Marco Jacobs photos
Sky SOHO in Shanghai, Zaha Hadid’s latest landmark, was delivered to developer SOHO China in December. We provided façade consulting services for this commercial and retail development. Its 12 buildings are interlinked via a series of courtyards and by 16 sky bridges to form four interconnected “rails” that reference the nearby Shanghai Hongqiao transport hub.
Each façade consists of four curvilinear elements wrapped by aluminum ribbons that are tied to the sky bridges and the public spaces to create a dynamic and flowing architecture. We worked to rationalize the façade geometry, maximizing repetition to simplify manufacturing. We also found ways to use fully unitized curtain wall and glazing systems to increase efficiency.
Our services included façade consulting from the concept phase through detailed design, as well as production of full “working” drawings and details for construction to complement the general arrangement drawings produced by the architects. Visual mock-up construction bidders also used our detailed drawings. This helped the owner test the cladding contractors’ quality and award the contract with confidence.
Contact: Sergio de Gaetano
Project Team: Owner: SOHO China; Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects; MEP Engineer: Parson Brinckerhoff; Structural Engineer: SIADR; Sustainability: AECOM
Our Growing Team
Join us in welcoming new team members to our Façade Engineering practice.
Zara Edwards, senior façade engineer
Kris La-Borde, senior façade engineer
Luis Soares Martins, façade engineer
Diarmuid Kelleher, façade engineer
Power Of The Pencil
In an age when we use computers in every aspect of our work, we like to remind ourselves of the importance of the pencil. We hold regular internal seminars to highlight the importance of drawing skills and create a minimum level of consistency in graphic representation. Design sketches are an essential part of façade engineering work in a project’s early stages. They are also a great tool for communicating with our clients and colleagues. These photos are from a Jan. 22 session.
Clockwise from front left: Kris La-Borde, Steve Rigby, Teresa Farina, Colm Brennan, Sara Pousinho.
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