Lab Architecture's award winning design of the SOHO Shangdu in Beijing
LAB architecture studio’s first completed building project in China, the SOHO Shangdu development in Beijing’s east CBD special development area was officially opened on July 1st this year.
The project for Beijing based developer, SOHO China, was won by LAB in an international competition in 2004.
The project on a site area of 2.2 ha has a total GFA of 170,000m2, including a 50,000m2 retail centre and two 32 storey towers containing both commercial offices and small office units.
The project’s retail spaces deliberately creates activated street frontages and the internal retail areas were designed on the principle of a vertical hutong with a series of internal streets and passages which vary in their width and circulation patterns and in doing so create localised and specialist zones. Two large internal courtyards vertically link all the floors and provide an auditoria for a range of events from fashion parades, commercial launches to concerts and festival activities.
The facetted facades of the two towers are clad in a random pattern of glass and aluminum panels and inscribed with a large scale geometrical network of lines which at night create continuous light lines that form a distinctive nocturnal image for the project. The facade pattern allowed the proportion of glass orientating to the south and west to be reduced and thus lowering the buildings heat gain.
SOHO Shangdu has recently received an Australian award for international architecture as well as being short listed in the prestigious Cityscape Awards in Dubai.
LAB architecture studio is currently working on a range of commercial developments as well as civic and cultural projects in China, Asia, the Middle East, the former soviet republic of Georgia and the UK.