Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Urban Proposal for a Gateway District to Beijing PDF Print Email
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Friday, 12 February 2010 14:59

SOM_Dawangjing_02The Chicago and China offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) have designed an urban model showcasing integrated solutions for energy, water conservation and transit systems in Beijing’s Dawangjing District.

The SOM Plan introduces a sustainable “engine” in the form of a Central Park that would passively heat and cool the district. The plan won an international competition to guide Wangjing’s redevelopment. The Beijing Chaoyang District Planning Bureau is the client. Philip Enquist, FAIA, Partner-in-Charge of Urban Design and Planning and Peter Ruggiero, AIA, Design Partner, led the SOM team. The team collaboration was led by Beijing R&F Properties Development Co. Ltd., E-House (China) Holdings Limited and MVA Transport Consultants.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 14:03
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SOM - Beijing CBD Competition PDF Print Email
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Monday, 26 October 2009 04:34


The Chicago and China offices of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) announced last week that they were named the winner of an international design competition to expand the Beijing Central Business District (CBD).
SOM_Beijing_01The competition was sponsored by the Chaoyang District Government and the Beijing CBD Administration Committee. Seven teams of the world’s leading urban planners, urban designers and architects were invited to participate. Philip Enquist, FAIA, Partner-in-Charge of Urban Design and Planning for SOM, led this effort.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:18
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SOM’s Chicago Office Renovation Awarded 
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Friday, 06 November 2009 12:24
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) announced today that its Chicago office has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification for Commercial Interiors, an internationally recognized standard of sustainable design established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Design Partner for the project, Ross Wimer, commented, “In the design of our own space, we were guided by the principles that inform our client work. A practical approach to sustainability drove the decisions we made.” Principal of Interior Design, Jaime Velez, added, “Sustainability factored into every part of the design process, from specification of finishes to choice of lighting. For instance, we used a sophisticated dimming technology to maximize the quality and amount of daylight that enters the space—significantly reducing the amount of energy consumed on a daily basis.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:09
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