Soho Shang Du
The SOHO Shang Du project, located within Beijing’s CBD (central business district) special development area, has a large frontage on Dongdaqiao Lu, an important north-south arterial street, which defines the western edge of the central business district zone as well as the eastern boundary of the central diplomatic zone. A bridge connects the two sides of the development.
The design by LAB consists of a low-rise commercial galleria with retail space, and two medium-rise towers. The towers, one comtaining offices, the other residences and studios, integrates SOHO China’s vertical warehouse shell approach.
The facetted glass surfaces of the tower facades are inscribed with a network of geometrical lines that light up at night.
The retail galleria space is conceived as a dynamic contemporary interior, a geode with a crystalline galleria over five levels, that can accommodate both “indoor” and “outdoor” activities depending on the extreme fluctuations of Beijing’s weather.