Saturday, February 11, 2012

Zaha Hadid Architect | Hongqiao SOHO | Shanghai | China

A design for a new office and retail destination that aims to provide a strong visual identity close to Hongqiao
Transportation Hub near Shanghai's city centre and Hongqiao Airport .

The building envelope is defined by four elongated elements tied together by a sinuous retail podium and a continuous metallic ribbon that wraps them – a calligraphic gesture which will be highly recognizable. Such simplicity is contrasted by the added complexity of a 'squeeze' applied to the middle area. These moves have the double advantage of configuring intimate courtyards framed by bridges branching off the slabs, and providing dramatic and dynamic views............more
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