Zaha Hadid Architects in Beijing

A Record Void


The death of the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid three years ago, in 2016, did not bring an end to her thriving firm, as many said it would. On the contrary, it stayed on board a vigorous internationalization phase that has seen the construction of icons increasingly astonishing in both size and complexity, although perhaps also more and more rhetorical. Recently inaugurated is the Leeza Soho skycraper in Beijing, a 45-floor torpedo whose most unique feature is a sculptural atrium that scoops out the interior and is already the world’s largest, rising 194 meters. Over it hangs a number of Piranesian footbridges from which it is possible for one to frame spectacular but also highly polluted vistas of China’s capital.

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