On the Rise: Projects To Watch in 2016

  • 350 Mission Street

  • Agile Corporation Headquarters Tower

  • Baltimore Tower

  • Lexicon

  • Manhattan West Development

  • Mashreq Bank Headquarters

  • Moscone Center Expansion and Improvement

  • Moynihan Train Hall

  • New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles

  • Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters

  • Poly International Plaza

  • Public Safety Answering Center II

  • University of California, Santa Barbara – San Joaquin Apartments and Precinct Improvements - See more at: http://www.som.com/ideas/slideshows/2016_projects_to_watch#sthash.Hvxhdw4d.dpuf

  • WKL Hotel and Tropicana The Residences

  • SOM Projects to Watch in 2016

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  • 350 Mission Street

    A new home for Salesforce in San Francisco, 350 Mission Street is a 27-story office tower adjacent to the future site of the city’s primary intermodal transportation center—the Transbay Tower and Terminal. 350 Mission's signature cladding, arranged in a woven pattern, utilizes high performance, insulated glass units that reflect sky brightness and reduce solar heat gain while maximizing visibility. Opening in the summer, the tower meets meets the ground with a 50-foot-tall public lobby, featuring an enormous display for digital artwork that engages the urban realm.

  • Agile Corporation Headquarters Tower

    Located at the heart of a mixed-use development area, the 190-meter-tall Agile Corporation Headquarters Tower makes a commanding presence in Guangzhou's new central business district. Despite the tower's colossal stature, its design is highly attuned to the human scale. Its elliptical geometry creates a continuous street frontage, while a curved, two-level pedestrian bridge connects to adjacent buildings. Among the building's distinctive features is its energy-saving facade design: composed of metal fins, fritted glass, and corrugated metal spandrel panels, this highly dimensional facade reflects shifting qualities of liAgile Corporation Headquarters Towerght throughout the day.

  • Baltimore Tower

    Opening later this year, the 45-story Baltimore Tower will serve as a highly visible landmark at the Isle of Dogs in London. The gracefully twisting building incorporates a cylindrical core, with additional expression achieved through curved glass balconies that appear as a floating, reflective ribbon. The tower will offer 330 residential units and a three-story penthouse restaurant with panoramic views. Two adjoining buildings will contain an additional 100 apartments. The distinctive tower is part of the new Baltimore Wharf mixed-use development, master planned by SOM.

  • Lexicon

    Rising alongside City Road Basin, a canal in the London borough of Islington, this mixed-use project signals the waterfront's regeneration with a 36-story tower, now the tallest in the area. Comprised of three connected buildings, the Lexicon contains more than 300 residences, a third of which are designated as affordable units. When it opens later this year, the project will enliven the neighborhood with a public courtyard, street-level retail, and a restaurant at the water's edge. The tower's glass curtain wall features an innovative ventilation system that maximizes energy efficiency while providing sweeping views across the city.

  • Manhattan West Development

    Built upon a 2.6-acre platform above active train tracks, this 5-million-square-foot development forms a vital link between Manhattan's Midtown business district, the Penn Station complex, the Hudson Yards district, and Chelsea. SOM's master plan for these two full city blocks is organized around a series of public open spaces, which provide areas for repose and contribute to a dynamic pedestrian streetscape. Targeting LEED® Gold certification, two elegantly inflected office towers form the gateway to Manhattan West's central open space. A third, residential tower on the southwest end of the site will serve as a 24-hour anchor for the neighborhood.

  • Mashreq Bank Headquarters

    When it's completed this year, the 32-story-tall Mashreq Bank Headquarters—with its bold, cantilevered form and stone panels—will stand out amid the glass and steel towers of Dubai. Its L-shaped floor plate opens to the north, which allows the clear-glazed offices on both sides of the courtyard to be sheltered from the sun. The design mitigates glare without obscuring views including that of the Burj Khalifa. A sophisticated series of horizontal and vertical shading devices allow the glass facades to capture daylight and limit solar gain. These screen elements provide dynamic perspectives of the building when seen from different angles, making the building appear transparent or massive depending upon the vantage point.

  • Moscone Center Expansion and Improvement

    Construction will continue this year on the Moscone Center expansion and improvement project in San Francisco, which SOM has designed in association with Mark Cavagnero Associates. The 371,000-square-foot expansion includes new public open space, multiple outdoor terraces, and retail opportunities. With sustainability integral to the design, the Center—which is targeting LEED® Platinum certification—will create less carbon emissions per visitor than any major convention center in North America, saving water while generating clean energy with the largest rooftop solar installation in San Francisco. A composition of transparent and translucent materials will bring natural light into interior public spaces and reveal activity within the Center.

