zaha hadid: galaxy soho completed
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oct 30, 2012
zaha hadid: galaxy soho completed


‘galaxy SOHO’ by zaha hadid, beijing, china
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designboom attended the inauguration of the ‘galaxy SOHO’ by zaha hadid architects, a new 330 000m2 commercial icon in the
city of beijing (see designboom’s coverage of the structure nearing completion here). composed of five independent concrete volumes
wrapped in insulated aluminum panels and connected by a series of stretched bridges, the fluid vernacular eliminates all corners
in an integrated seamless structure. taking cues from the chinese architecture, pockets of intimate courtyards create quiet internal spaces,
found also in the interior providing smaller private areas during the conceptual phase. the first three floors are allocated to retail
and entertainment functions, followed by the office clusters stacked on top, and bars, cafes and restaurants reigning at the highest level,
offering panoramic views of the greatest avenues in the city.

 

 


bridges connect the spherical masses
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bridges connect the spherical masses
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the individual volumes are linked by stretched bridges
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view down onto the promenades connecting the individual towers
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the structure is clad in 3mm aluminium
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the sinuous lines of the structure offer formal connection points between the towers
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worm’s-eye view

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exterior views of the office and retail areas
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one of the entrances into the ‘galaxy soho’
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D-2 tower display board on ground floor
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linear lighting elements in the ceiling illuminate the space while also visually guiding visitors
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the first three floors of the ‘galaxy soho’ are dedicated retail office and entertainment spaces
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elevators and means of traffic flow through the building
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lighting details highlight the flow of escalators throughout and add visual interest
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commercial spaces
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connecting hallway
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workspace with windows facing out
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green roof feature
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bird’s-eye view of the glass ceiling at night
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from certain angles the curving structure appears very abstracted
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general view of the ‘galaxy soho’ by night
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model
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model indicating the relation of the four volumes
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project info:

design: zaha hadid with patrik schumacher
architect: zaha hadid architects
project director: satoshi ohashi
associate: cristiano ceccato
project architect: yoshi uchiyama
project team: stephan wurster, michael hill, samer chamoun, eugene leung, rita lee, lillie liu, rolando, rodriguez-leal, wen tao,
tom wuenschmann, seung-ho yeo, shuojiong zhang, michael grau, shu hashimoto, shao-wei huang, chikara inamura, lydia kim,
yasuko kobayashi, wang lin, yereem park, local design institute, biad beijing institute of architecture & design
plot area: 46,965 m2
total floor area: 332,857 m2
above ground: 4 towers 15 floors (12 office floors and 3 retail floors)
max height: 67 meters
below ground: b1 floor retail and b2, b3 parking (1275 cars), mep, retail floors, b1f,1f,2f,3f (90,000 m2)
materials skin: 3mm aluminium exterior cladding, insulated glass, stone
materials interiors: glass, terrazzo, grg, stainless steel, gypsum, board painted
structure: standard concrete structure (8.4m spans)
floor to floor heights: retail floors 5.4m, office floors 3.5m

 

 

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