Contemporary Architecture

SOM – Times Warner Center

Introduction to Building

  • Status – Completed in 2003
  • Architect – David M. Childs of SOM
  • Location – 10 Columbus Circle, New York
  • Height –  750 ft (229 m )
  • Floor –  55 above ground
  • Type – Multifunctional building
  • Investment- $1.7 bn
  • Owner  – The Related Companies

Biography :

  • Birth – 1941 Princeton, New Jersey
  • Background – Yale school of architecture & New York Institute of Technology.
  • Project – 7 World Trade Center, Worldwide Plaza ,US News & world report Head Quarter and many more.

About the building:

  • The complex has an interesting geometry derived from its site, its concave front facing onto the curve of Columbus Circle
  • its dominant twin towers shaped as parallelograms
  • Perfectly calibrated, glittering glass facades, the suave, sharp-edged precision that is amazingly subtle and refined for a structure of this enormous size.
  • Steel and alloys are used in panes and in window , in few parts exposed frame are used .
  • Skeleton Building
  • As geometrical mass
  • Metal grid facade
  • Shopping mall,whole food market grocery shop at the base of the building
  • The complex is also home to a 1,200 seat theater for  Jazz at Lincoln center as well as CNN studio.
  • The two-hundred-and-fifty-room Mandarin Oriental hotel condominium apartments, a big retail atrium, restaurants, and space for cultural events

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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