colin Koop, SOM
A series of challenging site constraints prompted an innovative structural solution for the Guizhou Culture Plaza Tower (GCP), through which a new performance-based expression was created for Guiyang’s skyline. This presentation explores the…
The Fifth Façade: Designing Nature into the City
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Richard Cook, COOKFOX Architects
New York’s most iconic buildings, the early 20th-Century high rises, were designed as aspirational symbols of urban life with carefully sculpted forms that mediate between the great height of the structure and life at street level. These stepped…
2015 New York Conference - Session 1a - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2015 New York Conference Session 1a Questions & Answers session with speakers Scott Duncan, SOM, Greg Yager, RTKL, and Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates.
Macro-Policy to Micro-Implementation: Responses to China’s Inward Migration in Guiyang’s City Center
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates
This presentation explores the nature of investment in China’s interior as a result of the 12th Five-Year Plan’s imperative towards medium-size western cities and away from the major coastal mega-cities, a marked change in migration patterns from the…
Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Scott Duncan, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The acute global concern about resource depletion is driving a reconsideration of the tall building typology. Expectations for energy and material efficiencies are ever increasing - particularly for a highly-engineered building type like the…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: The World’s Tallest Twisting Tower: Cayan Tower
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; George Efstathiou, SOM
The Cayan Tower is a luxury apartment building with a striking helical shape, turning 90 degrees over the course of its height. Each floor is identical in plan, but is set 1.2 degrees clockwise from the floor below, giving the tower a distinctive…
Interview: Cayan Tower
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; William Baker & George J. Efstathiou, SOM
Thursday 6th November 2014. Chicago, IL. William Baker & George Efstathiou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Award winner, the Cayan Tower, during the 2014 CTBUH Awards…
21st Century Metropolis and the System Thinker
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The world is accelerating into the 21st century and will continue to be stressed by population increase. The metropolis must be part of the solution since 75% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Status quo design will not provide…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 08 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 08 Questions & Answers session with speakers Antony Wood, CTBUH / IIT / Tongji University; Luke Leung, SOM; and Christopher Drew, AS+GG.
Monthly Video: Five Minutes with Luke Leung
17 Sep 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Luke Leung, Director, SOM
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Luke Leung of SOM is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Luke talks about China's current climate crisis and what is being done…
Interview: Luke Leung
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Luke Leung, Director, SOM
Wednesday 17th September 2014. Shanghai, China. Luke Leung of SOM is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Luke talks about China's current climate crisis and what is being done…
Embodied Carbon in Our Future Cities
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Innovative planning for cities of the future is essential. Cities are the solution to responsible habitation as issues of the environment gain increasing importance. Even early at planning stages, cities, districts, parcels, and buildings can be…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 04 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 04 Questions & Answers session with speakers Don Davies, MKA; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Dario Trabucco, CTBUH / Iuav University of Venice; Mic Patterson, Enclos; and Maurice Hermens, Royal…
Interview: Mark Sarkisian
16 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Mark Sarkisian, SOM
Mark Sarkisian of SOM is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Mark discusses sustainability of the urban habitat.
What Techniques Will Define Next Generation Tall Buildings?
May 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Aybars Asci, SOM; Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Hafid Rakem, Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Massimo Roj, Progetto CMR; Mark Sarkisian, SOM;…
What is the Single Biggest Challenge in Constructing a Mile-high Tower?
Mar 2013 – Monthly Video Series; William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung
Industry leaders answering this question include: William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.; and Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung.
What is the Key to Making Modern Tall Buildings "Liveable"?
