The newest skyscraper of China’s financial capital, Beijing, Leeza Soho Tower, will be finished next year, 2018. Until then, our eyes will be on Zaha Hadid Architects, which were tasked with the design and conceptualization of what will be set to break records as the world’s largest atrium! Notable for being one of the last designs Hadid touched before her passing last spring, we can’t wait to see the final result!
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“The atrium space has been carefully sculpted to offer panoramic views and the use of natural daylight,” says Satoshi Ohashi, director of Zaha Hadid Architects in China. “The sound will be controlled and engineered so that the building’s mechanical equipment, ventilation system, and elevators/elevator shafts that have a chimney effect are protected with insulation to reduce noise levels.”, he adds.
Leeza Soho Tower will offer more than one million square feet of office and residential space.There’s a subway tunnel that intersects the site, which the Tower mirrors with its two distinct volumes separated by a full-height atrium. Construction is already mid-way and Leeza Soho Tower has already 20 of its 46 floors!
The double-glass-walled atrium “twists” as it ascends, creating a unique view of the building’s two halves that offers staggering views of the surrounding city.
This was Zaha Hadid’s latest project before she passed, almost a year ago. It’ll definitely be a staggering example of how the architect changed conceptions and left her mark on the architecture world. Zaha Hadid Architects prioritized sustainability with features like a 3D BIM energy management system, high-efficiency pumps and fans, and low-flow water fixtures throughout.
There’s no doubt that Beijing’s skyline will become richer and fuller with Zaha Hadid Architect’s intervention. The financial district of China’s busy capital will gain a more magical charm.
It’s expected that once finished, the 190-metre-high void will conquer the title of the world’s largest atrium – a title currently held by the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
Photos © Zaha Hadid Architects
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