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Leeza Soho, Beijing, tops-out at 207m

The 172,800m² tower straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides its 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.

Leeza Soho will complete in late 2018 and is ZHA’s fourth collaboration with Soho China, totalling 15 million square feet (1.4 million m²) of award-winning office and retail space. Zhang Xin, Soho China’s CEO, 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.”

Photo courtesy of  SOHO_China