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Zaha Hadid unwraps Galaxy Soho in Beijing

[FIRST LOOK] Zaha Hadid Architects’ has completed the Galaxy Soho office, retail and entertainment complex in Beijing

The 330,000m² mixed-use development located in Chaoyangmen, central Beijing is formed of four domed buildings which are connected by a system of bridges and balconies to create a ‘world of fluidity and movement’.

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The four 67m-tall towers contain public facilities for retail and entertainment on the lower three storeys, with 12 floors of office above, and bars, restaurants and cafés at the top of the building.

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Galaxy Soho launch

Zaha Hadid Architects are currently working on two further schemes for Soho China, the Wangjing project in Beijing and Sky development in Shanghai.

Architect’s view

Zaha Hadid, founding partner, Zaha Hadid Architects

Working on Galaxy for Soho China was very exciting. The design responds to the varied contextual relationships and dynamic conditions of Beijing. We have created a variety of public spaces that directly engage with the city; reinterpreting the traditional urban fabric and contemporary living patterns into a seamless urban landscape inspired by nature

The natural rhythms and flows of the city, of the environment and of the people have been integrated within the design to define its formal composition.

Project data

Architect Zaha Hadid Architects
Design Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project director Satoshi Ohashi
Associate Cristiano Ceccato
Project architect Yoshi Uchiyama
Plot area 46,965 m²
Total floor area 332,857 m²
Construction 2009 - 2012 (30-months)

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