Feb 2013 – Monthly Video Series; What is the Key to Making Modern Tall Buildings "Liveable"?; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Christoph Ingenhoven, Ingenhoven Architects; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ma Yansong, MAD Architects; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Aybars Asci, SOM; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti;…
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Al Hamra Tower: The Sculpted Tower
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Mark Sarkisian & Aybars Asci, SOM
The Al Hamra Firdous Tower was intended to stand as an icon to symbolize national pride, while also providing highly leasable office space. To successfully create the delicate form of the tower and unique spaces within, extensive structural…
A 21st Century Vision for Chinese Cities
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Ellen Lou, SOM
This session presents an overview of contemporary city planning in China and addresses a range of challenges facing urban areas today: rapid urbanization, energy demands, air pollution, water shortages, traffic congestion, real estate dynamics, and…
Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Brian Lee & William Baker, SOM
The rapid development of Chinese cities has provided unique opportunities to create architecture that either responds to its context or, in the case of emerging cities, creates new urban identities. These opportunities have yielded some of the most…
Track 1: The China Context for Tall Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
The Track 1 panel consisting of: Junjie Zhang, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI); Brian Lee & William Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Chicago; and Ole Scheeren, Büro Ole Scheeren, take questions from delegates.
Interview: Jin Mao Tower
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; William Baker, SOM
William Baker of SOM is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. William discusses the Jin Mao Building and it's place in the history of the Chinese skyscraper.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Dinner
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2011
The 10th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2011 “Best Tall Building Overall” award went to KfW Westarkade in Frankfurt, Germany. The…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 26: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Charles Besjak, SOM; Taejin Kim, Chang Minwoo Structural Consultants;; Han-Soo Kim, Konkuk University; Mike Stein, Fire Command Consultants; Byeong Goo Lee, SsangYong Engineering & Construction Company
Question & Answers session for Track Session 26.
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 18: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ji Young Kim, Daewoo E&C; Mark Sarkisian, SOM; Leslie Robertson & Saw Teen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates;; James Von Klemperer, Kohn Pedersen Fox David Paul McLean, Lotte Engineering & Construction; Charles D. Clift, Curtain Wall Design and Consulting; Jungmyon Francis Lee, BAUM Architects
Question & Answers session for Track Session 18.
One World Trade Center: A New Icon Rises at Ground Zero
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Nicholas Holt, SOM
Nicholas Holt from SOM New York presents on re-establishing the culture grid after the effects of September 11th. He speaks on the master plan, how 7 World Trade Center was built as quickly as possible and how it served as a precedent to One World…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 21: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Feifei Sun, Tongji University; Peter de Jong, Delft University of Technology; Nicholas Holt, SOM;; Harry Poulos, Coffey Geotechnics; Hatice Sozer, Energy Institute, Istanbul Technical University; Kevin Peddie, Windtech Consultants; Hiroatsu Fukuda, The University of Kitakyushu
Question & Answers session for Track Session 21.
Architecture Towards Net Zero and Beyond
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Mustafa K. Abadan & Luke Leung, SOM
This lecture focuses on building energy strategies as holistic systems. It explores natural and vernacular models to inform contemporary strategies.
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 01: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; William F. Baker, SOM; Ghang Lee, Yonsei University; Chee Kyeong Kim, Sunmoon University; Kermin Chok, Meinhardt; Young Sang Cho, Hanyang University
Question & Answers session for Track Session 01.
Busan Lotte Tower: Integrating Programmatic and Structural Strategies
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Brant E. Coletta & Charles Besjak, SOM
Standing at over 510 meters with 107 floors, the Busan Lotte Town Tower will play a pivotal role in representing the city of Busan as the new gateway of East Asia. The triangular tower is organized to maximize floor efficiency for each program while…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 07: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Jae-Weon Jeong, Sejong University; Nicholas Holt, SOM; Seongsil Kim, LG Electronics Inc; John Sullivan-Fedock, University of Pennsylvania; Chaanah Bahk, SK Engineering & Construction; Yasser Mahgoub, Qatar University, Qatar
Question & Answers session for Track Session 07.
Al Hamra Firdous Tower
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Aybars Asci & Mark Sarkisian, SOM
Aybars Asci specializes in the design implementation of complex commercial and institutional projects. He presents on the Al Hamra Firdous Tower.
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 08: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Sabah Al-Rayes, PACE; Hyo Seon Park, Yonsei University; Rhys Williams, Honeywell; ; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T; Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Jey Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; William Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Question & Answers session for Track Session 08.
