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Hadid follows Stirling win with landmark Beijing office scheme

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Stirling Prize winner Zaha Hadid has unveiled this proposal for a 200m-tall office-led scheme in Beijing, China

The Wangjing Soho project, which sits between the city centre and the airport, was won in competition in December 2009 ahead of Massimiliano Fuksas and SANAA.

According to Hadid’s practice, the 521,000m2 scheme is a ‘welcoming post to the city and a gesture of farewell’. Its two towers are clad in a ‘continuously varying external skin’ and are joined by a retail podium.

A spokesman said: ‘The project is articulated into a major and minor volume, each embracing the other as two distinct forms of a single design. Each volume houses office spaces and are connected by a retail podium that unites the two buildings and creates a transition to the surrounding, fluid landscape design.

‘This articulation helps implement the project in two construction phases and differentiate the building mass within the given site, boundary, and solar envelope constraints.’

Working with engineer Adams Kara Taylor, the practice hopes to start on site early next year.

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