Archive for the ‘Skidmore’ Category

10/04/2006

On SOM Chicago, after Adrian Smith (remember, you heard it here first.)

I just want to add, keep your eyes on Ross Wimer. He’s the hugely talented young star brought in from New York to Skidmore’s Chicago office.

UPDATE! After posting this blog entry I thought – let’s have Ross Wimer as a guest on our radio program –
Hello Beautiful!

And so we did. We talked about his ideas for Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. Changes at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, about how freezing cold he was at the Rolling Stones concert at Chicago’s beautiful Soldier Field (!) and more…
Here’s the audio.
Enjoy.

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10/03/2006


Here’s what I’m hearing. Adrian Smith is leaving SOM Chicago. He’ll start another firm. He’s taking about 50 people with him. One star to leave Skidmore and go with him is Gordon Gill.

Trump Tower will stay with SOM.

Pearl Tower in China (right), will go with Smith.

All just rumor for now, but I have it on good sources.

10/03/2006


Here’s what I’m hearing. Adrian Smith is leaving SOM Chicago. He’ll start another firm. He’s taking about 50 people with him. One star to leave Skidmore and go with him is Gordon Gill.

Trump Tower will stay with SOM.

Pearl Tower in China (right), will go with Smith.

All just rumor for now, but I have it on good sources.

06/19/2006



Guess the building.

Hint, for those in the know, it’s designed by the firm Skidmore Owings Merrill (SOM).

Scroll down for answer.

It’s “Greenland” in Nanjing, China. What did you think it was? lol


——-looks a lot like?——
——-but better?——

On the right, that is Trump Towah’, rising on the banks of the Chicago River.

The story here is that Mayor/Designer-in-Chief Richard M. Daley came up with the idea for spire on top. He wanted it, he got it. How does that work?
SOM, did the Mayor of Nanjing do the same? Or does Richie’s clout with you extend to
all the way China and you’re still trying to please him?

I think we should just move Claes Oldenburg’s Batcolumn at the GSA building on Madison

to the top of Trump Tower ‘sted that nice spire. That piece always was a monument to Chicago Clout.

But seriously, I’ve been wondering for a long time why Skidmore, which has a huge office here, does more interesting work in Asia than here. And now Architectural Record has the goods.

Of “Nanjing Greenland,” they write, it’s “a complex of three steel-frame, concrete-core glass towers. The tallest building, at least 985 feet tall, will include a faceted glass surface imbedded with irregularly-spaced slots for green space that “march vertically up the facade.”… The other towers, about 100 meters tall, will include roof gardens and a sunken green square.”

Click here to read their full article, with lots more pictures of nice SOM buildings – in Asia!

-Edward