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易兰规划设计院 + Zaha Hadid Architects 扎哈哈迪德建筑师事务所：望京SOHO位于未来北京的第二个CBD——望京核心区，东至阜通西大街、南至阜安东路、西至望京街、北至阜安西路。项目由三栋流线型塔楼组成，加上独一无二的都市园林式办公环境使其成为国内首个亚高效空气环境的办公和商业楼宇。望京SOHO景观项目建成后受到各界人士广泛关注，荣获2014年“美居奖”中国最美人居景观奖、在时代楼盘第九届金盘奖中荣获“年度最佳写字楼”奖、2014年北京园林优秀设计奖等众多奖项。并于2018年登上国际顶级景观建筑杂志TOPSCAPE PAYSAGE封面。
ECOLAND + Zaha Hadid Architects 扎哈哈迪德建筑师事务所：Wangjing SOHO is a mixed-use commercial complex that is one of the most recognized locations in the city of Beijing. The park structures include a fountain plaza, a curvilinear bridge, botanic pathways, an amphitheatre with both paved and green space, and large, multipurpose spaces. All of which are integrated organically, seamlessly flowing from element to another whilst staying consistent with the main building’s aesthetic. Not only has Wangjing SOHO become one of the most notable landmarks, it has become the pinnacle destination for local workers and residents in the booming Wangjing district.
The Wangjing SOHO park maintains a cohesive aesthetic with the world renowned architect’s iconic buildings. Emerging from the high-rise landscape of Beijing, Wangjing SOHO stands as a beacon of urban design progression within a dense and rigid city fabric.
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Wangjing SOHO, a green oasis in a bustling urban realm, offers the experience of nature and outdoor leisure in the heart of city. Features include forest walks, activity plaza, musical fountain, amphitheater garden and extensive plantings of native plants.
望京SOHO由易兰规划设计院与扎哈• 哈迪德(Zaha Hadid) 建筑事务所倾力合作，从建筑设计到景观设计，双方设计风格和实力得到了完美的结合和充分展现。
Wangjing SOHO achieves the goal of excluding repeated patterns and straight lines in its physical features such as the paving, landscape, seating, and even lighting elements. This creates a sophisticated, modern, and innovative design that incorporates environmentally conscious aspects. The gardens and community spaces surround the buildings within the three distinct sectors (northern, eastern, and southern), and were created with the intent to contain subtle elements that guide people from one area to the next. To achieve this, flowing lines were implemented in the structures to give a seamless effect, while subtle details in the stone paving provided dynamic contrast. All this was achieved while ensuring a safe and pleasant environment for the public.
By day and night, the northern park serves as the central outdoor hub, where people enjoy gathering. The illuminated path, musically animated fountain, curved benchesand bridge are carefully integrated into the architectural aesthetic.
The shapes produced by the choreographed fountain jets echo the line-work of the building, adding movement to the form. The zero-entry pool can also be drained to accommodate events that draw large crowds, and for easy winter maintenance.
The tranquil central fountain in the northern plaza is a calming oasis and retreat. A curvilinear retaining wall beneath the trees acts as shady seating spot for people wishing to relax, socialize or enjoy the water scene.
A unique curvilinear bridge spans a portion of the fountain pool, its smooth dynamic line consistent with the architecture’s artfulness. The use of light-weight steel in its construction precludes any structural difficulties.
Designed with children’s safe play in mind, the shallow pool merges seamlessly with the ground plane. The designers’ challenge, successfully met, was to exclude right angles from the curvature of the pool’s edge.
Within the Wangjing SOHO complex, one of the most important areas is the northern park, which has perhaps the most prominent effect on the community. It serves as a central gathering space, and is where the musical fountain- the Wangjing Eye, is located. The fountain has choreographed water jets, which provide a source of entertainment for the crowds. If more space is required for an event or larger crowds, the hidden fountain mechanisms allow the water to be drained, transforming the area into a grand plaza. Around the fountain are shaded areas, keeping the public cool during the hot summer months. The trees also dampen the noise of the urban streets. A bridge of a patented design traverses the eastern end of the fountain’s pool, and curves both horizontally and vertically. There is a birds-eye view from the office buildings of the northern park, and the custom lighting in the seats, floors, and fountains enhance the night time scene. This hidden lighting system aids in creating SOHO’s unique identity that was desired.
Native Poplar trees and Chinese Pennisetum grasses line the path to the central buildings. Besides providing shade, the trees form a visual buffer to the buildings, turn vibrant yellow in autumn, and offer excellent habitat for birds and wildlife.
The illuminated water feature is a magnet for evening activity. The lighting gives a sense of safety, and the signage is a welcoming landmark where friends and colleagues can meet.
The fountain has choreographed water jets, which provide a source of entertainment for the crowds.
Various designs that improve the environmental quality were also implemented. For example, the walking pathways in the western park are lined with native species of vegetation that require fewer resources to manage, yet provide many ecosystem services such as filtering rainwater, absorbing air pollutants, and assisting in mitigating the urban heat island effect. The plants also add dynamic colours that change with the seasons- cherry blossoms in spring, and wildflowers in summer. This vibrant green space is not only a pleasant contrast to the heavily urbanized Wangjing district, but it also provides essential habitat to wildlife such as butterflies.
The deliberate and extensive use of native plants offers visitors a sense of connection to nature，and a joie de vivre from the dynamic seasonal changes in flora throughout the year.
In the amphitheater, landform modification, gradual elevation, and the incorporation of water and planting allow expression of the curvilinear style. This makes for a more naturalistic setting, whilst maintaining aesthetic integrity.
The amphitheater acts as a major focal point, attracting pedestrians into the park. From the retail stores at basement level, the smooth increase in elevation to street level is achieved through integration of complementary hard-landscaping materials, water and planting.
The waterscape and terraces are surrounded with a network of paths and planting, designed to encourage the public to trace their own pathways, among the ‘patchwork’ of pools, lighting, paving and vegetation.
Pervious pebble-filled swales, retaining walls and planting extend the hardscape lines of the seating platforms, making for seamless public wayfinding between the gardens and pedestrian pathways leading into the commercial core.
Luminescent seating walls in the grass plane buttress the leveled landscape adjacent to the water feature in the eastern plaza. The sunken plaza is a popular shopping, eating and strolling destination for the local community.
Landforms and trees buffer the green space from the surrounding urban streets. Children and adults alike are afforded a quiet and safe haven for playing and socialising,in the heart of the city.
Another ecosystem service is storm water management, as pervious areas filled with decorative pebbles and plants filter the site’s run-off water and direct it towards catch basins, then to the municipal storm system. These features are part of the eastern park, where the amphitheatre with terraced seating is located. This amphitheatre enhances the sloping terrain that leads from the street level to the retail centre in the eastern park basement. The terraced space is multi-functional, used for socializing, and hosting yoga classes and performances.
Since its completion, this project has set new standards in China, its design features responding to a densely populated urbanized area’s need for a backyard oasis in which people can interact with each other and with nature.
Project name: wangjing soho
Project location: Chaoyang district, Beijing
Project area: 115393 ㎡
Landscape design: Ecoland Planning and Design Crop.
Architectural design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Photography: Holi landscape photography, Ecoland Planning and Design Crop.