Following a hectic period during which Zaha Hadid stopped a BBC interview and became the first female architect to receive the RIBA Gold Medal Award, her international practice announced the plans to build the Leeza SOHO tower in southwest Beijing, China, home to the “world’s tallest atrium”.

The “gently twisting’ cylindrical tower” will have 46 stories and an atrium of 200 m in height, Architectural Journal reports. The project will provide an underground promenade between the subway station and a public park to the west. A parking area for 480 cars and room for 2,690 bikes will also be included.

The building will use a 3D BIM energy management system that “monitors in real-time environmental control and energy efficiency”.

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Project Information:

Project: Leeza SOHO

Client: Soho China

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects

Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrick Schumacher

Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi

Associate: Ed Gaskin, Armando Solano

Project Team: Kaloyan Erevinov, Philipp Ostermaier (Lead Designer); Shu Hashimoto, Christoph Klemmt, Yang Jingwen, Samson Lee, Di Ding, Xuexin Duan, Juan Liu, Dennis Brezina, Rita Lee, Seungho Yeo


Structure: Bollinger+Grohmann (Competition), CABR (SD), BIAD (DD) (CD)

Facade: KWP (SD), Kighton Façade, Yuanda (DD) (CD)

MEP: Parsons Brinkerhoff (SD), BIAD (DD) (CD)

Lightning: Light Design (SD)(DD)

Landscape: ZHA (SD)(DD), Ecoland (DD)(CD)


Site Area: 30,688m²

Gross Floor Area: 172,800 m²

Above Ground: 124,000 m²

Below Ground: 48,800 m²

Tower: 123,740 m²

pavilions: 220 m²

Height: 207 m

Top of occupied floor: 190,5 m (45 floors)

Floors Above Ground: 46 Levels (Lobby 3900 m2, Offices 110,474 m2, MEP floors9406 m2)

Floors Below Ground: 4 levels (2 levels retail, 2 levels parking, subway tunnel)

Retail: 10,000 m²

Atrium Height: 191 m

Vehicular Parking: 480

Bicycle Parking: 2,680

By: Ana Cosma

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