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Lubetkin Prize shortlist: Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has been named among the finalists for this year’s Lubetkin Prize

Judges citation: Zaha Hadid Architects has not worked on a shopping centre before, but Galaxy Soho represents a welcome democratisation of its work.

Situated on the second of 10 ring roads that girdle and define the sprawling city and with its link to the metro system, this development is distinctly urban rather than suburban; civic as much as it is commercial. Its public space at lower ground level, with well-detailed seating and fountains, demonstrates a rare generosity in a country determined to out-do the west’s commercialisation.

By breaking the building’s mass into four flowing asymmetric domes of varying heights, light gets deep into the floorplates. Each structure encloses a glazed atrium, around which the circulation is arranged. Bands of white aluminium and glass give an almost geological presence.

Project data

Client SOHO China
Contract value Undisclosed
Contractor China Construction First Building Group
Completion date October 2012
Gross internal area 370,000m²

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