Construction of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Leeza Soho, a mixed-use tower with the world’s tallest atrium, has reached level 20. The 46- storey (207m) mixed-use tower will include the world’s tallest atrium.
Anchoring the financial district, the 172,800m² Leeza Soho design has evolved from its specific site conditions. Straddling the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site, the tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium – the world’s tallest – extends 190m through full height of the building, connecting the two halves together.
The 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.
The atrium’s ‘twist’ allows natural light and views of the city from the centre of all floors of Leeza Soho. Sky bridges on structural rings at each refuge/MEP level and a double-insulated glass façade unite the twohalves of the tower together within a single cohesive envelope.
2,680 bicycle parking spaces with lockers and shower facilities are provided. Dedicated charging spaces forelectric/hybrid cars are located below ground.
Construction of Leeza Soho will reach its full 207m height in September this year, with the tower’s completion planned for late 2018.
Leeza Soho is the most recent of four project collaborations between Zaha Hadid Architects and Soho China that total 15 million square feet (1.4 million m²) of award-winning office and retail space.
Zhang Xin, CEO of Soho China explained: “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 new technologies and innovations to embrace the future.”