Galaxy Soho By Zaha Hadid

By - October 30th, 2012

Zaha Hadid, the principal architect behind the newly opened Galaxy Soho complex in central Beijing, describes the visually stunning structure as having “continuous curvilinearity.” The 339,000-square-meter office, shopping and entertainment complex contains four domed buildings, connected by a series of bridges and balconies to create “a world of fluidity and movement.” The interior space speaks to the importance of courtyards in traditional Chinese architecture, while the surrounding buildings create a sense of fluid movement, lacking any corners or abrupt transitions. The lower three levels of Galaxy Soho feature retail and entertainment zones, with work and office spaces in the floors above. Finally, the tops of the 67-meter tall buildings are dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafés, offering spectacular views of the vistas below.