Leeza SOHO Highly Commended at the World Architecture Festival 2021

Leezo SOHO in Beijing has been Highly Commended in the
‘Offices’ category at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2021.

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating,
sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards at the
heart of the festival.

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.

World Architecture Festival 2021 (WAF) Award winners

Photograph by Hufton+Crow

Source: zaha hadid

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