leeza SOHO tower with twisting atrium in Beijing

leeza SOHO tower from zaha hadid will feature the world’s tallest twisting atrium. It is the most recent of a number of four projects between the office of zaha habid architects and soho china. All in all offering a 1.4 million square meters of retail spaces and of course offices. The SOHO tower is located in the new financial district in the center of beijing. At the moment the structure is under construction and it is scheduled to reach the full height of 207 Meters in this September. Planned to complete the whole building is by late 2018.

the zaha habid architects proposed also a new subway walking tunnel which is dividing the site in two pieces diagonally. Another very distinctive feature is the central atrium of the building. It will be the world’s largest – that extends 190 meters. From ground to the full height of the structure. This architectural feature will be a new public space for the city and also for visitors. The atrium of the leeza SOHO tower allows natural light and in addition views of the city reaching all floors.

leeza SOHO tower atrium

The glass curtain is structured with an envelope of double insulated and also unitized glass. The wall system steps the glazing units on each floor at an angle. It allows the ventilating registers drawing air from the outside through an cavity when required. It is creating an efficient environmental control for each floor.

the scheme hopes to reach LEED gold certification using techniques, including the self-shading atrium that will be insulated with low-e glazing. To promote a comfortable indoor environment throughout beijing’s changing seasons.

 Within the Lize Financial Business District – a new business, residential and transport hub adjacent to Financial Road in southwest Beijing – Leeza Soho is located at the intersection of Lines 14 and also 16 currently under-construction for the Beijing Subway rail network. It is located directly above the new interchange station for the financial district. The Leeza Soho connects with the city’s bus network on Lize Road to the north and also Lou Tuo Wan East Road to the east.

Anchoring the new financial district, the 172,800m² Leeza Soho design has evolved from its specific site conditions. Straddling the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site, the tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium – the world’s tallest – extends 190m through full height of the building connecting the two halves together.

 
text inspired by designboom, all images © MIR / zaha hadid architects
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leeza SOHO tower from zaha hadid will feature the world's tallest twisting atrium. It is scheduled to reach the full height of 207 Meters in this September.
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