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Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • 01:00 - 29 October, 2012
Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects
Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Soho, Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director

    Satoshi Ohashi
  • Associate

    Cristiano Ceccato
  • Project Architect

    Yoshi Uchiyama
  • Project Team

    Stephan Wurster, Michael Hill, Samer Chamoun, Eugene Leung, Rita Lee, Lillie Liu, Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Wen Tao, Tom Wuenschmann, Seung-ho Yeo, Shuojiong Zhang, Michael Grau, Shu Hashimoto, Shao-Wei Huang, Chikara Inamura, Lydia Kim, Yasuko Kobayashi, Wang Lin, Yereem Park
  • Local Design Institute

    BIAD Beijing Institute of Architecture & Design
  • Area

    332857.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The Galaxy SOHO project in central Beijing for SOHO China is a 330 000m2 office, retail and entertainment complex that will become an integral part of the living city, inspired by the grand scale of Beijing. Its architecture is a composition of five continuous, flowing volumes that are set apart, fused or linked by stretched bridges. These volumes adapt to each other in all directions, generating a panoramic architecture without corners or abrupt transitions that break the fluidity of its formal composition.

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The great interior courts of the project are a reflection of traditional Chinese architecture where courtyards create an internal world of continuous open spaces. Here, the architecture is no longer composed of rigid blocks, but instead comprised of volumes which coalesce to create a world of continuous mutual adaptation and fluid movement between each building. Shifting plateaus within the design impact upon each other to generate a deep sense of immersion and envelopment. As users enter deeper into the building, they discover intimate spaces that follow the same coherent formal logic of continuous curvelinearity.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The lower three levels of Galaxy SOHO house public facilities for retail and entertainment. The levels immediately above provide work spaces for clusters of innovative businesses. The top of the building is dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafés that offer views along one of the greatest avenues of the city. These different functions are interconnected through intimate interiors that are always linked with the city, helping to establish Galaxy SOHO as a major urban landmark for Beijing.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects" 29 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Sapiverbum · April 10, 2016

Here is a compiliation of Zaha Hadid's top 10 buildings:

Witkowski Boguslaw · July 17, 2013

Leon, zhe shi hen dui de, ye hao wanr de :-)

Leon Chil · July 02, 2013


Witkowski Boguslaw · January 04, 2013

Dear SchizoBuddy, I just would like quote that Soho Galaxy has strange similarity with the MVRDV competition project conceived 4 years before and should be realized in 2011. Unfortunately many very original and ambitious competition projects are note realized.

Dave · January 21, 2013 10:18 PM

Except for the color and the heights of the buildings, you're absolutely right--a very strong similarity between the two projects.

maryam · December 07, 2012

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Witkowski Boguslaw · November 08, 2012

Wonderful, I agree that architectural details are poor but this is one of the characteristics of this “brand”. However what I see here is an interesting similarity with the MVRDV Kwanggyo power centre in Korea of 2008, to be realized in 2011.

alex · November 07, 2012

scrolled down to see a "project status", to determine wether i'm looking at renderings or not. no project status. still not sure.

Witkowski Boguslaw · November 07, 2012

Wonderful, I agree with Jaime that architectural details are poor but this is one of the characteristics of this “brand”. However what I see here is an interesting similarity with the MVRDV Kwanggyo power centre in Korea of 2008(to be realized in 2011):

MySchizoBuddy · January 02, 2013 11:01 AM

You didn't realize it is end of 2012 and you are quoting a construction to be realized in 2011. This project was obviously never constructed

Lorenzo Meschini · November 06, 2012

A Zaha Hadid version of "Sanlitun Soho" complex...

mohammd · November 03, 2012

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jprati · October 31, 2012

This is great. There is definitely a common thread throughout Zaha's big body (of work), but I love the fact that she explores a different aesthetic, a different way to articulate space in every project. There is a freshness, uniqueness, and inventiveness with every new creation. Now if only she were more likeable...

Pierre · October 30, 2012

No interior pictures besides the big crowd!?

Dennis Moss Jnr · October 30, 2012

this is more like it, Zaha! beautiful

Jaime Daza · October 30, 2012

I was there on saturday for the opening. Great design, Great visual impact, poor construction details.

manpreet kaur · May 09, 2013 07:28 PM

poor construction detail means ? finshes is not done properly ?

Yuxiao He · October 30, 2012 07:44 PM

hi, im curious about the 'poor construction' as you said? do you mean it's terrible to look closer?

Pechakucha Beijing · October 30, 2012 09:07 AM

Amazing opening. 20,000 people came to see the building, Zaha Hadid and Pechakucha lectures. Excellent!

zhao kris · October 30, 2012


Ugh · November 01, 2012 10:00 AM

For all Chinese, I think firstly you should not speak Chinese in this web. I known there are more than 1 billion people can understand u, but it doesn't happen with 5 billion other in the world.


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