Beijing is Getting the World’s Tallest Atrium
Currently under construction in Beijing is a 46 story tower , the Leeza Soho. The structure is within the Lize Financial District and will be well connected to the city with its location above a subway interchange station. Zaha Hadid Architects write: “As the tower rises, the diagonal axis through the site defined by the subway tunnel is re-aligned by ‘twisting’ the atrium through 45 degrees to orientate the atrium’s higher floors with the east-west axis of Lize Road, one of west Beijing’s primary avenues.”
The twist in the atrium allows natural light to penetrate into the center of all the floors and allows for a diversity of views into the city from all directions. The tower is on track for completion in 2018.