Galaxy Soho…the new multipurpose building designed by Zaha Hadid!

The Galaxy Soho

The Galaxy Soho , in central Beijng, is a project for SOHO China by Zaha Hadid Architects; it is a 330.000 m2 office, retail and entertainment complex and its architecture is a fluid composition of five volumes that are fused or linked by stretched bridges. These volumes generate a dynamic form and create a panoramic internal space, without corners or transitions that break the fluidity of the project! The interior courts are a reflection of traditional Chinese architecture of continuous open spaces; the architects say: “The architecture is not made by rigid blocks, but instead comprised of volumes which combine to produce a deep sense of immersion and envelopment”. The lower three levels of Galaxy SOHO house public facilities, the levels immediately above provide work spaces and the top of the building is dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafés that offer views along one of the greatest avenues of the city; in fact this complex has a striking and monumental presence along Beijing’s East 2nd Ring Road. I think this project is a jewel of contemporary architecture and it has also the quality of being designed  to reduce its environmental impact: it has a bicycle storage and a parking for electric vehicles equipped with charging stations; moreover the double glazing “Silver Low-E” – anti-heat, anti radiation – together to low energy lighting, characterize the four buildings of the cylindrical structure to reduce costs. The Galaxy SOHO, futuristic and sustainable, is a masterpiece by the team of a great woman, Zaha Hadid;  she was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 (the first woman to do so) and she is an important icon for an aspiring architect like me!!! 🙂The Galaxy Soho

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  1. Antonia
    Dic 07, 2012 @ 10:30:47

    Intresting article! Very well written! Congratulations “Miss Architect to be”

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