Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Sky SOHO is a new office and retail destination in Shanghai, China which has a stunning futuristic architecture that aims to provide a strong visual and programmatic identity which establishes a unique destination in its own right.
From the architects: Such identity consists of an exclusive programme mix consolidated in three different destinations – thematic “Courtyards” – representing distinct clusters of activities, and an exceptional architecture that moulds such a programme into a landmark. The building’s dynamic, curvilinear form continues through its internal spatial experiences, dramatic courtyards and flowing public spaces.
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.