Tall Tales: Interrogating the typology of the Tall Building
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Mark Sarkisian, SOM
The ongoing and ubiquitous project of modernism has acclimated humanity to the universality of the tall building as a type. Transformations and mutations of the type have emerged subsequently - including tall buildings essentially without programs,…
Hypertowers: Integrated Design Concepts for the 21st Century Skyscraper
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; William Baker Skidmore, SOM
William F. Baker speaks on hypertowers at the 2011 Seoul Conference and design concepts for the 21st century.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Dinner
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2010
The 9th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. In a surprise move the CTBUH announced that the Burj Khalifa had won the inaugural new "Global Icon"…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: Burj Khalifa: A New Typology for Tall Buildings
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; William Baker & George J. Efstathiou, SOM
The Burj Khalifa’s unprecedented height required substantial innovation in design techniques, building systems, and construction processes. The building reaches its incredible height in a graceful and beautiful form, Y-shaped in plan and carefully…
Supertalls: The Next-Generation
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; William Baker, SOM
With the completion of the Burj Dubai, one is left to question: how much higher can we go? Undoubtedly, the lessons learned during the design and construction of Burj Dubai will inform the development of the next generation of supertalls. Equally…
Sustainable Strategies for High-Rise Buildings
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Russell Gilchrist, SOM
High rise buildings present opportunities for passive and active sustainable strategies that are not so readily available to their less tall counterparts. This presentation demonstrates through Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s current project work how…
Interview: Broadgate Tower
23 Oct 2009 – 2009 Chicago Conference Interviews; Timothy Poell, SOM
Timothy Poell of SOM is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Timothy discusses The Broadgate Tower project in London which is the CTBUH 2009 Best Tall Building Europe winner…
Towards Zero Energy in China - Pearl River Tower
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Russell Gilchrist, SOM
The Pearl River Tower was conceived as a ‘net zero energy’ operating skyscraper i.e. it would generate enough energy to offset its own demand. With the tower nearing completion now, that ambition will not be fully realized, in part due to the…
Session 8 - Developing Markets: Trends, Drivers, Challenges Q & A
23 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
The Session S8 speaker panel consisting of: Mun Summ Wong, Founding Partner, WOHA, Singapore; Russell Gilchrist, Practice Leader, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; and Ramana Rachaprolu, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, took questions…
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards
22 Oct 2009 – Awards Symposium & Dinner Videos; Dinner 2009
The CTBUH named the Linked Hybrid building as the 2009 Best Tall Building Overall at the 8th Annual Awards Dinner, held at Crown Hall in Chicago. There were also four Regional Tall Building Winners awarded on the night – Manitoba Hydro Place won the…
2009 Best Tall Building Award Winners: Broadgate Tower, London, UK
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Timothy Poell, SOM
Timothy Poell, SOM presents at the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference. Each year the CTBUH recognizes excellence in tall building design and construction by conferring international Best Tall Building Awards. In this special session we gain an insight…
Engineering the World’s Tallest
4 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; William Baker, D. Stanton Korista & Lawrence C. Novak, SOM
William Baker, SOM, talked about the structural engineering of Burj Dubai at the CTUH 8th Wrold Congress in Dubai. He mentioned that the goal of the Burj Dubai Tower was not simply to be the world’s highest building; but to embody the world’s highest…
Towards Zero Energy: Case Study of the Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Roger Frechette & Russell Gilchrist, SOM
Roger Frechette, SOM talked about the meaning of ‘carbon neutral’ in the context of building design at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. The presentation examined the challenges of achieving a net zero energy building, both from an energy…
SkySourced Sustainability: How Supertall Buildings can Benefit from Height
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle, SOM
Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle of SOM presented additional sources of sustainability to the existing source of energy-the earth and the near-grade environment at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Beyond solar and wind, designers do not usually…
Tapered and Twisted Towers
26 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; William Baker, SOM
William Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; reviews the structural challenges and opportunities of several tapered and twisted projects, offers solutions to the challenges and examines the expression of these solutions at the CTBUH 2006 Chicago…

Papers/Research

Effects of Perimeter to Core Connectivity on Tall Building Behavior
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; Charles Besjak, Preetam Biswas, Georgi I. Petrov, et al., Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
