Zaha Hadid Architects is making its mark in China right now with its 207-metre skyscraper, plus three other projects for the developer Soho China, three of which are in the capital city.
The 46-storey Leeza Soho tower, located in the buzzing Lize Financial Business District, will have a huge twisting atrium at its centre, which is set to be the tallest in the world.
The mixed-use building was actually designed by Zaha Hadid herself before her untimely death last year. It’s split into two halves to align with a new subway tunnel and connected by the central atrium – as the tower rises, the atrium twists 45 degrees to align with Lize Road, which is one of Beijing‘s main streets.
The building currently stands at 20 storeys high already and, once complete, the atrium is expected to reach 190m (623 ft.) – the current record holder is the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. The spectacular light-filled design is set to become an important indoor public space for Beijing, which will act as a seamless continuation of the surrounding plaza.
With sustainable living in mind, there’s space for 2,680 bikes, with lockers and showers, additionally those with electric or hybrid cars will be able to charge their cars in dedicated spaces.
‘China attracts the best talent from around the world’, explained Soho China’s chief executive Zhang Xin. ‘It’s important to work with architects who understand what the next generation requires; connecting communities and traditions with new technologies and innovations to embrace the future.’
The Leeza Soho is expected to attain its full height of 207m (679 ft.) in September and is due to be completed in late 2018. The two other Beijing projects that are currently underway by the firm are the Galaxy Soho building, which is made up of four domed structures, plus the Wangjing Soho commercial complex.