‘leeza SOHO’ is the most recent of four project collaborations between zaha hadid architects and soho china, totaling 1.4 million square meters of office and retail space. anchoring the new financial district in the heart of beijing, the tower is currently under construction where it is scheduled to reach its full 207 meter-height in september, and be completed by late 2018.

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all images © MIR / zaha hadid architects

 

 

the proposal by zaha hadid architects straddles a new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site. a distinctive feature is the building’s central atrium — the world’s tallest — that extends 190 meters through the full height of the structure. this architectural feature, which will be a new public space for the city, allows natural light and views of the city to reach all floors.

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as the tower rises, the diagonal axis is re-aligned by ‘twisting’ the atrium

 

 

structurally, the envelope uses a double-insulated, unitized glass curtain. this wall system steps the glazing units on each floor at an angle, allowing ventilating registers to draw outside air through an operable cavity when required, creating efficient environmental control for each floor. the scheme hopes to reach LEED gold certification using techniques, including the self-shading atrium that will be insulated with low-e glazing to promote a comfortable indoor environment throughout beijing’s changing seasons.

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the 46-storey (207m) mixed-use tower will include the world’s tallest atrium

 

 

project info:

 

architect: zaha hadid architects
design: zaha hadid and patrik schumacher
project director: satoshi ohashi
project associates: kaloyan erevinov, ed gaskin, armando solano
project architect: philipp ostermaier
project team: yang jingwen, di ding, xuexin duan, samson lee, shu hashimoto, christoph klemmt,
juan liu, dennis brezina, rita lee, seungho yeo
competition project directors: satoshi ohashi and manuela gatto
competition team lead designers: philipp ostermaier, dennis brezina, claudia dorner
competition team: yang jingwen, igor pantic, mu ren, konstantinos mouratidis, nicolette chan, yung-chieh huang
 

consultants:
structure: bollinger + grohmann (competition), cabr (sd), biad (dd) (cd)
facade: kwp (sd), kighton façade, yuanda (dd) (cd)
MEP: parsons brinkerhoff (sd), biad (dd) (cd)
lighting: light design (sd) (dd), leuchte (cd)
landscape: zha (sd) (dd), ecoland (dd) (cd)
interiors: zha (sd) (dd), huateng (cd)
executive architect: biad
general contractor: china state construction engineering corporation #3
façade contractor: lingyun, yuanda

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