Zaha Hadid completed in 2015 one of her major projects in China – a trio of curved towers that respond to the city’s flows and which look like giant pebbles.
Wangjing SOHO Towers Technical Information
- Architects1-3: Zaha Hadid Architects & Patrik Schumacher
- Location: Beijing, China
- Typology: Residencial Projects /Apartments
- Gross Floor Area: 521,265 m2
- Project Years: 2009-2015
- Photographs: © Virgile Simon Bertrand / © Robert Herrmann / © Cristiano Bianchi
The juxtaposition of the tower’s fluid forms continuously changes when viewed from different directions; appearing as individual buildings in some views, or as a connected ensemble in others.
– Zaha Hadid Architects Team
Wangjing SOHO Photographs
© Virgile Simon Bertrand
Wangjing SOHO Article by the Architects
Located in Wangjing’s center, Wangjing Soho is a mixed-use development consisting of three towers 118, 127, 200 meters in height designed as three interweavings ‘mountains’ that fuse building and landscape to bring together the surrounding community with a new 60,000 m2 public park.
The design responds to the city’s flows and allows natural daylight into each building from all directions. The juxtaposition of the tower’s fluid forms continuously changes when viewed from different directions, appearing as individual buildings in some views or as a connected ensemble in others.
The towers’ orientation and composition have been defined to direct visitors and staff to the various transport links surrounding the site. The cohesive design of the project creates an anchor and identity for the growing Wangjing community.
Wangjing SOHO Plans
Wangjing SOHO Image Gallery
About Zaha Hadid
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA (1950 – 2016) was a British Iraqi architect, artist, and designer, recognized as a major figure in architecture of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Hadid studied mathematics as an undergraduate and then enrolled at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1972. In search of an alternative system to traditional architectural drawing, influenced by Suprematism and the Russian avant-garde, Hadid adopted painting as a design tool and abstraction as an investigative principle to “reinvestigate the aborted and untested experiments of Modernism […] to unveil new fields of building.”
- Principle Architect: Satoshi Ohashi
- Collaborators: Associate: Cristiano Ceccato / Project Manager: Raymond Lau / Project Architect: Armando Solano / Consultants: Structure: Adams Kara Taylor UK (Competition); CCDI Beijing (SD), (DD), (CD) / Facade: Arup Facade HK (SD); Inhabitat Beijing (DD) / Mep, Vt, Fire Safety, Sustainability: Hoare Lea UK (Competition); Arup Engineers (SD)
- Design team: Satoshi Ohashi, Christiano Ceccato Inanc Eray, Ceyhun Baskin, Chikara Inamura, Michael Grau, Raymond Lau, Hoda Nobakhati, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Michal Treder, Yang Jingwen, Christoph Klemmt, Shu Hashimoto, Yung-Chieh Huang, Rita Lee, Samson Lee, Feng Lin Seungho Yeo, Di Ding, Xuexin Duan Chaoxiong Huang, Ed Gaskin, Bianca Cheung, Chao-Ching Wang, John Klein, Ho-Ping Hsia, Yu Du, Sally Harris, Oliver Malm, Rashiq Muhamadali, Matthew Richardson