Wangjing Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects


Wangjing Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects have released new renders of a 200-metre-high commercial complex designed for Beijing.

Wangjing Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Wangjing Soho complex will comprise three large pebble-shaped buildings overlooking a road that leads to Beijing Capital Airport.

Wangjing Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

A three-storey retail podium will occupy the basement, ground and first floors of the buildings, while up to 37 floors of offices will be located above.

Wangjing Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

Three underground floors will provide car parking.

Wangjing Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

We recently featured Zaha Hadid's Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics on Dezeen - see all our stories about Zaha Hadid Architects here.

Here are a few more details from the architects:

Wangjing Soho
Beijing, China

The Wangjing Soho building complex is a beacon along the way to Beijing’s modern gateway, the Capital Airport, and the journey of transition to and from the city.

The project acts as a welcoming post to the city and a gesture of farewell when departing Beijing. The buildings achieve this by reading differently when transitioning in either direction, leaving distinctly different impressions on those who pass by.

Like Chinese Fans, the volumes appear to move around each other in an intricate dance, each embracing the other from a continuously changing angle. This interplay creates a vibrant architectural complex that is enhanced by an equally dynamic external skin, which continuously varies in density creating a shimmering, exciting presence.

Program: Commerical Offi ce & Retail Complex
Client: SOHO China Ltd.
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects

Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi
Associate: Cristiano Ceccato
Project Manager: Raymond Lau
Project Architect: Armando Solano
Project Team: Bianca Cheung, Yu Du, Ed Gaskin, Sally Harris, Chao-Ching Wang, Feng Lin, Yikai Lin, Oliver Malm, Rashiq Muhamadali Matthew Richardson, Yichi Zhang, Yan Guangyuan, Ma Xinyue Zhang Zhe
Competition Team: Ceyhun Baskin, Inanc Eray, Chikara Inamura, Michael Grau, Hoda Nobakhati, Michal Treder, Yevgeniya Pozigun

  • guy

    There are not that many helicopters pilot in the world, and fewer still who love architecture, so I wonder why it is that so many architects, ostensibly good ones, show their buildings from angles only available to helicopter pilots.

    • bern

      thank you so much guy; it is so true… most of them forget the human scale. Might be worth explaining also that this kind of organic architecture has a huge cost; lost spaces… Enormous amounts of volume are just there to follow the curve without any other purpose…

    • lemon

      And that's why Jan gehl lovingly refers to it as 'bird shit' architecture :)

    • ron burgundy

      Well said.

    • stx

      But what about Google Earth! Everyone can see now, and navigate around buildings! I also prefer human scale view, just sayng! :)

    • tim

      i don't know if its a global term but we refer to these views as 'hero' or 'god' shots. They make the whole scheme more flattering. My tutors at uni do remind us though that most of the time only people sitting in low flying air balloons or helicopters will ever see the building from these angles.

    • Remfro

      HOLD THE PHONE! Isn't is just eye candy. If you show these kinds of images to non architects, they are always floored. Especially high rise development types who spend a fair amount of time and money in high-rise condo flats, that in many ways see the world from that angle. What I find fantastic about this is that it completely clarifies a level paying field between Starchitects offices VS 1 graduate student in terms of design. Execution, however, is the name of the game. Bravo, YES, is indeed more.

  • It looks a bit.. I don't know.. dull, or is it just me? Certainly not very spectacular on the outside, but look forward to the interior!

  • Erik

    God, does that ground plane look bleak and hostile. Especially in the render of the low rise bldg with the auto entrances… The only building with a semi human scale has apparently no places for a human to walk without crossing roads. All of the buildings are pulled back behind endless expanses of paving and grass. Boring and a disappointment.

  • zetre

    the roads surrounding those things point towards a lovely park experience..

  • andrea

    C est une inspiration au Morro dois Irmãos, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro? Pour les bresliens je pense le premièr pensé sur le modéle. Très bien et merci pour faire hommage a nous . Andrea – BHte, Brasil.

  • Jason Briggs

    They look more like overcrowded Chinese tombstones. Very surprised at the shallowness of the concept.

  • caid

    like the relief theme, very awesome!

  • mike

    you guys are just jealous. try it, maybe you'll like it. and about the groundplane: if you don't like Maya Lin's Vietnam memorial then that's ok, but if you do, then you're confused.

    • zeemmee

      Yes Mike, lot of zaha hater here, they come out of hiding every once in a while when zaha's out with a new project. Such a shame!!, come out you haters all you can do is write negative comments!!

      • felix

        If Zaha makes negative projects she will get negative comments. The people being critical are not just haters, have you noticed how some of her projects, like the BMW plant, do not attract all this criticism? Because they're good buildings, unlike the majority of her work. If people just irrationally hated Zaha then they would hate all her projects, but they don't, just the awful lazy ones like this.

    • zee

      Maya Lin's Vietnam memorial is all about interaction with the earth mass, acknowledgment of body proportions, and above all, is infused with meaning.

