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What’s at the core of 21st-century medical training facilities? For Geffen Hall, the home of @ucla’s medical school, high-tech, interactive, and student-centered learning drove our design. The six-story building, set around a central courtyard, provides classrooms of varying size that support problem-based learning, as well as clinical skills labs, an auditorium and other spaces. Photos © David Lena #Architecture #Design #UCLA #LosAngeles

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Rising 420 meters into the Shanghai sky, Jin Mao Tower, captured here by @jenniferbin, was the tallest building in China when it was built in 1999. The design of the tower recalls historic pagoda forms while its setbacks create a rhythmic pattern that continues from base to apex. Since its completion, Jin Mao Tower has become a model for high-rise design and mixed-use development throughout China. #Architecture #Design #Skyscraper #Shanghai #ThrowbackThursday #Regram

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Tucked away from the bustling streets of Manila, a greenery-lined wall evokes a sense of serenity in the lobby of Nex Tower. Sustainability was a key factor in the design of the 27-story office building, which is targeting LEED Gold certification. Additional sustainable features include high performance glazing and daylight-responsive lighting controls. Photo © @studioperiphery #Architecture #InteriorDesign #Manila #MakatiBusinessDistrict

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At @lmusftv—Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television—graduate students find 35,000-square-feet of space in which to hone their skills in screenwriting and production. Located at the L.A. school’s Playa Vista campus, the building supports classroom learning and hands-on work while acting as a flexible backdrop for students’ projects. Photo © @benny_chan_photographer | Fotoworks #Architecture #Design #LosAngeles #ArchModelMonday

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Beyond the frame of this photo, shot by @tiffany_liem, 35 Hudson Yards rises to a height of 1,000 feet. The mixed-use tower, home to the newly opened @equinox hotel, is the tallest residential building in Hudson Yards—a 28-acre development built over active railroad tracks and tunnels on Manhattan’s West Side. But what within the tower allows it to stand so tall? For its latest issue of “Civil Engineering,” the American Society of Civil Engineers sat down with SOM’s Charles Besjak and other practitioners to talk about the engineering behind today’s “giants of slender geometry.” Read the story at the link in our profile. #Architecture #Design #NewYorkCity #Skyscraper #Regram

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Envisioned as a "floating" cube, the New United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles makes use of an innovative structural engineering concept to cantilever its main glass volume above a central stone base. A pleated facade wraps the cube, with opaque panels on the east- and west-facing pleats and transparent panels on the north- and south-facing pleats, to minimize solar impact while maximizing the natural daylight that reaches the interiors. Photo © @brucedamonte #Architecture #CourthouseDesign #Engineering #Facade #LosAngeles

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In 1967, the Alcoa Building (now known as One Maritime Plaza) introduced a new engineering solution: innovative X-shaped bracing offset from a glass curtain wall. The San Francisco tower’s steel framework, developed in a collaborative effort between architectural designers and structural engineers, was coated in bronze-colored aluminum and designed to anchor the building against seismic forces while allowing for open, column-free interiors. #Architecture #Design #StructuralEngineering #SanFrancisco #ThrowbackThursday

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Located in the heart of Hong Kong, Tower 535 provides 23 floors of retail, entertainment, and dining venues as well as commercial and office space. Upon arrival in the lobby, visitors and tenants find a mix of rich materials including walnut, travertine, and textured bronze. Photo © William Furniss #Architecture #Design #Interiors #HongKong

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After work or post-workout, G-Cubed has it covered. Built atop an existing office complex in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, the project includes a glass-enclosed main pavilion with a fitness center and landscaped outdoor space. Flexible open areas offer employees of companies in the complex below, as well clients of the gym, numerous options for social and business gatherings. Photo © Fotoworks | @benny_chan_photographer #Architecture #Design #LosAngeles #CenturyCity

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In the city that never sleeps, 252 East 57th Street offers prime views, of the East River and Midtown Manhattan to Central Park and more. The 65-story mixed-use tower combines 169 rental units and 95 condominiums. Six distinct glass treatments, including acid-etched, fritted, and cast glass, merge on the building’s rhythmic facade. Photo © @albertvecerka | Esto #Architecture #Design #NewYorkCity #Skyscraper #Facade

