Zaha Hadid Architects, in addition to opening Beijing Daxing to the public, completed the Leeza Soho Tower in Beijing, which was inaugurated on November 19.
The project was born in the financial district and is part of the urban plan to promote growth without compromising the existing infrastructure in the center of the Chinese city. The tower is 172,800 square meters in size, has 45 floors and offers work and office space to businesses.
The Leeza Soho Tower was built in a strategic position as it is located near the subway where 5 different lines pass so that it can be reached more easily. The building consists of two towers that intersect to create a spiral and as the tower rises the upper floors are joined together to become a single complex.
Thanks to the shape of the building, the environmental aspect, and its control are guaranteed by a structure in which the facades are made entirely of glass and are designed with a low-emission double insulation system. This allows for continuous ventilation that draws in the outside air through the cavities and maintains a comfortable indoor environment throughout the year.
The two halves of the building shade the atrium, which was designed to be a public square for the district, offering wide views of the surrounding environment. The system used to create the tower monitors the environmental and atmospheric situation and energy efficiency in real-time. In fact, the project includes a water collection system, low energy consumption systems and an insulating roof above which is placed in a photovoltaic field for the collection of solar energy. All this allows this structure to be as self-sufficient as possible.
In addition to the office space, there are more than 2,500 parking spaces for bicycles and electric cars with the possibility to recharge them.
The Leeza Soho Tower project dates back to 2013 and work began in 2015 and was completed this year.
Text by Anna Cardaci