zaha hadid: galaxy SOHO (chaoyangmen SOHO) now under construction zaha hadid: galaxy SOHO (chaoyangmen SOHO) now under construction
may 23, 2011

zaha hadid: galaxy SOHO (chaoyangmen SOHO) now under construction

‘galaxy soho’ by zaha hadid, beijing, china images courtesy of zaha hadid architects and SOHO china

now under construction is ‘galaxy soho’ by zaha hadid. located in beijing, china, the project – previously known as chaoyangmen SOHO III – will become an integral part of the bustling city center. containing a mixed program of office, retail and entertainment, the facility features an integrated environment of indoor and outdoor environments that look to continuously interconnect the building with the encompassing city.

grand and dominant in its scale, the structure is composed of four continuous, flowing volumes, set apart and linked by a series of stretched and winding bridges. each unique in form, the individual volumes adapt to each other in all directions, generating a unit without corners or abrupt transitions that break the fluidity of its formal composition.


as designboom previously reported, the inner arrangement is a reflection of traditional chinese architecture where courtyards create an internal world of continuous open spaces. void of rigid blocks and linear organization, the interior areas are comprised of volumes which come together to create a world of mutual adaptation and movement. shifting plateaus within the design impact upon each other to generate a sense of immersion and envelopment. as users enter deeper into the building, they discover intimate spaces that follow the same coherent formal logic of continuous curve-linearity.

the flowing form, void of ninety degree angles contrasts its surrounding context

the lower three levels of the complex will house public facilities for retail and entertainment. the levels immediately above

provide work spaces for clusters of innovative businesses and the top of the building is dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafes

that offer views of the surrounding city.


view from bridge


retail level



reception in private office unit


looking down between volumes

night view

aerial view at night

site plan

  • usually rather arbitrary, Zaha’z work has now become boring

    dbkii says:
  • she needs to use a different software…or try no software for a while

    pipi says:
  • norman fosters london city hall multiplicated by four

    h.werner says:
  • rather monotonous.

    JRL says:
  • b.i.g. …….

    j.d says:
  • It’s sad that “SOHO”, that intimate enclave of small scale stores and thriving urbanism in NYC, has become a brand identity for all sorts of anonymous high-end retail campuses. We’d be much better off with more real SOHO’s, and fewer starchitect icons.

    Kris says:
  • Original,beautiful,wordlessly awesome!!!!!

    Mary Wilinsky says:
  • I would have to agree with h. werner! This is EXACTLY like the London Hall!!

    Mel says:
  • The great architects re-invent themselves again and again.
    Zaha clearly aint great yet

    dissapointed in repetition says:
  • WTF Zahaaaa. Norman Foster´s building look like

    Juan Cristobal says:
  • Thumbs up. Harmonious to the eye d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • god, this isn’t even GOOD zaha.

    callmecritical says:

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