Architect. Zaha Hadid Architects
Function. Lead Architect: Rolando Rodriguez Leal
Type. Architecture, Mixed Use Building
Location. Beijing, China
Client. SOHO China
Size. 330,000 sqm
The Galaxy SOHO project in central Beijing is an office, retail and entertainment complex inspired by the grand scale of the capital city. 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.
The great interior courts of the project are a reflection of traditional Chinese architecture where courtyards create an internal world of continuous open spaces. As users enter deeper into the building, they discover intimate spaces that follow the same coherent formal logic of continuous curvelinearity.
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.
Rolando has joined the project at detail design stage and followed it through construction up till completion. He was directly in charge of the external envelope design development and implementation.
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