SOM or Skidmore, Owing & Merrill LLP is an American architectural, urban planning, and engineering firm. It was formed in Chicago in 1936 by Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings; in 1939 they were joined by John O. Merrill. [X]
[2 & 3] Pillar and the Peacock
Their website (SOM) is a great source of information for all their architectural projects. But, one of my library sources also included a nice essay on SOM, which I thought was a good read, so I am going to talk about what I learnt from it.
What I learnt:
- The construction of any building is a collaboration. You have the architects, the engineers, the interior designers, urban planners, and the construction workers. If any one of them fail, the final product of the building will more than likely be a failure, therefore I conclude that they are all equally important.
- Buildings should be designed with context. Be it the context of the era, it’s surrounding, the culture of the country, and so on, designing with context, improves the quality of the design.
- SOM is an organization founded on TRUST and COLLABORATION. This is reflected in the way they work and the buildings they create. At SOM structure is more than a “solution.” Good structures are based on cohesive ideas that are clear, simple, and economical, and efficient. “There should be a clear hierarchy that guides design and when appropriate, the expression of the building.”
 “Home.” SOM. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2017. <http://www.som.com/>
 Besjak Charles, Biswas Preetam, Thewis Alexandra, Sweeney Raymond, Chaudhuri Damayanti. “Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport: Integrated Terminal Building.” SOM. Jan. 2013. Web. 28 Sept. 2017.<http://www.som.com/ideas/research/chhatrapati_shivaji_international_airport__integrated_terminal_building>
N.a. “Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Terminal 2 – Structural Engineering.” SOM. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2017. <http://www.som.com/projects/chhatrapati_shivaji_international_airport__terminal_2__structural_engineering>
N.a. “Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Terminal 2.” SOM. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2017. <http://www.som.com/projects/chhatrapati_shivaji_international_airport__terminal_2>
 F Baker, William. “Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Terminal 2, Mumbai, India, 2014 : [One SOM].” A + U Architecture and Urbanism. 533 (2014): 78. Print.
[X] Wikipedia contributors. “Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 26 Sep. 2017. Web. 28 Sep. 2017 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skidmore,_Owings_%26_Merrill>