UN Studio’s SOHO Hailun Plaza is a new mixed-use tower in Shanghai with a continually changing, multifaceted façade that looks like dragon skin. Approached from different directions, the building changes its appearance and adds to the dynamics of Shanghai. Thanks to its high-tech façade, the tower looks like it’s a living, breathing organism.
The building is located at the intersection of two metro lines, which makes it well connected to the rest of the city via primarily public transport. The 33-story structure features a series of smaller pavilions. Considering the attractiveness of the location of the site within Shanghai’s urban tissue, the building is suitable for organizing various outdoor events and urban activities. The low-rise segments function as office and retail spaces, each with an accessible green roof.
The segmented configuration of the lower levels is topped with a façade which unifies and anchors the entire building within the city. The multi-faceted envelops are repeated through the complex, acting as brises soleils.
Foundations for the building have reportedly been laid in November 2012. It is scheduled for completion in 2016, according to CTBUH.