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The FBI Biometric Technology Center in West Virginia provides flexible office space for more than 1,000 employees. The 375,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified building holds three office floors on an elevated podium that is partially embedded in an earthen berm. Photo © Nick Merrick | Hedrich Blessing #Architecture #Design #OfficeDesign #WestVirginia

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Completed in 1965, the @maunakeahotel was the first building in Hawaii to win an Honor Award from @aianational. “Like a Buddhist temple in concrete,” is how architectural historian Nicholas Adams describes the modernist hotel’s lauded design. “From the garden below the Promenade,” Adams continues, “it has a kind of grandeur, and in the lower colonnade the monumental cruciform piers and wooden roof create a stillness that recalls the cloister of a Romanesque abbey or religious retreat rather than a hotel.” Photo © R Wenkam #Architecture #Design #MaunaKea #HawaiiModernism #ThrowbackThursday

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Twisting as it rises, the Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters incorporates optimized perimeter columns and translucent vertical fins to create a seamless and animated silhouette. The 50-story tower, triangular in plan with rounded corners, provides workspace for nearly 8,000 employees. Photo © @archexist #Archictecture #Design #Skyscraper #Facade

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Following its debut in 1960, the world headquarters of the Pepsi-Cola Company become a modernist classic—a striking aluminum and glass structure in midtown Manhattan designed by SOM. In 2016, we returned to the building to design the first significant interior intervention since its completion. The contemporary workplace echoes the original, with a flexible floor plan and use of minimal materials and aesthetic. Photo © @rafaelgamo #Architecture #Design #Manhattan #WorkplaceDesign

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At Pen Factory in Santa Monica, a former @paper_mate factory now offers open and flexible workspaces for creative companies. In designing the adaptive reuse project to revitalize the building, we sought to allow tenants to make the most of the Southern California climate. A landscaped courtyard and a series of patios blends office space with the outdoors. Photo © Benny Chan | Fotoworks #Architecture #Design #Office #AdaptiveReuse #SantaMonica #California

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A rhythmic addition to the Singapore skyline, New Futura includes two 36-story residential towers. In each, terraces are placed at varied intervals, dotting the glass facades with greenery. High performance insulating glass improves thermal performance and solar control in the buildings while adding to its distinctive facade. Photo © Studio Periphery #Architecture #Design #Singapore #Facade

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With 10 buildings on a 150,000-square-meter campus, Roche Diagnostics Suzhou is the first manufacturing facility in China for the Swiss-based medical diagnostics company. The administrative building, seen here, sets the bar for the project’s ambitious sustainable design goals: it was certified LEED Platinum last year, and it also earned the "Best Innovative Green Building" award from MIPIM Asia. Photo © Archexist #Architecture #Design #Sustainability #Suzhou #China

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At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Columbus Drive Building, designed by SOM’s Walter Netsch, made its debut in 1976. It was the school’s first facility independent from the iconic museum building on Michigan Avenue. Today, it continues to operate as a learning and creative space for @saicpics students and staff, holding some of the school’s largest departments, the Betty Rymer gallery, a digital fabrication studio, a wood and metal shop, and a foundry. Photo © Guy Arnold #Architecture #Design #Chicago #ThrowbackThursday

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At the base of @tanjongpagarcentre in Singapore, Tanjong Pagar City Park brings open space and nature to a busy urban setting. In addition to the park, the recently opened center includes a 64-story office and residential tower, and the 20-story @sofitelsingaporecitycentre business hotel. Photo © @studioperiphery #Architecture #Design #TanjongPagarCentre #Singapore #CityPark

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In 2016, Cincinnati’s Christ Hospital opened the Joint and Spine Center—a facility designed to support a new model for integrated, patient-centered care. With bright, open spaces filled with natural light, the goal was to “create a place that facilitates and inspires well-being,” said SOM Design Partner Brian Lee. Three years on, the Joint and Spine Center is living up to its promise of transforming care in the region. The building has garnered design awards from Modern Healthcare, the American Institute of Architects, and the Academy of Architecture for Health. Photo © Tom Rossiter #Architecture #Design #Healthcare #Cincinnati

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111 Main is located in the heart of Salt Lake City’s financial district. A steel hat truss at the top of the office building suspends the structure. Together, 111 Main’s glass fin facade, which reflects changing light conditions throughout the day, and the translucent glass veil surrounding the structural system atop the building bring a luminosity to the skyline of the Utah city. Photo © Cesar Rubio #Architecture #Design #SaltLakeCity #Utah #111Main

