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  • Shanghai, China
  • 2010 – 2014
  • SOHO China Ltd.
  • Design
  • 342,500 m2
  • 11 levels
  • Above Ground
  • 220,000 m2
  • Office 196,000 m2
  • Retail 23,000 m2
  • Below ground
  • 123,000 m2

A design for a new office and retail destination that aims to provide a strong visual identity close to Hongqiao Transportation Hub near Shanghai’s city centre and Hongqiao Airport .

Our proposal for the new Linkong SOHO building aims to provide a strong visual and programmatic identity which establishes a unique destination in its own right. Such identity consists of an exclusive programme mix consolidated in three different destinations – thematic “Courtyards” – representing distinct clusters of activities, and an exceptional architecture that moulds such a programme into a landmark. The building’s dynamic, curvilinear form continues through its internal spatial experiences, dramatic courtyards and flowing public spaces.

The building envelope is defined by  four elongated elements tied together by a sinuous retail podium and a continuous metallic ribbon that wraps them – a calligraphic gesture which will be highly recognizable. Such simplicity is contrasted by the added complexity of a ‘squeeze’ applied to the middle area. These moves have the double advantage of configuring intimate courtyards framed by bridges branching off the slabs, and provid­ing dramatic and dynamic views.


Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Manuela Gatto

Project Architect

Edgar Payan (phases SD, DD, CD)
Yoshi Uchiyama (Construction Administration)
Satoshi Ohashi Associate Consultant for site supervision

Lead Interiors

Claudia Dorner (Design stages), Mei-Ling Lin (Construction supervision)

Lead facades

Alberto Barba, Maria Rodero (Design stages), Kaloyan Erevinov (Construction supervision)

Project Team

Arturo Revilla, Muriel Boselli, Chao-Ching Wang, Ai Sato, Michael Harris, Dennis Brezina , Claudia Doner , Mei-Ling Lin , Osbert So, Pierandrea Angius, Diego Perez Espitia,
Kaloyan Erevinov, Laurence Dudeney , Albert Ferrer , Leonid Krykhtin, Mu Ren, Kwanphil Cho, Evgeniya Yatsyuk, Lauren Barclay, Henning Hansen , Ben Kikkawa, Nicholette Chan, Michael Grau, Sarah Thurow, Adrian Krezlik, Chiwai Chan, Gordana Jakimovska, Ed Gaskin, Yang Jingwen, Andrea D’imperio , Samson Lee , Shaowen Deng, Will Chen, Joei Kung, Maren Klasking, Carlos Parraga-Botero

Competition Team

Ergin Birinci, Maria Tsiorni, Michael Rissbacher, Seda Zirek, Spyridon
Kaprinis, Xiaosheng Li

Local Design Institute

SIADR – Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research, Ltd.


SIADR – Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research, Ltd.

MEP / Services

Parsons Brinckerhoff




Thornton Tomasetti
KT Kighton Ltd.