The Pertamina Energy Tower (PET) and Manhattan West North Tower (MWNT) are two supertall towers recently designed and engineered by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The structural system for both buildings consists of an interior reinforced concrete…
The Rational Optimization and Evolution of the Structural Diagonal Aesthetic in Supertall Towers
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4; Charles Besjak, Preetam Biswas & Tobias Fast, SOM
In the design of supertall towers, engineers often find the conventional frame systems used in countless buildings in the past decades incapable of providing the required form, performance and constructability demanded by supertall heights. The…
Alternatives to Supertall Super-Density: Human-Scaled Neighborhoods Within the Megacity
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Albert Chan, Shui On Group
The explosive urban growth of China has defied almost every prior notion of human scale. Considering the fact that the nation has more than 150 cities of 1 million or more people, and plans to move some 250 million additional people into cities in…
Shenzhen Shum-Yip Tower One: A Case Study – A-E Integration – A Broad New Vision
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Charles Besjak, Gary Haney, Preetam Biswas & Chung Yeon Won, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Conventional legacy systems in the design of supertall towers employ belt trusses, outriggers, and perimeter-bracing to achieve the required tower performance at the expense of open architecture. The Ladder-Core System developed at SOM presents a…
Structural Design Considerations and Challenges for Busan’s Haeundae Resort Complex
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Kwang Ryang Chung, Dong Yang Structural Engineers
In the early twentieth century, many countries were obsessed with high-rise buildings taller than 100 stories, and Korea was swept up in the challenge to build high-rise buildings. However, the effects of the economic recession in the USA caused many…
Next-Generation Supertall Tower Form Determinants: A Study of the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Brian Lee, William Baker, Inho Rhee & Ronald Johnson, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
This paper puts forth the elements of an integrated design approach to mixed-use supertall towers that is based on rationally creative strategies that encourage efficiency, functionality, and beauty. SOM’s Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Finance Centre…
Climate-Responsive Exterior Enclosure Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Keith Boswell & Michael Duncan, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
In this paper, three different solutions in three different regions of China illustrate best practices for the design and execution of optimized building enclosure systems. Poly International Plaza in Beijing features a dual-wall enclosure that is…
SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM
China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been practicing in China for more than two decades,…
Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers
The CTBUH 2016 International Conference is being held in the three cities of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest “megacity,” projected to have 120 million inhabitants by 2050. The conference brings together some of the leading thinkers on…
Megacities: Design Challenges and Responses
17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Scott Duncan & Philip Enquist, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
As this issue and the International Conference are focused on the megacity phenomenon, this edition of Talking Tall features two people who have designed tall buildings, large projects, and entire urban areas in some of the world’s largest and most…
SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth
17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been practicing in China for more than two decades,…
Design Considerations for Concrete High-Rise Buildings
Sep 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 3; Kwangryang Chung & Chulho Park, Dongyang Structural Engineers Co., Ltd; Dohun Kim, POSCO E&C
Busan’s Haeundae Resort project, which is currently being constructed by POSCO E&C, comprises the 101-story Landmark Tower and two 85-story residential towers. Presently, foundation and basement construction is complete, with a final completion date…
Mechanical Amplification of Relative Movements in Damped Outriggers for Wind and Seismic Response Mitigation
Mar 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 1; Neville Mathias, Francesco Ranaudo, and Mark Sarkisian, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The concept of introducing viscous damping devices between outriggers and perimeter columns in tall buildings to provide supplementary damping and improve performance, reduce structural costs, and increase available usable area was developed and…
Mediating Scale, Performance and Iconicity: A 21st Century Supertall Tower for Guiyang
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd; Charles Besjak, Daniel Cashen & Colin Koop, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
A series of challenging site constraints prompted an innovative structural solution for the Guizhou Culture Plaza Tower (GCP), through which a new performance-based expression was created for Guiyang’s skyline. A design solution that values…
Macro-Policy to Micro-Implementation: Responses to China’s Inward Migration in Guiyang’s City Center
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Thomas Balsley, Thomas Balsley Associates; Daniel O'Shaughnessy & Collin Koop, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd
