‘linkong economic park / hongqiao SOHO’ by zaha hadid architects, shanghai, china
images courtesy of zaha hadid architects
now obtaining permit for build is zaha hadid‘s multi-purpose structure for SOHO china, entitled ‘linkong economic park’.
located within the great hongqiao business zone close to the main transportation, airport and city center, the retail and business
complex is the second building designed by hadid for the largest property developers in shanghai, china.
conceived as a meandering ribbon-like form, the design aims to bind the facility together with the surrounding community.
pinched in its appearance, the smooth and complex structure creates a series of dynamic spaces that seem to reflect the
vibration and energy of the city. iconic and bold, the mixed-use ‘park’ stands out from the retail context of its neighboring plots,
possessing a highly visible identity that when complete, will become a destination in its own right.
overall view of four wings
defined by its calligraphic gesture and distinctive metallic envelope,
the mixed-use building features four twisting and elongated
volumes, each representing a distinct cluster of activities. intimate
courtyards sit in the negative space between the intersecting wings,
and together with the green roof, integrate nature into the dense urban
environment. curvilinear forms and expansive interior volumes
continue throughout the internal spaces, where the architecture begins to dictate how the facility is used and experienced.
inside the retail zone
(left) aerial view of site
(right) night view