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      <br><br>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG) Is a Chicago-based architecture and design firm that designs and develops energy efficient and sustainable architecture. AS + GG designs buildings, cities, master plans and their components. The company creates projects for construction projects around the world. The main uses for these structures are civil, commercial, cultural, hospitality, residential and mixed use. AS + GG also specializes in high-rise skyscrapers such as the Jeddah Tower, which will surpass Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world when completed in 2021.<br>Story<br>AS + GG was founded in Chicago in 2006 by Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest after they left the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Based on its experience in large mixed-use projects, AS + GG focuses on the development of high performance, energy efficient and sustainable on an international scale. «We are now trying to design a building as a vehicle or ship that uses less energy and also provides free energy that is available,» Smith explained in an interview with architectural historian Judith Dupre, «and that creates a new aesthetic for us.»<br><br>Adrian Smith’s departure from SOM has been widely reported. At the time of his departure, Smith had several projects still under development at SOM, including the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, Broadgate Tower, London, England and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, as well as with Gordon Gill and Robert Forest: Greenlandic Financial Center Nanjing-Greenland, Nanjing, China. Gordon, while at SOM, designed the award-winning Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA. He also designed the Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China, and Robert also worked on this project.<br><br>Although the startup had some tough times (Smith had to pay $ 250,000 in salaries out of pocket), the company had an order for at least one groundbreaking building, and AS + GG, Norman Foster, William Atkins, and Helmut were instead of SOM. Yang for the design and construction of the headquarters in Masdar, a zero-energy, zero-carbon city in the United Arab Emirates.<br><br>AS + GG has grown significantly since its inception in November 2006 with only 7 employees. A year later, the company employed 35 people. As of April 2008, AS + GG had over 70 employees, and in December 2008, the total number of employees was 185. The firm peaked with about 200 employees in 2009, when they had to lay off forty employees on February 28 and another 40 on March 6. the same year. The firm has hired other well-known designers from leading Chicago-based firms, but has continued to be fired every year since 2008.<br><br>The company competes with Atkins, Foster + Partners, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.<br>Significant projectsJeddah tower<br>The Jeddah Tower, over 1,000 meters high and with a total construction area of ​​530,000 m2, will be the focal point and first phase of construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at a cost of $ 20 billion near the Red Sea. In 2011, AS + GG won an international design competition among finalists for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Cohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Foster + Partners and Picard Chilton.<br>Wuhan Greenland Center<br>When completed in 2017, Wuhan Greenland Center is likely to become China’s third tallest building and the fourth tallest in the world, at 606 meters. The 120-story tower in Wuhan, China will house offices, luxury apartments and condominiums, a 45,000 m2 five-star hotel and a 27,000 m2 private club overlooking the tower’s penthouse. The Wuhan Greenland Center also features a streamlined shape that combines three main shaping concepts – a tapered body, gently rounded corners, and a domed top – to reduce wind resistance and vortex action that builds up around the support towers.<br>Central Chicago Decarbonization Plan<br>This award-winning decarbonization plan aims to reduce environmental impact and carbon emissions in downtown Chicago, and improve the overall quality of life in an urban environment. The plan represents the initial process for maintaining the economic and cultural vitality of the urban core in terms of energy and carbon. The necessary vitality of cities and urban life is a fundamental principle in the long-term idea that population growth can continue without negative impact on the environment, becoming harmful to the planet in the form of global warming.<br>Landscaping Willis Tower<br>The 110-level Willis Tower is the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. In 2008, the owners of the AS + GG to renovate the building. As part of the project, the building will undergo ongoing and new additions, including redevelopment of the building, updated lighting, addition of green roofs and photovoltaic roof grids, a major overhaul of a mechanical plant, and the inclusion of wind turbines as an energy source.<br>Dubai<br> Main article: Jumeirah Garden City<br><br>1 Dubai, is a complex of three towers in Dubai and is part of Jumeirah Garden City by Meraas Development. Each tower is 600 meters high. In 2008, AS + GG beat Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Cohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Atkins with a massive 1,200.00 cm2 design of three towers connected by sky bridges.<br>EXPO 2017<br>AS + GG developed a 173 hectare site for EXPO 2017, which was held from June 10 to September 10, 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The main theme of the EXPO was „Energy of the Future», which was reflected in the futuristic design concept of AS + GG with the image of a glass ball on a wavy glazed podium.<br>

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