  • Moynihan Train Hall

    SOM is converting the landmark Farley Post Office Building into a 21st-century train station. The new Moynihan Train Hall will be a critical part of a redevelopment of the entire Penn Station complex, forming a grand civic space that celebrates the history of the Farley Building and evokes the vaulted concourse of the original Penn Station​. At the heart of SOM's design, the light-filled boarding concourse is enclosed by a monumental new skylight arching up from massive original steel trusses. Construction has already begun, with expanded Long Island Rail Road access via the new West End Concourse due for completion in September 2016, and the Moynihan Train Hall anticipated to be completed in 2018.

  • New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles

    Nearing completion in downtown Los Angeles, this new 633,000-square-foot federal courthouse facility, containing 24 courtrooms and 32 judges’ chambers, has a strong civic presence rooted in classic principles. SOM’s design optimizes the court's program and workflow, and promotes efficient operations and maintenance. An innovative structural engineering concept allows the cubic volume to “float” over a stone base while being one of the nation’s safest buildings. Designed to achieve LEED® Platinum certification, the project's sustainable features include a serrated facade that maximizes views while reducing solar heat gain by nearly 50 percent.

  • Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters

    Due to open at the end of 2016, the Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters will provide a dynamic new landmark for Ningbo's financial district. The project combines a 50-story tower, the plan of which rotates as the building rises, and a four-story podium building. A large canopy connects the two elements, wrapping around the tower and forming the roof and facade of the podium, while a network of green spaces and pedestrian paths enlivens the street and strengthens connections to the surrounding area. The top of the tower features an open-air rooftop garden that offers sweeping views of the city.

  • Poly International Plaza

    Located in Beijing and opening this year, the 161-meter-tall Poly International Plaza tower will provide a spacious and light-filled work environment for occupants. Its long-span structural design strategically opens up interior spaces and employs a highly sustainable approach to addressing climatic and air quality issues. A faceted diagrid exoskeleton system forms an outer thermal envelope around offices enclosed within a second glazed interior envelope, creating daylit communal areas. These areas not only accommodate meetings and foster social interaction, but they also allow physical and visual connectivity between floors. The project also comprises two neighboring office buildings.

  • Public Safety Answering Center II

    When it opens later this year, Public Safety Answering Center II will augment existing 911 services in New York City by providing redundancy to a primary call center in case of a natural disaster or large-scale emergency. In order to minimize stress for operators, the 500,000-square-foot building offsets its own security features with aesthetic considerations wherever possible, including a serrated aluminum facade that envelops its blast-resistant walls, a protective berm of wild grasses that encircles the structure, and green walls installed throughout the interior that clean the air.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara – San Joaquin Apartments and Precinct Improvements - See more at: http://www.som.com/ideas/slideshows/2016_projects_to_watch#sthash.Hvxhdw4d.dpuf

    For the master planning and architectural design of housing on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, SOM is leading a combined design team that includes Daly Genik Architects, Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, and Kieran Timberlake. Divided into three primary precincts, the site’s organization is based on a Cartesian grid of threaded circulation paths offering pedestrian and bicycle access to residences and amenities. Active plazas, recreational facilities, and courtyard gardens are key components of the campus plan. SOM has also designed the site's Gateway Towers, which will accommodate more than 1,000 students when the buildings open in August.

  • WKL Hotel and Tropicana The Residences

    This 235-meter mixed-use tower will become a destination within Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle district, widely considered to be the city’s commercial, retail, and entertainment hub. A 12-story podium houses a sky lobby, spa, main ballroom, signature restaurant, and other amenities for the W Hotel. The tower rises from this volume, with space for 150 guest rooms across 10 stories. Meanwhile, the top 28 floors accommodate 354 apartments, along with an open-air rooftop pool, gym, and a multipurpose recreation room. The project will be completed this year.

  • SOM Projects to Watch in 2016

    From the new NATO headquarters in Brussels to the adaptive reuse of a warehouse in Los Angeles, a number of distinctive SOM projects are underway—many to be complete in 2016. Click through to discover the notable aspects of each building, and how SOM's commitment to design excellence and innovation is improving cities and communities around the world.