Zaha Hadid Seeing Double in China

Wangjing SOHO: East © ZHA

Eleven  projects are currently being constructed in China, however one of them has the international architecture mogul seeing double. Unfortunately, Hadid has found herself in a race to finish the Wangjing SOHO office and retail complex in Beijing before pirates complete their doppelgänger version in , a megacity near the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau.

As reported on Spiegel Online, the Dame claimed that the pirates are currently in the lead and building faster than SOHO. The original, which is set for completion in 2014, features three curved towers whose “shimmering”, metallic skin unifies the complex as each volume appears to “dance” around each other.

Hadid is not the first to be mimicked in China. Last year, a small UNESCO-protected village in Austria, Hallstatt, was recreated, brick for brick, in the subtropical district of Guangdong, China. You can find the complete story here.

Wangjing SOHO: Northwest Aerial © ZHA

via Spiegel Online

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Zaha Hadid Seeing Double in China" 01 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    Oh no a highrise looks similar to another highrise. That must be the end of the world. *cough* international style *cough*

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    Unloading amounts of m2 like that doesn´t require a grain of “originality” neither “inspiration” in both cases. Hadid, Shmadid; no one could care less, really!

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    Wouldn’t say it is a copycat. These towers are simple in design and do not challenge the mind in form or space. Zaha was simply the first to conjure this thing and now someone else will do the same. Can we see better designs from Zaha in the future? Come on Zaha, surprise us once more!

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