Investment in China’s interior has shifted as a result of the 12th Five-Year Plan’s imperative towards medium-size western cities and away from the major coastal mega-cities, which marks a change in migration patterns typical of the past three…
Guiyang World Trade Center: An Essay on the Concrete Tube Structure
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Scott Duncan, Brant Coletta & Rami Abou-Khalil, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Yuping Luo, Zhongtian Urban Development Group Co., Ltd
The acute global concern about resource depletion is driving a reconsideration of the tall-building typology. Expectations for energy and material efficiencies are always increasing – particularly for a highly-engineered building type like the…
The Promise of Public Realm: Urban Spaces in the Skyscraper City
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects
This paper will reveal the importance of integrating the Ground Plane, Mid-Level and Rooftop Urban Public Spaces in the City. We will explore the NYLON New York/London axis of Urban Design, with London now emerging as a 21st C skyscraper city with…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg; the cobbled cortile of Siena; the delicate mashrabiya of Cairo – and there was a…
The Fifth Façade: Designing Nature into the City
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Rick Cook & Jared Gilbert, COOKFOX Architects
New York’s most iconic buildings, the early 20th-Century high rises, were designed as aspirational symbols of urban life with carefully sculpted forms that mediate between the great height of the structure and life at street level. These stepped…
Three-dimensional Exterior Bracing Systems for Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Rupa Garai, Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias & Andrew Krebs, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
The use of outriggers with and without belt trusses has become an expedient of choice for harnessing the three dimensional potential of tall buildings to resist lateral loads. Outrigger components typically link core structures to perimeter…
Sustainable Buildings - or Sustainable Cities?
Jun 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 2; Mark Schwettmann, SOM
China's rapidly growing cities offer a unique opportunity to create highly sustainable communities. Architects and their clients, typically real estate developers, are highly focused on strategies that are effective at reducing energy and water usage…
“C.I.T.I.E.S.” of the Future: Sinar Mas Center as Exemplar
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Toon Ming Chua, Sinar Mas Group - APP China; Eric Schall, SOM
In a rapidly transforming environment, vertical urbanism seems to be the direction most developed and developing nations are pursuing as a result of the demands of mass urbanization. The challenge of this paper is to move the dialogue about high-…
21st Century Metropolis and the System Thinker
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Stephen D. Ray & Luke Leung, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The world is accelerating into the 21st century and will continue to be stressed by population increase. The metropolis must be part of the solution since 75% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Status quo design will not provide…
Embodied Carbon in Our Future Cities
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Mark Sarkisian & David Shook, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Innovative planning for cities of the future is essential. Cities are the solution to responsible habitation as issues of the environment gain increasing importance. Even early at planning stages, cities, districts, parcels, and buildings can be…
Case Study: Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; Richard Tomlinson II, William Baker, Luke Leung, et al. Skidmore Owings & Merrill
SOM’s design for the 71-story Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China, was selected in a 2005 competition. The 309-meter-tall high-performance building was designed with energy efficiency as its top priority.
Low-energy Tall Buildings? Room for Improvement as Demonstrated by New York City Energy Benchmarking Data
1 Dec 2013 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 2 Number 4; Luke Leung & Stephen D. Ray, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
This paper proposes a framework for understanding the energy consumption differences between tall and low-rise buildings. Energy usage data from 706 office buildings in New York illustrates expected correlations from the framework. Notable…
Insider’s View on Navigating Approval Process for Buildings in China
Oct 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III; Brian Lee, SOM
Brian Lee, lead designer for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, discusses the complexities of designing buildings in China and the challenges of the approval process.
Case Study: Greenland's Suzhou Center, Wujiang
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III; Ross Wimer, William Baker, Mark Nagis & Aaron Mazeika, SOM
At 358 meters, Greenland Group Suzhou Center marks the Wujiang waterfront with an aerodynamic form that has a unique presence, while accommodating its program with economy and efficiency. The design incorporates passive ventilation techniques through…
Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall Building Design
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Brian Lee, William Baker & Luke Leung, SOM
The rapid development of modern Chinese cities has provided designers and developers with unique opportunities to create architecture that either responds to its existing context or creates entirely new urban identities.
