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Leeza SOHO opens 19 November

Straddling the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides its site, the Leeza SOHO tower in Beijing 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 core and shell development of Leeza SOHO was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. 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.

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.

Zhang Xin Soho, 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.”

Photograph via Soho China