Leeza SOHO finalist for AZ Awards 2020

Leeza SOHO in Beijing has been selected as a finalist for the AZ Awards 2020, in the category: Architecture – Commercial and institutional buildings over 1,000 square metres.

Launched in 2011 by AZURE magazine, the AZ Awards recognises
excellence and innovation in design, and showcases the world’s best projects,
products and ideas.

Leeza SOHO tower for SOHO China anchors the new
Fengtai business district – a growing financial and transport hub between the
city centre and the recently opened Beijing Daxing International Airport to the

Adjacent to the business district’s rail station at the
intersection of five new lines currently under construction on Beijing’s Subway
network, Leeza SOHO’s site is diagonally dissected by an underground subway
service tunnel.

Straddling this tunnel, the tower’s design divides its
volume into two halves enclosed by a single facade. The space between these two
halves extends the full height of the tower, creating the world’s tallest
atrium at 194m which rotates as the tower rises to realign the upper floors
with Lize road to the north.

This rotation of the atrium intertwines Leeza SOHO’s two
halves in a dynamic ‘pas de deux’. Acting as a public square for the new
district and providing varying views due to its twisting, sculptural form, the
tower creates a fantastic new civic space for Beijing that is directly
connected to the city’s transport network.

Leeza SOHO’s double-insulated, unitised glass curtain wall
system steps the glazing units on each floor at an angle, providing narrow
ventilating registers to draw outside air through operable cavities; creating
extremely efficient environmental control for each floor.

Targeting LEED Gold certification, Leeza SOHO’s energy
management system monitors real-time environmental control and energy
efficiency. The tower includes an insulating green roof with photovoltaic
array; 2,680 bicycle parking spaces, with lockers, shower facilities and
dedicated charging spaces.

AZ awards People’s Choice portal is now open, inviting the
public to vote for their favourite project. Voting ends on 19 June 2020 and the
winner revealed at the AZ Awards Gala on 18 September 2020.

Vote for Leeza SOHO through the AZ People’s Choice Portal here

Photograph by Hufton + Crow

Source: zaha hadid

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