Jian Wai SOHO, Peking (China)

Architects: Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop, Yokohama (Japan)
Developer: ESoho China Ltd., Beijing (China)

Jian Wai SOHO, © Foto: Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop

The »Jian Wai SOHO« project is being given a commendation in recognition of its innovative typology, which goes well beyond the customary Beijing block. Instead of a standalone high-rise, 15 individual buildings of up to 100 meter are deployed that together create an entire, highly dense quarter. The facades are restrained and given a homogeneous look. Deep footprints that vary greatly in typology allow for a broad variety of residential, office and mixed usages. A three-storey base section joins forces with the lower storeys, which are illuminated by light-filled courtyards and the »sunken gardens« as well as absorbing parked cars, to form an incisive public space that is well structured by the staggered layout of the high-rises.

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