A 21st Century Vision for Chinese Cities
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Philip Enquist, SOM
This overview of contemporary city planning in China will address a range of challenges facing urban areas today: rapid urbanization, energy demands, air pollution, water shortages, traffic congestion, real estate dynamics, and declines in local…
The Al Hamra Firdous Tower
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Aybars Asci & Mark Sarkisian, SOM
Al Hamra Firdous Tower, rising 412 meters and scheduled for completion in fall 2011, will be the tallest structure in Kuwait. A new landmark, this supertall expresses a remarkable visual dynamism, with concrete shear walls, spiraling around a central…
Case Study: One World Trade Center
Oct 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue III; Kenneth Lewis & Nicholas Holt, SOM
The world knows what happened in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. The twin towers of the World Trade Center and several other buildings were damaged or destroyed, and more than 3,000 people were killed. The ground smoldered for months.
Organic and Natural Forms in Building Design
May 2010 – ASCE/SEI 2010 Structures Congress; Mark Sarkisian, Peter Lee, Eric Long & David Shook, SOM
Safe, efficient structural forms are abundant in nature. The challenge, however, is to quantify these forms and to derive behavior that is adaptable, constructible and cost effective. Three conceptual structural systems are considered which exemplify…
Performance Based Seismic Design of a 75-Story Buckling Restrained Slender Steel Plate Shear Wall Tower
May 2010 – ASCI/SEI Structures Congress; Sam Lee & Yun Liao, Guangzhou Scientific Computing Consultants; Dasui Wang, ECADI; Neville Mathias, SOM
The Jinta Tower is a 75-story building located in Tianjin, China, with slender steel plate shear walls (SPSW) used as the primary lateral load resisting system. Construction detail, method and schedule constraints result in the steel plates being…
Jinao Tower – The Design Integration of Structural Efficiency
1 Jan 2010 – Munich Tall Building Conference 2010; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Eric Long & C. Keith Boswell, SOM
The 56 story, 232 m tall Jinao Tower in Nanjing, China, is a next-generation tower which maximizes performance, efficiency, and occupant experience. Its faceted form is derived from the juxtaposition of an innovative double-skin façade and an…
Proposed Methodology To Determine Seismic Performance Factors For Steel Diagrid Framed Systems
Jan 2010 – 13th U.S. Japan Workshop; William Baker, Charles Besjak, Mark Sarkisian et al., SOM
This paper presents a proposed methodology for the reliable determination of seismic performance factors for steel diagrid framed seismic force-resisting systems.
Case Study: Trump International Hotel & Tower
Aug 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue III; William Baker & Richard F. Tomlinson, SOM; Paul James, Bovis Lend Lease; Andrew Weiss, The Trump Organization
Chicago, a city known worldwide for its tall buildings, welcomed a new supertall tower to its skyline this year. Bookended by the 442-meter (1,450-foot) Sears Tower to the south and the 344-meter (1,128-foot) John Hancock Center to the north.
Performance-Based Evaluation for the 450m Nanjing Greenland Financial Center Main Tower
May 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue II; Charles M. Besjak, Brian J. McElhatten & Preetam Biswas, SOM
In order to obtain seismic review approval for the Nanjing State-Owned Assets & Greenland Financial Center's Main Tower, one of the tallest structures in the world to date, enjanced design measures and performance-based evaluations were utilized.
New Frontiers in the Design of Integrated Exterior Wall Systems
1 Jan 2009 – ASCESEI 2009; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Eric Long & Peter Lee, SOM
How do we see structures? Frames decorated with exterior walls? Some of these walls are quite fancy, using expensive materials to create a desired aesthetic often responding with color and geometry to particular site conditions or sometimes simply…
Optimization Tools for the Design of Structures
Jan 2009 – ASCESEI 2009; Mark Sarkisian, Eric Long, Chung-Soo Doo & David Shook, SOM
Structural optimization has attracted increasing interest in the building industry, especially in the design of high-rise buildings. By selectively distributing structural members in a building, the efficiency of the resulting design can be optimized…
Steel Plate Shear Walls, Efficient Structural Solution for Slender High-rise in China
Jul 2008 – Seismic Engineering international Conference 2008; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Eric Long & Zhihui Huang, SOM
The 329.6 meter tall 74-story Jinta Tower in Tianjin, China, is expected, when complete, to be the tallest building in the world with slender steel plate shear walls used as the primary lateral load resisting system. With an overall aspect ratio…
Engineering the World’s Tallest - Burj Bubai
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; William F. Baker, D. Stanton Korista & Lawrence C. Novak, SOM
The goal of the Burj Dubai Tower is not simply to be the world’s highest building; it’s to embody the world’s highest aspirations.
Fire Protection Strategies for an Energy Efficient High- Rise Building
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Fang Li, James Antell & Martin Reiss, RJA
The Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China features numerous design strategies to reduce energy demand, which include among others vertical axis wind turbine and radiant ceiling cooling system.
Case Study: Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Roger E. Frechette III & Russell Gilchrist, SOM
This paper will attempt to both define what is meant by ‘carbon neutral’ in the context of building design as well as using the case study to demonstrate how such an approach might be achieved it examines the challenges of achieving a net zero energy…
How Supertall Buildings Can Benefit From Height
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle, SOM
Utilizing the earth and near-grade environment as a source of energy has historically been a common practice. Beyond solar and wind, designers do not usually look towards the sky as the source of additional benefits.
Sculpted High-rise The Al Hamra Tower
Nov 2007 – Structural Engineers World Congress 2007; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Aaron Mazeika & et al, SOM
At 412m tall on completion, the Al Hamra Tower is set to be amongst the tallest buildings in the world. Setting it apart from other super high-rise buildings is its unique sculpted form.
Burj Dubai Stack Effect - Passive Stack Effect Mitigation Measures in the Design of the World's Tallest Building
Nov 2007 – CTBUH Journal, Fall 2007; Peter A. Weismantle & Luke Leung, SOM
The purpose of this paper is to outline the challenges related to stack effect faced by the Burj Dubai design team and to describe the measures taken to mitigate them. The writer hastens to add that this process is still ongoing and will continue…
Jin Mao Tower’s Influence on China’s New Innovative Tall Buildings
May 2006 – 2006 International Seminar of Design and Construction Technologies of Super High-Rise Buildings; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Eric Long & Aaron Mazeika, SOM
The 56 story, 232 m tall Jinao Tower in Nanjing, China, is a next-generation tower which maximizes performance, efficiency, and occupant experience. Its faceted form is derived from the juxtaposition of an innovative double-skin façade and an…
Bridging the gap: An analysis of proposed evacuation links at height in the World Trade Centre design competition entries
Oct 2005 – CTBUH New York 7th World Congress 2005; Antony Wood & Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
This paper analyses the skybridge links of the numerous re-design proposals for the World Trade Centre Towers, with the aim of establishing their advantages and how they could be incorporated into tall building design in the future.
Full-Scale Validation of Finite Element Models for Tall Buildings
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; William F. Baker, SOM
This paper overviews the monitoring program and then specifically focus on the finite element modeling of each of the buildings in the study. The paper will then present a sampling of the periods and damping ratios observed in full-scale under a…
Bridging the Gap: Proposed Evacuation Links at Height in the World Trade Center Design Entries
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Antony Wood & Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
This paper proposes to analyse in detail the skybridge links of the WTC replacement designs – impact on evacuation, structure, façade, tower operation etc – with the aim of establishing the advantages of such linkages, and how these could be…
The Wind Engineering of the Burj Dubai Tower
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Peter Irwin, RWDI
The Burj Dubai tower will be the world’s tallest building by a wide margin when completed. Wind is the dominant lateral load and thus governed many aspects of the architectural and structural design. In order to optimize the design for wind an…
Integration of Design and Construction of the Tallest Building in Korea
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T; William F. Baker, SOM; Kwang R. Chung, Dong Yang Structural Engineers
Tower Palace III was conceived as a 93-story residential tower soaring 320 meters into Seoul’s skyline. However, concerns of the local residents and authorities over the building height resulted in a 73-story tower with the same gross floor area.
Elements of the Tall Building 2004
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Brian Douglas Lee, SOM
" The design of tall buildings has always centered about desires for maximizing development rights, individual and corporate ego, and civic pride." Brian Douglas Lee of SOM writes on the elements that makes a tall building in 2004.
The World’s Tallest Building, Burj Dubai, U.A.E.
