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Leeza SOHO, Beijing will top-out at 207m in September

Construction of Leeza SOHO in Beijing, ZHA’s most recent collaboration with SOHO China, will reach its full 207m height in September this year. The tower’s completion is planned for late 2018.

The 172,800m² design straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site. The tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium – the world’s tallest – extends 190m through full height of the building and connects with the metro station below, creating a new public space for the city.

As the tower rises, the diagonal axis through the site defined by the subway tunnel is re-aligned by ‘twisting’ the atrium through 45 degrees to orientate the atrium’s higher floors with the historic north-south / east-west axes on which the city was founded.

ZHA has collaborated with SOHO China of four projects totalling 15 million square feet (1.4 million m²) of award-winning office and retail space. The development and application of 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the design, construction and operations of ZHA’s buildings for SOHO China has increased efficiencies while also significantly reducing the energy consumption & emissions of each project.

Zhang Xin, CEO of SOHO China explained: “China attracts the best talent from around the world. It’s important to work with architects who understand what the next generation requires; connecting communities and traditions with innovative new technologies to embrace the future.”

SOHO China is the largest prime office developer in Beijing and Shanghai. The company translates high quality designs in prime locations into real estate with a strong appeal to businesses and their customer bases.

 In 2014, SOHO China established a US$100 million endowment through their foundation to enable underprivileged children in China to attend universities around the world.

SOHO China launched SOHO 3Q in 2015 which has grown into the largest shared office community in China, providing flexible spaces for the many diverse talents within China’s rapidly developing IT & creative sectors as well as established industry leaders.

Photo courtesy of SOHO China