zaha hadid architects: chaoyangmen SOHO III
zaha hadid architects: chaoyangmen SOHO III
aug 13, 2009

zaha hadid architects: chaoyangmen SOHO III

chaoyangmen SOHO III by zaha hadid architects

zaha hadid architects recently unveiled plans of their project chaoyangmen SOHO III, located in the city center of beijing. with the headquarters building of the ministry of foreign affairs on its east and chaoyangmen soho I and II on its north, it is surrounded by different urban amenities including outdoor space, offices and residential spaces. the total construction area of the project is 334,000 square meters, of which 166,000 and 86,000 square meters are designated for offices and retail uses respectively.

the project is designed based on the traditional chinese courtyard, an inner space within a building. chaoyangmen SOHO III  was conceived as a series of continuous and flowing volumes that coalesce, which fuse and pull apart as stretched bridges to create a world of continuous mutual adaptation.

zaha hadid architects: chaoyangmen SOHO III chaoyangmen SOHO III – inner courtyard

zaha hadid architects: chaoyangmen SOHO III chaoyangmen SOHO III  aerial view rendering


  • yawn…. more of the same from the zaha digital toaster and der sprockets team led by schumacher… yawn….

  • The shock of the new…
    Congrats zaha hadid

  • of course good design is not generated by a 3d program dumbass- a 3d program is a tool, it is a designer using the program that generates the good design

  • whats not boring to you joker, so much for the critics, good or bad it’s visionary, beijings got balls, something the United States could use more of when it come to new design

  • amazingly boring.

  • Agree with Max. This will will be so dated in a decade or two. Think of ‘streamline design’ the somewhat futuristic style of the first half of the previous century? We now look at it as cartoony.

    Didn’t Zaha start off with those sharp-edged designs? When she got her hands on software that warps and makes things fluid, it al changed overnight. Just as it did for her some of her peers. It is interchangable and uninspiring. It seems to be the fate of large scale architecture.

  • I am sick of all this ‘blink blink 3d stuff’ – this will never look like that – sorry – good design is not generated by a 3d programme – again sorry

  • The techniques of form making are very similar to how Thom Mayne and Morphosis created their courthouse in Oregon. [url=] Image of Courts [/url]

  • Thrillingly beautiful, stunning Zaha, so simple and so beautiful, bravo !

  • WE love Zaha Hadid


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