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; William F. Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
In this paper, the process of shaping the 2000 ft tower, Burj Dubai, in order to mitigate wind effects and assist in resisting loads is discussed. In addition, the building’s structural systems are presented and discussed.
Effective Stiffness Modeling of Shear Walls for Seismic Analysis of High-rise Structures
Oct 2003 – SEAOC Proceedings for Convention 2003; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Cem Ozer & Jean-Pierre Chakar, SOM
The design of the lateral load resisting systems in highrise structures is very often governed by the requirements of drift control. This is true even in buildings with relatively rigid lateral systems that include shear walls. Appropriate modeling…
Seismic Design and Detailing of Compound Shear Wall Plan Configurations
Jan 2003 – Structural Engineers Association Convention 2003; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias & Eric Long, SOM
The Uniform Building Code and ACI offer only limited guidance for the design and detailing of shear walls of compound configurations such as “I”, “L”, “C”, and “T” shapes in plan. There is a dearth of examples for seismic design and detailing of such…
BUILDING SYSTEMS AND CONCEPTS - Structural Innovation
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; William F. Baker, SOM
Mankind had always lived close to the ground. During the thousands of years that preceded the birth of the skyscraper, life was limited by a reality of stairs and ladders. It was only after Elisha Otis invented a safer elevator that architects and…
Reflections on the Hancock Concept
Feb 2000 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2000; Hal Iyengar, Skimore, Owings & Merril
This paper reviews the stages of conceptual design through the final design of the John Hancock Center in Chicago. Several unique features of the project considered during the design process are discussed.
Design and Construction of the Jin Mao Tower's Mat Foundation
Jul 1998 – Structural Engineering World Congress 1998; Mark Sarkisian, Stan Korista & Ahmad Abdelrazaq, SOM
Looking from the Yangtze River toward the new Shanghai skyline, you cannot help noticing the ever changing color of the ultra-tall Jin Mao Tower with the movement of the sun as it has become the initial symbol of the new Pudong Financial District of…
Jin Mao Tower's Unique Structural System
Jan 1995 – 1995 Shanghai International Seminar; Mark Sarkisian, Stan Korista & Ahmad Abdelrazaq, SOM
The composite structural system for the Jin Mao Tower was designed to resist typhoon winds and earthquake forces and accommodate poor soil conditions while providing a very slender tower to be fully occupied for office and hotel uses.
Load Balanced Beams in Perimeter Frames of High-rise Buildings for Efficient Transfer of Column Loads
Jan 1992 – National Concrete Engineering Conference 1992; Mark Sarkisian, Stan Korista & Ernest Makkai, SOM
Using post-tensioned concrete perimeter frames for transferring columns in high-rise structures is an effective solution to strength and serviceability. These load balanced transfers allow columns to be transferred without the use of deep girders or…

SOM Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 164 Completed30 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 19 Completed15 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 21 Years
Most Common Function office, 122 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 59 Buildings
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All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving SOM

1   Burj Khalifa 2010 828 m Dubai
2   Rama IX Super Tower 2021 615 m Bangkok
3   One World Trade Center 2014 541 m New York City
4   Tianjin CTF Finance Centre 2018 530 m Tianjin
5   Zifeng Tower 2010 450 m Nanjing
6   Willis Tower 1974 442 m Chicago
7   Trump International Hotel & Tower 2009 423 m Chicago
8   Jin Mao Tower 1999 421 m Shanghai
9   Al Hamra Tower 2011 413 m Kuwait City
10   LCT Landmark Tower 2020 412 m Busan
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Burj Khalifa 2010 828 m Dubai
2   Rama IX Super Tower 2021 615 m Bangkok
3   One World Trade Center 2014 541 m New York City
4   Tianjin CTF Finance Centre 2018 530 m Tianjin
5   Pertamina Tower - 523 m Jakarta
6   Guizhou Culture Plaza Tower - 521 m Guiyang
7   Zifeng Tower 2010 450 m Nanjing
8   Willis Tower 1974 442 m Chicago
9   Trump International Hotel & Tower 2009 423 m Chicago
10   Jin Mao Tower 1999 421 m Shanghai
  Completed   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.   Proposed