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High above the street, the curving glass tower of 252 East 57th Street reaches a height of 700 feet to offer spectacular views above New York City. The metal fins on the 56th Street facade enclose a porte-cochère leading to a 60-car automated parking garage—one of the many amenities available to residents of the Midtown high-rise. Photo © @albertvecerka | Esto #Architecture #Design #NewYorkCity #Skyscraper #Facade

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@lbjlibrarynow at @utaustintx is home to an extensive collection of historical materials from the political career of Lyndon B. Johnson. Among them are more than 45 million pages of documents and 600 hours of recorded phone conversations. At the building’s dedication, Johnson spoke to the library’s ultimate purpose as a holder of history, stating, “It is all here: the story of our time, with the bark off.” Designed by SOM’s Gordon Bunshaft, the library was completed in 1971. Photo © Esto | Ezra Stoller Associates #Architecture #Design #Library #History #ThrowbackThursday

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Experience contemporary commercial design at Nex Tower in Manila. The tower, completed in 2018, occupies a prominent place in the city’s Makati business district. Tapered white marble surfaces in the building’s grand atrium lobby reach a height of 16 meters, while a skylight above draws in natural daylight to illuminate the space below. Photo © Studio Periphery #Architecture #Design #Philippines #InteriorDesign

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We see you, Manhattan Loft Gardens. A new neighbor in London’s Stratford district, the double-cantilevered tower brings together @thestratford luxury hotel in its lower levels with the @manhattanloftco residences on its upper floors. With its unconventional stacking and a facade composed of alternating serrated glass and terracotta panels, the building does more than leave an impression; the facade is designed to reduce solar heat gain while the cut-out concrete and steel frame creates three sky gardens. Photo © SOM #Architecture #Design #London #SustainableDesign #ManhattanLoftGardens

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At the heart of @barnardcollege, The Milstein Center is a new hub for academic and intellectual life. The interdisciplinary academic building stands adjacent to the Lawn, a beloved and much-used amenity on the New York City campus. Stepped terraces extend the green space to the building itself, creating functional outdoor areas for students and faculty. Inside, a computational science center, a state-of-the-art library, and flexible learning spaces support pursuits in new media, digital technologies, and other disciplines. Photo © @magdabiernat #Architecture #Design #NewYorkCity #University

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At JTI Headquarters in Geneva, the design of the workplace supports an open, flexible organization—starting with the way that employees move through the building. A seamless pathway weaves throughout nine stories, connecting a variety of spaces including collaborative work areas, dining amenities, and two roof terraces. Photo © Hufton Crow #Architecture #Design #InteriorDesign #Workplace

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Completed in 1965, the American Republic Insurance Company was recognized as an early example of corporate Modernist design in Des Moines, Iowa. With its upper floors supported on steel hinge units and a series of eight cast-in-place concrete columns, the building appears to hover above its glass-enclosed second story, reflecting designer Gordon Bunshaft’s experimental use of materials and technologies. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, the building is now the headquarters of American Enterprise Group. Photo © Ezra Stoller #Architecture #Design #Iowa #Modernism #ThrowbackThursday

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We teamed up with @gpldesignstudio to design Godrej BKC, a state-of-the-art office building in Mumbai. Sustainable features include a plumbing system that uses stormwater and recycled water to reduce the building’s dependence on municipal resources, and responsible landscaping with native and adaptive species. Photo © @magdabiernat #Architecture #Design #Office #Mumbai #India

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Along the North Branch of the Chicago River, the @c.h.robinson Midwest Headquarters serves as the regional home base for more than 1,000 employees. The 4-story building incorporates low-cost, high-efficiency materials to realize significant improvements in building performance. As the first development to be completed on a long-vacant site, it also contributes to a city-led effort to revitalize the Chicago River. Photo © @tomharrisphotography #Architecture #Design #Chicago #Workplace

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How can collaborative endeavors between architects and engineers inform new design? At @sanildefonsomx in Mexico City, we’ll be exploring this question in a panel discussion with SOM’s structural engineering partner Bill Baker and design director Javier Arizmendi, together with architect Tatiana Bilbao. The event, which takes place on Wednesday, June 5, is part of the programming for “Arte + Ingeniería + Arquitectura,” a special exhibition that highlights our structural engineering practice and its integration with architectural design. See more from the show at the link in our bio. Photos © CDMX Exhibition #Architecture #Design #Engineering #ArchModelMonday #MexicoCity

