SOM: Get To Know The Minds Behind The World’s Most Environmentally Advanced Buildings!
If you love the planet and design as much as we do, listen up! These days, minding your environmental and social impact right along with the inspired design is easier than ever. Eco-friendly décor projects are no longer synonymous with recycled crafted items. In fact, most eco-friendly designs are so great you wouldn’t even know they’re doing good for the environment by just looking at them. SOM is a collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners working together to build a better future. Today, Unique Blog will explore their eco-friendly world, come and join us!
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), is responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings and significant public spaces. The company has offices in some of the most influential cities of the world, and has a portfolio filled with jaw-dropping designs.
“We are able to apply international expertise at a local level. We believe that design is about more than meeting people’s needs—it is the art of realizing their aspirations and changing the way they experience the world. The best results come from a balance of disciplines: planning, interiors, engineering, and architecture. This total design approach means seamless coordination, from the dynamic initial design stages to the pride in seeing users inspired by the end result.”
“Urgent environmental and social challenges place a greater emphasis on engineering solutions than ever before. The principle of architects and engineers working together is integral to our culture. It allows us to focus our energies and to use resources economically. By understanding what is possible, we can achieve the seemingly impossible. Together, we can shape the future, by applying creativity and emergent technologies to design buildings that anticipate new ways of living, working and learning.”
Yes, “eco” can often conjure up crunchy associations, but we’re here to open your eyes to a new class of eco-conscious designers that prove green is gorgeous. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite works that are transforming the face of eco-friendly décor design. Get ready to give your project serious style, all the while being kind to the planet.
“777 Aviation is a three-story glass and steel building in El Segundo, California, designed by modernist architect Craig Ellwood. SOM’s design repurposes the 1968 office—a former headquarters for Xerox Corporation—and transforms it into a contemporary, multi-tenant creative workplace.”
“Originally designed with deep, vast floor plates to serve a single company, the building needed a more open layout—both to accommodate multiple tenants, and to bring in natural light. In the tradition of California modernism, the renovation blurs the lines between inside and outside. It allows tenants to access the outdoors from every floor, without sacrificing leasable office space.”
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