10 Photos That Prove Some Of The World's Best Architecture Is In China
BEIJING -- The pollution in this city has been making headlines for years, but when the smog clears it makes way for one of the most striking skylines in the world. Over the past decade, Beijing has put out structures that dazzle the eyes and tickle the imagination. Star architects from around the world have been allowed to experiment with unique -- and sometimes bizarre -- designs, and the result is a cityscape that’s constantly changing and yet totally unmistakable. Here are six of our favorite buildings:
Name: Galaxy SOHO
Year Built: 2012
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Used for: Mixed retail and office space
Why we like it: The fluid and curvaceous Galaxy SOHO building, located in the center of Beijing, is part shopping center and part office complex. It truly comes into its own at night when kids, couples and grandparents gather in the center of the compound to stroll, play games and catch up with friends. The building received a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects award in 2013, though it has also been lambasted for failing to attract occupants and requiring the demolition of some of Beijing’s traditional courtyard homes.