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A recent addition to the Singapore skyline, @tanjongpagarcentre comprises a 64-story tower, a freestanding 20-story structure, and a redesigned Tanjong Pagar Park at its base. Standing at 290 meters and providing office and luxury residential space, the tower is Singapore’s tallest building. At its apex, a glass-floored viewing deck offers panoramic views of the city. Photo © @studioperiphery #Architecture #Design #TanjongPagarCentre #Singapore

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Blending the old and the new, our design for @moynihantrainhall creates a grand civic space that celebrates New York City’s history while adding much-needed capacity to its rail system. The project, a critical piece of the redevelopment of the Penn Station complex, will convert McKim, Mead & White’s 1913 James A. Farley Post Office Building into a modern transit hub. Curious to see more? Check out our Instagram takeover of @archtober today for images of this and other projects. Image © Empire State Development, Image courtesy of SOM | Methanoia #Architecture #Design #MoynihanTrainHall #NewYorkCity

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A sculptural berm of wild grasses surrounds the Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II)—an emergency call center that houses employees from the @nypd, @fdny, and New York City’s Emergency Medical Services. The windows dotting the building’s facade are set within panels of recycled aluminum, bringing a dynamic, asymmetrical rhythm to the structure. Photo © Albert Vecerka | Esto #Architecture #Design #Bronx #NewYork #Facade

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At the Roche Diagnostics Learning and Development Center in Indianapolis, sustainable design strategies help the building meet LEED Platinum requirements as well as the energy goals of the AIA 2030 Commitment. Throughout the 87,000-square-foot building, a material palette of glass, steel, and bright white metal unites three distinct programs: a VIP sales suite, seminar rooms, and customer training labs. Photo © @tomharrisphotography #Architecture #Sustainable #Design #Interiors #Indianapolis

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On a sunny day in Midtown Manhattan, the crystalline surface of the International Gem Tower appears as a dynamic interplay of glass and light. The multi-use commercial building is wrapped in a skin that alternates between differently finished spandrel and infill panels—a design that creates a visually dynamic surface while referencing the tower’s location in New York’s Diamond District. Photo © Lester Ali #Architecture #Design #Facade #Manhattan #NewYorkCity

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In a riverside photo shoot, @ilcontephotography caught this shot of Hartford Plaza in Chicago. The building was completed in 1961 and was designed for the Hartford Fire Insurance Company by an SOM team that included William Hartmann and Bruce Graham. With a frame of reinforced concrete surrounding a recessed window wall, the building is designed around a central core. #Architecture #Design #Chicago #ThrowbackThursday #Regram

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In what was once a Paper Mate pen manufacturing facility, creative companies now find flexible and contemporary workspaces. The headquarters of media company @awesomenesstv features concrete flooring, exposed wood ceilings and systems, and other design details that celebrate the industrial heritage of the building. Open and closed workspaces, a screening room, filming stages, and various areas accommodate the production of daily shows for YouTube and other channels. Photo © Fotoworks | @benny_chan_photographer #Architecture #InteriorDesign #Workplace #California

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Working with the City of Chicago, we designed one of the city’s first co-located housing and library developments. The Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library includes @chicagohousingauthority mixed-income residences and a @chicagopubliclibrary branch. A new hub for its neighborhood, the project is featured in today’s @nytimes along with two other co-located projects in Chicago. Read the story at the link in our bio. Photos © @tomharrisphotography omharrisphotography #Architecture #Design #Chicago #PublicLibrary

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From up close, translucent vertical fins mark segments of the facade of the Ningbo Bank of China Headquarters, spaced regularly to follow the curves of the building’s rounded corners. From afar, the fins create a seamless and animated silhouette on the city’s skyline. The design of the tower, which utilizes optimized perimeter columns and a downward draping geometry, reduces structural torque while also minimizing the amount of construction materials needed. Photo © Archexist #Archictecture #Design #Ningbo #Skyscraper #Facade

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At the heart of @barnardcollege, The Milstein Center stands adjacent to the Lawn, a beloved and much-used amenity on the New York City campus. Stepped terraces extend the green space onto the building, creating functional outdoor areas for students and faculty. Inside, a computational science center, a state-of-the-art library, and flexible learning spaces support pursuits in new media, digital technologies, and other disciplines. Photo © @magdabiernat #Architecture #Design #NewYorkCity #University