      The asphalt and concrete arbitrary curves you are talking about do none of the above – rather a blatant opposite, as they create a site devoid of any cultural significance on a land which most likely used to have some, centuries ago.

      Therefore your comparison is irrelevant.

      There might be something to be said about the potentially interesting spatial experience of 'speed' architecture, however I doubt they are designed with any of that in mind nowadays. This project, like many others, seems to me more 'speed DESIGNED' in an attempt to create an architectural landmark in the generic asian city, which ends up being first and foremost a monumental object rather than any kind of habitable space.

      • mike

        The "infused meaning" you mention I think only refers to the historical context of the war. The operation of the memorial is much more than the war. The sum is more than the parts here, 100% emotion (war, death, memory), 100% physical operation (ground plane, cut) , seen simultaneously. She did happen to take that content and operate on the ground with that, but the operation its self has it's own set of implications, spatially. Obviously this discussion is based on renderings. However, the night image, which I think is a bit more full in terms of groundplane intent, does all of the things you mentioned with the ground and the body. People get emotionally wrapped around the axle with cultural context. Almost no architecture has cultural meaning, only the artifacts of culture "in" or "on" architecture have meaning, i.e.: writings, texts, votive sculptures, clay tiles with pictures depicting stories, these are the only things with real meaning. Architecture, and I do love architecture, is incapable of being culture, it is only able to "house" culture.

  • Recently Zaha's completed jobs (Maxxi Museum in Rome, Opera Theater in Shenzhen, Olympic Aquatics Centre in London) are way better than some of her "artistic" renderings… It's a good thing. 'Cause for the most of the other architects it's the other way around :)

  • Tellsitlikeitis

    You guys are just hatin because we are stylin on ya.

    • Colonel Pancake

      When I think of countries that are "stylin," China definitely comes to mind. The povery, statism, pollution, oppression of speech, political prisoners, a per capita GDP about 1/8th the size of most western countries…………………

      yeah. Totally stylin.

  • You guys just don't have a clue about the urban context of Beijing. These buildings are going to be amongst 60's Communist massive public buildings, 80's po-mo skyscrappers, 2000's corporate-deconstructivists iconic office blocks, and grid of 6 or 8 lanes roads with pedestrian bridges. Beijing is a city of monumental blocks, it is hard, cold and not pedestrian friendly!!!.

    • Erik

      What you're describing is a pretty utter lack of coherent context. I don't think that gives an architect license to produce more of the same, only on a grander, shinier scale. If Beijing is as you describe, why bother with sidewalks at all?

    • Ethan

      I think you've never been in Beijing… because what you described looks like a city in Vietnam….

  • Patrick Dameth

    Just Form for Form’s sake.

    In this case Form follows Whims.

  • mad

    it´s not about her artchitecture anymore….it´s just the name that sells these days…

  • zetre

    i'd love the vietnam monument if it'd be surrounded by 22 lane highways and eighteen wheelers!

  • mattimatico

    Just curious about the guys here who complain about human scale. When a client pays 4 Billion Yuan for a site, and asks for 500,000 m2 of office space, with given setbacks and air rights, what do you do? How do 200m towers achieve human scale?

  • laura skeeters

    I guess for the first two guys think we should have stop at Walter Gropius's house. The Partenone is already out of human scale, not to mention other "scary big" buildings.

    What do they want us to do: establishing a Committee amongst architects to diligently consult our precious helicopter's pilots before we finalize a building design, so we don't shock them, the poor things?

    Go Zaha Go! We need more like you around.

  • Jason Briggs

    This project is deserving of Beijing.

  • code

    That can't. This idea was from MVRDV or Search. As well Unstudio.

  • Liam

    give it 15years from completion and it will be dated like a one hit wonder. this is "capital A" architecture that is a representation of our times. HORRIBLE. bring architecture back down to a human scale

  • archinerd

    zaha, im a big fan! always have been and always will be but this building just doesn't scream zaha magic… its as if she couldn't be bothered with this one… no worries we all have our off days. I very much look forward to the next master piece you produce.

  • captain zork from planet Mars has landed

  • mythought

    Why does it remind me of Galaxy Soho? …

  • haya

    ZAHA HADID…. no one hear her name without stoping for a moment and think about her creativity and original inmitable style as an architect… we can’t qritique her work because it’s a high rise towers,cause this is not her problem if the client asked for towers and come on it’s china and all the buildings around her project are high so that’s mean that people can see it from all angles even from up…and to talk about the human scale I bet that noone can give me an architect respect the human scale for one reason the patron wants big project and the land is too expensive so we cant work with X,y we rise with Z…

  • Yrag

    Subtle, graceful and calming. Lovely M's. Hadid!

  • CasualObserver

    Interesting how the renderings make Beijing air look so clear :) Having worked and stayed in Beijing, this is going to be similar to the Bird's Nest and Sanlitun Soho – completely different and an attempt to break out of the old, cold communist buildings that are all around the city.

    It will be an interesting mix of history and modern but the big let down in enjoying all of these buildings is still the air pollution