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Leeza SOHO awarded LEED Gold

The core and shell development of Leeza SOHO, Beijing has been awarded LEED Gold certification.

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. A globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

Scheduled to open this autumn, Leeza SOHO is ZHA’s fourth collaboration with SOHO China to achieve LEED certification, totalling 15 million square feet (1.4 million m²) of mixed-use urban space in Beijing and Shanghai.

Straddling the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides its site, the Leeza SOHO tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium - the world’s tallest - extends 194m through the full height of the building and connects with the metro station below, creating a fantastic 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 axis on which the city was founded.

The tower’s double-insulated, unitised glass curtain-wall system steps the glazing units on each floor at an angle, allowing ventilating registers to draw outside air through an operable cavity when required; creating extremely efficient environmental control for each floor.

Zhang Xin, Soho China’s CEO, explained at Leeza SOHO’s ground-breaking, “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.”

US Green Building Council / LEED website

Photograph by CreatAR Images courtesy of SOHO China