Galaxy Soho Beijing, China: Zaha Hadid Association



Perspective view
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Galaxy Soho Location: Beijing, China

Architect: Zaha Hadid

Maximum Height: 64 mt.

Built Up area: 3,30,000sq. mt.

Number of Floors: 18 + 3 basements

Galaxy Soho, a mixed-use project is located in the southwest corner of Chaoyang men Bridge in the Second Ring Road of Beijing. Zaha Hadid, a renowned Iraqi-British architect has designed the building. The project got completed in 2012 and most importantly got launched with a grand opening. Galaxy Soho certainly offers several spaces like shops, offices, and entertainment facilities.


The concept creates a continuous interior space with four domed structures that are inspired by the ancient terraced agricultural fields. Therefore, the multiple flowing plateaus act as a rice field in the mountains. These domed structures are further interconnected by bridges and platforms between curving floor plates to create a fluid environment.

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Moreover, the four towers have a common open to sky courtyard which consists of a waterbody inspired by the Great canyons.

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Zaha Hadid described the structure as “a reinventing of the classical Chinese courtyard which generates an immersive, enveloping experience at the Heart of Beijing”.

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The design of the Galaxy Soho is based on Parametric design. It offers a systemic, adaptive variation, continuous differentiation, and dynamic figuration from the small scale of architecture, interior, and furniture to a large scale of urbanism. In addition, the four separate volumes consist of their atriums and cores but merge at different levels providing a dramatic view in the internal spaces and shaded outdoor plateaus.

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As Zaha Hadid said, “We have created a variety of public spaces that directly engage with the city, reinterpreting the traditional urban fabric and contemporary living patterns into a seamless urban landscape inspired by nature.”


With a total of 18 floors, including three basements, the structure incorporates the three purposes very well. The retail shops are present from the ground floor to the third floor. The height of these retail shops is 5.4 mt. Level fourth to fifteenth are for the offices. The height in offices is 3.5mt (ranging from 100-300 per unit to satisfy varying customer needs). Bars, restaurants, and cafes are present on the last top three levels and further, offer views along with Beijing.


Interior of Galaxy Soho


The architecture of the Galaxy Soho is very much inspired by nature, forming a 360-degree architectural world. It has no corners, no disrupted transitions, meaning from which everything has evolved consequently.



The designing and planning of the building have been done using the series of green building strategies in pursuit of LEED certification.

  • Defined spaces for bicycle storage, changing rooms. Similarly, preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient buildings has been provided. This further encourages residents to choose green commuting.
  • The complex incorporates a cooled roofing system that minimizes the impact on microclimate and residents.
  • Highly efficient lighting fixtures, chillers, and double silver low-E glass further save energy cost about 14%.
  • Moreover, the usage of green refrigerants minimizes ozone depletion and global warming.
  • Metering equipment installed measures office air-conditioning energy use by reducing energy wastage and therefore increasing energy efficiency
  • In addition, 20% of potable water consumption is reduced using water-efficient fixtures.

Most importantly, the project is expected to achieve LEED CS2.0 Silver certification.


Site Plan
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The main structure of the building has been build using standard concrete. Moreover, it has a span of 8.4 m. The mushroom-shaped columns not only support the structure but also seems floating in the interior.

The material used in the complex are:

Exterior: insulated with glass, stone material, and 3mm- thick aluminum.

Interior: features glass, terrazzo, stainless steel, and glass-reinforced gypsum.

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In conclusion, the project is, therefore, considered one of the best-mixed use projects designed by Zaha Hadid.

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