Shanghai’s newest iconic landmark, Sky SOHO debuts with a grand opening carnival celebration and tantalizing light show with over ten thousand spectators to witness the inauguration of the futuristic architecture.
SOHO China Chairman Pan Shiyi and celebrity property developer Ren Zhiqiang who has just retired from his role as Chairman of Huayuan Real Estate, joined in an “up-close and personal” dialogue on youth, success and real estate market to the delight of fans. Chinese pop music star Laure Shang and Fresh Boys also joined the festivities participating in fitness activities and interactive competitions.
Sky SOHO is designed by world-renowned Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid, and is the architect’s first work in Shanghai. Located on a lot of 86,000 square meters and with a total GFA of 350,000 square meters, Sky SOHO is comprised of 12 stand-alone buildings interlinked by 16 sky bridges to create a dynamic yet streamlined space accents “connectivity”.
The architecture resembles four bullet trains about to take off. Sky SOHO is the third in a trilogy of SOHO China developments designed by and Zaha Hadid Architects, following Galaxy SOHO and Wangjing SOHO in Beijing. Sky SOHO is situated in the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Economic Zone, adjacent to the Hongqiao transportation hub.
The area is already home to the headquarters of over 800 companies, and has become established as an especially dense and active commercial zone in the Yangtze River Delta region. Boasting its spectacular design and advantageous location, Sky SOHO is Shanghai’s new iconic landmark building.
Sky SOHO is an energy saving “green” building. It has achieved LEED Gold pre-certification. To manage Shanghai’s chronic air pollution and ensure high quality clean air indoors, Sky SOHO uses an advanced air purification system to effectively filter out over 90% of the atmospheric PM2.5, far exceeding the national standard. Sky SOHO is also equipped with a pure-drinking water five-layer filtration system that meets the water standards for astronauts.
Filtered water is provided to all office kitchens above the second floor level. To reduce energy consumption, Sky SOHO will combine BIM (Building Information Modelling) systems to establish a new generation of intelligent building energy management.
The past September, SOHO China announced the sale of 100,167 square meters of the Sky SOHO to Ctrip Travel Network Technology for its office space for future development for a total consideration of approximately RMB3.05 billion.
SOHO China will continue to hold Sky SOHO’s remaining lettable GFA of 128,130 square meters as investment property. The successful transaction demonstrates the quality of SOHO China’s exemplary assets and the Company’s versatility. The Ctrip’s presence will invigorate the business environment, which will in turn facilitate the Sky SOHO leasing. Source by Soho China.
Location: Shanghai, China
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Project Director: Manuela Gatto
Project Architect: Edgar Payan (phases SD, DD, CD), Yoshi Uchiyama (Construction Administration)
Consulting Associate: Satoshi Ohashi
Lead Interiors: Claudia Glas-Dorner (Design stages), Mei-Ling Lin (Construction supervision)
Lead facades: Alberto Barba, Maria Rodero (Design stages), Kaloyan Erevinov (Construction supervision)
Project Team: Arturo Revilla, Muriel Boselli, Chao-Ching Wang, Ai Sato, Michael Harris, Dennis Brezina, Claudia Doner, Mei-Ling Lin, Osbert So, Pierandrea Angius, Diego Perez Espitia, Kaloyan Erevinov, Laurence Dudeney, Albert Ferrer, Leonid Krykhtin, Mu Ren, Kwanphil Cho, Evgeniya Yatsyuk, Lauren Barclay, Henning Hansen, Ben Kikkawa, Nicholette Chan, Michael Grau, Sarah Thurow, Adrian Krezlik, Chiwai Chan, Gordana Jakimovska, Ed Gaskin, Andrea D’imperio, Samson Lee, Shaowen Deng, Will Chen, Joei Kung, Maren Klasing, Carlos Parraga-Botero
Lead Landscape: Samson Lee
Local Design Institute: SIADR – Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research, Ltd.
Structural: SIADR – Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research, Ltd.
MEP / Services: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Facade: Thornton Tomasetti
Photographs: Courtesy by Sky SOHO
Article by Marco Rinaldi