steven holl architects: linked hybrid
steven holl architects: linked hybrid steven holl architects: linked hybrid
jul 06, 2009

steven holl architects: linked hybrid

photograph: © shu he

linked hybrid is a multi-purpose complex in beijing, china designed by steven holl architects. the project is 220,000 square-meters spread over eight interconnected towers. the multiple structures are joined together by a ring of skybridges that each hold different public functions. the unusual design was created to counter current urban development trends in china. instead of a sealed off private tower, the building is a porous urban space that is open to the public on all sides. the complex houses over 750 apartments, recreation facilities, a hotel, school and various public and private facilities. the concept for the structure encapsulates a ‘city within a city’ providing service for over 2500 inhabitants. the building was recently named the ‘best tall building’ in asia and australia by the council on tall buildings and urban habitat (CTBUH).

photograph: © steven holl architects

photograph: © steven holl architects

photograph: © shu he

photograph: © shu he

photograph: © steven holl architects

photograph: © steven holl architects

  • thank you stevie!

    zigistars says:
  • great building, and a very ambitious project that I would love to see for myself one day. thanks for sharing the studio photos Andreas.

    Alejandro says:
  • im quite curious about this, defiantly some things i like about it (and in relation to location etc),

    tanya telford says:
  • I like the window design, it have different shape make it modern so much!

    Hero chu says:
  • as usually cool for our eyes. But the question is:

    Does it respond to any social or urbanistic problem or is just playing with the architecture? Is the money expent on structure worth it?

    cheg says:
  • this looks exactly like the building he designed at MIT in Cambridge MA, USA [url=](see it here)[/url]

    bostoniano says:
  • It simply added a terrible example of “modern” architecture invading a place where locals used to believe to have ancient culture & long history…

    Critique says:
  • To those who play with intelligent questions, would you have asked the same question or made the same comentary to Gaudi or to Hundrtwasser for example?

    hista says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,388 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample