Contemporary Architecture

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) – Burj Dubai


  • Formed in 1936 by Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings; in 1939 they were joined by John O. Merrill
  • SOM has completed over 10,000 projects around the nation and in more than 50 countries around the world and maintains offices in all over the world
  • One of the largest architectural firms
  • More than 800 awards for quality and innovation
  • Expertise is in high-end commercial buildings
  • SOM was one of the first major modern American architectural firms to promote a corporate face of Architecture

Major Projects:

  • Freedom Tower
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower
  • Burj Dubai
  • San Francisco International Terminal,
  • Sears Tower
  • First Wisconsin Plaza
  • Haj Terminal, Jeddah
  • Weyerhaeuser Headquarters
  • John Hancock Center, Chicago
  • Wells College Library, Aurora
  • Air Force Academy Chapel
  • Lever House

Burj Dubai , 2009 , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Project Facts

  • Completion Year: 2009
  • Expected Height : 818 m
  • Floors : Around 162
  • Site Area: 1,121,707 ft2
  • Project Area: 5,000,000 ft2

Salient Features:

  • Its design is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for The Illinois, a mile high skyscraper designed for Chicago.
  • “The tower goes up in steps in a spiraling way. In Islamic architecture, this symbolizes ascending towards the heavens.” – Architect Adrien Smith,
  • The building resembles the bundled tube form of the Sears Tower, but is not a tube structure.
  • Has 26 Terraces
  • A Y-shaped floor plan is inspired from the geometrics of the desert flower and the patterning systems employed in Islamic architecture (Onion Dome).
  • According to SOM Burj Dubai was designed based on the 73-floor Tower Palace Three, an all-residential building in Seoul, South Korea


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s