zaha hadid: hongqiao soho (linkong economic park)
zaha hadid: hongqiao soho (linkong economic park) zaha hadid: hongqiao soho (linkong economic park)
may 22, 2011

zaha hadid: hongqiao soho (linkong economic park)

‘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

corporate office

corporate office

site plan

(left) aerial view of site (right) night view

  • Wow, this is awesome

    Tamani says:
  • amazing Zaha!

    Adriana says:
  • some serious high speed trains, whats the top speed……faster than Shinkansen?

    tnt says:
  • Stunning design now imagine the average farmer a few miles away only making 200 Yuan a month IF he is lucky
    to sell to Restaurants in such complexes who will charge clients up to 1000 Yuan for a stylish meal. says:
  • Yeah but mostly the poor farmer gets nothing from those ‘1000 Yuan’ for a ‘stylish meal’; anyway he is happy to get rid of his stuff if it is for a ‘stylish restaurant’ in such a uneconomic material-monster (where nobody cares where the vegetable is from…) or for the people who live around him…

    rmnr says:
  • no way…!

    luca pavani says:
  • Brilliant Zaha, I do love her work.

    tom says:
  • I am from China,I love Zaha!!!!

    zinthe says:
  • like worms, I donot like this

    APGVP says:
  • come on Zaha – this is more of the same ( it’s even got the same store graphics as the other project in this edition of designboom (galaxy SOHO)

    time to move on

    dissapointed in repetition says:
  • @cj: the comment was not constructive nor were you contributing to the larger conversation. it was an inappropriate remark, therefore it was removed.

    jayme / db says:
  • it was almost the same remark as posted by “dissapointed in repetition” in which I stated Zaha Hadid is doing the same trick over and over again.

    Is db now using censorship in favor to architects?
    I thought db is/was an independent institution?


    – “I am from China,I love Zaha!!!!”
    – “no way…!”
    – “like worms, I donot like this”
    – “Brilliant Zaha, I do love her work.”
    – “Wow, this is awesome”
    – “amazing Zaha!”

    even contribute less to “the larger conversation”.

    What part of my post did you find inappropriate?

    cj says:
  • i wonder when will her pen get back to sanity ! ……. anytime soon !

    sara says:
  • future brazilia… nuff said. helicopter urbanism…?

    simg says:
  • horrible. this is not the future. this is a cartoon

    f says:
  • Considero que China, debe demostrar con sus estructuras que es una potencia mundial, con responsabilidad social, con conciencian hacia el desarrollo sostenible concluyo que estos proyectos son austeros, vanidosos, egoístas, no demuestran ningún aspecto positivo de una potencia, solo que es un niño rico que no sabe en qué gastar sus mesadas

    Chavenatto says:
  • The Lady is just great!

    szymon says:
  • hope they are not gonna built it in China

    TBOBT says:

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