ZAHA HADID architects
Galaxy Soho in Beijing, China

"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".

Zaha Hadid Architects

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SOHO China Ltd

2009 / 2012

Five continuous, flowing volumes coalesce to create an internal world of continuous
open spaces within Galaxy Soho – a new office, retail entertainment complex devoid of corners or abrupt transitions – a re-inventing of the classical Chinese courtyard which generates an immersive, enveloping experience at the heart of Beijing.
  Built 332,857m2

Plot area 46,965 m2

Above Ground 4 Towers 15 Floors (12 Office Floors and 3 Retail Floors)

Max Height 67 meters

Below Ground B1 Floor Retail and B2 & B3 Parking (1275 cars), MEP

Retail Floors B1F, 1F, 2F, 3F (90,000 m2)

Zaha Hadid architects

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director
Satoshi Ohashi

Project Architect
Yoshi Uchiyama

Cristiano Ceccato
  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


China Construction First Building (Group) Corporation Ltd
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