Movie: Galaxy Soho by
Zaha Hadid Architects


Take a tour through the spaces of Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Soho complex in Beijing, China, in this movie by architectural photographer Dan Chung.

Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

Completed at the end of 2012, the 330,000-square-metre complex accommodates shops, offices and leisure facilities within a cluster of four striated domes. Courtyards and pathways weave between the buildings, while bridges and platforms form connections on the upper levels.

Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

"The design responds to the varied contextual relationships and dynamic conditions of Beijing," said Zaha Hadid at the opening. "We have created a variety of public spaces that directly engage with the city, reinterpreting the traditional urban fabric and contemporary living patterns into a seamless urban landscape inspired by nature."

Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

See more images of the project in our original story, or see a second set of photographs that shows how the building integrates with its surrounding context. See more architecture by Zaha Hadid »

Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Movie is by Dan Chung. Additional photography is by Hufton + Crow.

  • pipo

    Video sure shows a lot of exterior views.

  • Rotterdam Architect

    I would assume the interiors are just bland white office spaces. I don’t think that takes away from the project’s power however, to create a self contained world of aesthetics. Must be quite a relief from the hustle and bustle of Beijing to enter this white, streamlined world.

  • photoshop

    The building is monstrous, with awful finishing, literally falling apart prior to inauguration last year. I wonder if there’ll be any videos when its fully occupied (will it ever happen?) It’s definitely going to be the Jetsons meets Kowloon Walled City.

  • chinaimport

    Not even a tree or blade of grass in between the buildings? Just white and grey, that is what our future looks like. Let’s just sit on cold concrete and enjoy our prefabricated lunch in a plastic box in the colors of this complex (merchandising coming soon)… no thanks.

  • LA power

    Aahhh. Projects like these make me frustrated. How is possible for architects, not all of them, but even the famous Zaha Hadid to not see the important relationship between nature and human-made structures.

    This looks like a building from a futuristic movie, where all the nature has been destroyed, and I hope I don’t live to see that. So, why would anyone design something like this on purpose?

    Angry. I’m about to go walk it off in my neighbourhood park, close to nature.

  • Jacob

    As much as people on these forums love to bash Zaha Hadid, she must be doing something right since she keeps getting hired to design huge projects around the world! Kudos to her.

  • It’s a pretty slick digital animation though!

  • Amit Kumar

    I don’t understand the criticism Zaha Hadid gets. You all copy her work – it’s either that or vernacular bricks and mortar, or some pretentious in-between of old and new, mimicking some hipster tumbler blog images.

    Why does she get so much hate from you baboons? Tone it down monkeys. Her work is clean futurism (or the most timeless futurist work I’ve seen).