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Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - OpeningThe Galaxy SOHO project in central Beijing for SOHO China is a 330 000m2 office, retail and entertainment complex that will become an integral part of the living city, inspired by the grand scale of Beijing. Its architecture is a composition of five continuous, flowing volumes that are set apart, fused or linked by stretched bridges. These volumes adapt to each other in all directions, generating a panoramic architecture without corners or abrupt transitions that break the fluidity of  its formal composition.

Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - Opening

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Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - Opening

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In May 2012 we published an article about Galaxy SOHO. Now the building is finished.

Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - Opening

© Iwan Baan

Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - Opening

© Iwan Baan

Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - Opening

© Iwan Baan

The great interior courts of the project are a reflection of traditional Chinese architecture where courtyards create an internal world of continuous open spaces. Here, the architecture is no longer composed  of rigid blocks, but instead comprised of volumes which coalesce to create a world of continuous mutual adaptation and fluid movement between each building. Shifting plateaus within the design impact upon each other to generate a deep 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 curvelinearity.

Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - Opening

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Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - Opening

© Courtesy Soho China

Zaha Hadid Architects | Galaxy SOHO - Opening

© Courtesy Soho China

The lower three levels of Galaxy SOHO house public facilities for retail and entertainment. The levels immediately above provide work spaces for clusters of innovative businesses. The top of the building is dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafés that offer views along one of the greatest avenues of the city. These different functions are interconnected through intimate interiors that are always linked with the city, helping to establish Galaxy SOHO as a major urban landmark for Beijing.

Location: Bejing, China
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Project name: Galaxy SOHO
Date: 2008 – 2012
Client: SOHO China
Program: Mixed-use Commercial, Building (Office & Retail)
Status: Completed
Construction:  2009 – 12 (30-months)
Design:  Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi
Associate: Cristiano Ceccato
Project Architect: Yoshi Uchiyama
Project Team: Stephan Wurster, Michael Hill, Samer Chamoun, Eugene Leung, Rita Lee, Lillie Liu, Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Wen Tao, Tom Wuenschmann, Seung-ho Yeo, Shuojiong Zhang, Michael Grau, Shu Hashimoto, Shao-Wei Huang, Chikara Inamura, Lydia Kim, Yasuko Kobayashi, Wang Lin, Yereem Park
Local Design Institute: BIAD Beijing Institute of Architecture & Design
Plot area: 46,965 m2
Total Floor Area: 332,857 m2
Above Ground: 4 Towers 15 Floors (12 Office Floors and 3 Retail Floors)
Max Height: 67 meters
Below Ground: B1 Floor Retail and B2, B3 Parking (1275 cars), MEP
Retail Floors: B1F,1F,2F,3F (90,000 m2)
Materials Skin: 3mm Aluminium Exterior, Cladding, Insulated Glass, Stone
Materials Interiors: Glass, Terrazzo, GRG, Stainless Steel, Gypsum Board Painted
Structure: Standard Concrete, Structure (8.4m spans)
Floor to Floor Heights: Retail floors 5.4m, office floors 3.5m

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