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Galaxy SOHO
Zaha Hadid Architects

January 07, 2013 /

Beijing, China

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The Galaxy SOHO, inspired by the grand scale of Beijing, will become an integral part of the living city.

The architecture is a composition of five continuous, flowing volumes that are set apart, fused or linked by stretched bridges. These volumes, clad in an aluminum skin, adapt to each other in all directions, generating a panoramic architecture without corners or abrupt transitions that break the fluidity of its formal composition.

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The great interior courts of the project are a reflection of traditional Chinese architecture where courtyards create an internal world of continuous open spaces. Here, the architecture is no longer composed of rigid blocks, but instead comprised of volumes which coalesce to create a world of continuous mutual adaptation and fluid movement between each building. Shifting plateaus within the design impact upon each other to generate a deep sense of immersion and envelopment.

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As visitors enter deeper into the building, they discover intimate spaces that follow the same coherent formal logic of continuous curvelinearity.

The lower three levels of Galaxy SOHO house public facilities for retail and entertainment. The levels immediately above provide work spaces for clusters of innovative businesses. The top of the building is dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafés that offer views along one of the greatest avenues of the city.

These different functions are interconnected through intimate interiors that are always linked with the city, helping to establish Galaxy SOHO as a major urban landmark for Beijing.

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Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
Birdview

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Atrium

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Office Lobby

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Showroom Interior

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Facts about Galaxy SOHO

Site Area:

46,965 m2

Total Floor Area:

332,857 m2

Completed:

2012

Client:

SOHO China Ltd.

Design:

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director:

Satoshi Ohashi

Associate:

Cristiano Ceccato

Project Architect:

Yoshi Uchiyama

Project Team:

Stephan Wurster
Michael Hill
Samer Chamoun
Eugene Leung
Rita LeeLillie Liu
Rolando Rodriguez-Leal
Wen TaoTom Wuenschmann
Seung-ho Yeo
Shuojiong Zhang
Michael Grau
Shu Hashimoto
Shao-Wei Huang
Chikara Inamura
Lydia KimYasuko Kobayashi
Wang Lin
Yereem Park

Local Design Institute:

BIAD Beijing
Institute of Architecture & Design

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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