February 15, 2013, 4:45 pm

Shoot by Fernando Guerra in Beijing last December

Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects in Beijing, China. Photography by FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura.
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‘Galaxy Soho constitutes a new office, retail and entertainment complex for the heart of this great Chinese city – matching its grand scale. The complex comprises five continuous flowing volumes, set apart yet fused or linked by a sequence of stretched bridges. Each volume adapts outwards, generating a panoramic architecture devoid of corners or abrupt transitions.

Galaxy Soho reinvents the great interior courts of Chinese antiquity to create an internal world of continuous open spaces. Here, architecture no longer incorporates rigid blocks, but instead comprises volumes which coalesce to achieve continuous mutual adaptation and fluid movement between buildings. Shifting plateaus impact upon each other to generate a deep sense of immersion and envelopment, allowing visitors to discover intimate spaces as they move deeper in the building.

The structure’s three lower levels contain retail and entertainment facilities, those above provide works spaces for innovative businesses of many kinds, while top levels are dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafes – many with views along the city’s great avenues’.

Text by ZAHA HADID architects
PHOTOGRAPHY: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, Lisbon, Portugal. ARCHITECT: ZAHA HADID architects, London, UK. DESIGN: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher. PROJECT DIRECTOR: Satoshi Ohashi. PROJECT ARCHITECT: Yoshi Uchiyama. ASSOCIATE: Cristiano Ceccato. LOCATION: Beijing, China. DESCRIPTION: DESCRIPTION: office, retail and entertainment complex. STATUS: completed. AREA: 332,857 sqm. PROJECT TEAM: Kelly Lee, Rita Lee, Eugene Leung, Lillie Liu, Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Seung-ho Yeo. PROJECT TEAM (DD phase): Dorian Bybee, Michael Grau, Shu Hashimoto, Shao-Wei Huang, Chikara Inamura , Lydia Kim, Christoph Klemmt, Yasuko Kobayashi, Raymond Lau, Wang Lin, Yereem Park, Tao Wen, Stephan Wurster. PROJECT TEAM (SD phase): Samer Chamoun, Michael Hill, Tom Wuenschmann, Shuojiong Zhang. COMPETITION TEAM: DaeWha Kang (Lead Designer), Monika Bilska, Elizabeth Bishop, Diogo Brito, Brian Dale, Kent Gould, Jwalant Mahadevwala, Michael Powers, Vignesh Ramaraju. LOCAL DESIGN INSTITUTE: BIAD (Beijing Institute of Architecture and Design), Beijing. LIGHTING: Lightdesign. CONTRACTOR: China Construction First Building (Group) Corporation Ltd. DATE: 2009 / 2012. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.
Galaxy Soho
Galaxy Soho by ZAHA HADID architects in Beijing, China

Shoot by Fernando Guerra in Beijing last December

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