Changing The Chinese Skyline

Over the past few years Zaha Hadid and her band of architects have been making news in China. With their Guangzhou Opera House bagging many accolades and awards this year, we thought about recapturing for you in one page, how she is managing to change China’s skyline. There could be many political inferences we can draw from the sudden spate of modernizations in China. But for the sake of our interest in design, we stick only to admiring the beauty and integrity of these 5 magnificent projects.

Sky SOHO in Shanghai

The Sky SOHO is an office and retail destination housed in close quarters to Hongqiao Transportation Hub and Shanghai’s city centre. The Hongqiao Airport is in close quarters as well. The structure consolidates three thematic courtyards and reflects distinct cluster of activities.

Wangjing SOHO in Beijing

Wangjing SOHO is an office and retail complex located plum in the center of the city and the airport. Conceived as two Chinese Fans that circle and embrace each other in an intoxicating dance, Wangjing SOHO establishes itself as an commandeering establishment of the city skyline.

Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou

The 70,000 sqm Opera House in Guangzhou is a building, which can seat 1,800 guests in the Grand theatre. The entrance lobby and lounge, Multifunction hall, other auxiliary facilities and support premisesconfirms that this city as one of Asia’s cultural centers in the making.

New Century City Art Centre in Chengdu

The New Century City Art Centre is slated to become the new cultural destination for the Sichuan Provence. The Centre is foretold to become an unprecedented collection of world-class arts, performances and leisure venues. The NCCAC is also said to become the regional arts and music center. It will house three auditoria, an art museum, an exhibition centre, a learning centre, bars, restaurants and shops.

Galaxy SOHO Complex in Beijing

The Galaxy SOHO is still in progress and is a structure of five continuous, flowing volumes coalesce that creates an internal space for offices, retail and entertainment. The structure is devoid of any corners and reinvents the classical Chinese courtyards.


  • MARIO C says:

    China is growing so fast, i travel there for biz often, every time i go there is a new building being started or completed, awesome modern architecture but is sad to see that they seem to forget to maintain and clean the buildings, they are so filthy on the outside that look like they had been built 30 years ago.

  • nufc says:

    None of them will actually turn out like that, especially the first. (am aware that this is just an “artist’s impression”. It’s time Zara and friends keep it real.

  • GM says:

    Whilst Zaha’s concepts will undoubtedly be reigned in she has a great track record of creating entirely feasible designs that manage to retain the core DNA of the original intent. I also work in China and can attest that the level of ambition there is a good match for this folio of work so to say that studio Hadid should “keep it real” is a weak statement.

    The higher you aim your bullet the further it goes!

  • James says:

    Third one down is reminiscent of the Seattle Public Library and the last one must have taken clear influence from City Hall in London, if it didn’t it’s proof that it can be done in reality and will be accepted. Lovely designs, if only the people who need to make things like this happen had more vision. Any of these would be wonderful to see.

  • luich says:

    very good and inspiring design from zaha hadid

  • MDesigns says:

    Agree entirely with GM.

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  • KMP says:

    Hopefully it will get build….it is an amazing project and will be sad not to see it materialize…Guangzhou has a number of ultra modern new buildings from renown architects from all over the world…an addition of Zaha will be great for the city.Good post!

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