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What inspires you in your workplace? In our Chicago office, this cityscape in miniature serves as a context model, providing the perfect platform on which our architects can explore possibilities in current and future designs. #Architecture #Design #ArchModelMonday #Chicago #Workplace #Architecture #Design #ArchModelMonday #Chicago #Workplace

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At China World Trade Center 3B, a cascade of inclined planes shaded by deep fins climbs from street level to a height of 296 meters. The exterior glass curtain wall is tilted to decrease glare and solar heat gain. The mixed-use tower, a recent addition to the Central Business District of Beijing, includes a five-story retail podium, a 554-room hotel on the lower floors, and 68,000 square meters of office space on the upper floors. Photo © @timgriffithphoto #Architecture #Design #Tower #Beijing

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Gordon Bunshaft, born on this day in 1909, was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. The first design partner at SOM, he helped shape the modern era through contributions like the @beineckelibrary at @yale —captured in this Ezra Stoller photo—Lever House, and the @Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. On what would have been his 110th birthday, we’re taking a look back at a previously published interview in which Bunshaft talks all things architecture. Visit the link in our profile to read “A Modern Maverick Speaks His Mind.” Photo © Ezra Stoller #Architecture #Design #GordonBunshaft #ThrowbackThursday

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From three sky gardens, this London tower offers sweeping views of the city’s skyline. @thestratford combines a luxury hotel with a variety of residential accommodations, including single- and split-level lofts and a three bedroom penthouse. We’re thrilled that the building will participate in this year’s @londonfestivalofarchitecture. Throughout the month of June, we’ll be teaming up with @manhattanloftco to lead tours of the 42-story tower. Visitors will have access to a selection of loft apartments and hotel amenities, as well as the sky gardens. Interested in signing up for a tour? See details at the link in our bio. Photo © Oliver Douglas | Courtesy Manhattan Loft Corporation #Architecture #Design #London #ArchitectureTour

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At @ucsantabarbara, the San Joaquin Villages provide living accommodations for more than 1,000 students. The campus housing—recipient of a 2019 @aianational Housing Award—is the result of a collaborative approach, with SOM designing Tenaya Towers and the project's overall master plan, @loharchitects and @kevindalyarchitects designing four additional residential complexes, @kierantimberlake the Portola Dining Commons, and @tlslandarch the landscape. Swipe for more views of the Southern California college. Photos © @brucedamonte #Architecture #Design #CampusDesign #UCSB

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In Lower Manhattan, 101 Warren combines luxury residences, market-rate and low-income rentals, and retail spaces in a 33-story tower. In a nod to both the large window openings and masonry walls of residential architecture within the surrounding Tribeca neighborhood, and the monumental architecture found in the nearby Financial District, the building is wrapped in a rhythmic screen of two-story stone piers. Photo © EduardHueber #Architecture #Design #Tribeca #NYC #LowerManhattan

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@hadleyfruits stopped by the former Republic Newspaper Office and Printing Plant in Columbus, Indiana, for this view of the historic property’s new identity. The home base for @iu_architecture’s J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program since August of 2018, the modernist building was designed by Myron Goldsmith and completed in 1971. The glass walls of the building—originally designed to evoke the ideals of the transparency and visibility of the free press—offer an inspiring view of the building’s newest users. #Architecture #Design #NationalHistoricLandmark #ThrowbackThursday #Regram

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In downtown San Francisco, the lobby of 350 Mission includes a cafe and restaurant, amphitheater seating, and public event space. Glass panels are designed to open and close along 90 feet of the street frontage, blurring the threshold between the public and private realms. A digital art installation by @refikanadol fills a large-scale LED screen and animates the 50-foot-tall space. Photo © Cesar Rubio #Architecture #Design #SanFrancisco #California

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Rising to a height of 530 meters, the CTF Finance Centre makes a bold impression in Tianjin, China. The building utilizes curved corners, a tapering form, and other elements to dramatically reduce wind loads while maximizing structural efficiency. How did our architects and engineers go about creating this unconventional structure? Read the story at the link in our bio. Photo © @timgriffithphoto #Architecture #Design #Tianjin #Skyscraper