In the heart of Beijing, GALAXY SOHO is quickly becoming a new landmark for the city. Zaha Hadid Architects designed the project which is inspired by ancient Chinese terraced rice fields. The fountains JML have designed reflect the curving and weaving architectural details while adding various water effects. It offers a sensory experience and allows the public to admire the building with tailored lighting.
JML Water Feature Design's collaboration led to 10 striking water features. Each of them has been designed to entice people to admire the surroundings while also having a memorable experience.
Dynamic parabolic laminar jets echo the fluid lines of the architecture. The water mirrors have been designed to pay tribute to the building and each water feature creates a different ambiance that fits its surroundings. The presence of water brings warmth to the project, creating a space where the public can relax and enjoy the architecture.
One of the main highlights is the interactive nature of the fountains. The main water feature is a hallway of jets that "jump" from one side to the other. The public is invited to play and touch the water, creating a bond between the visitors and the architecture. The water jets are dynamic and naturally entice people to come closer to take part in the show.
"The water skins we have designed can be purged in only few minutes and once purged can be used as a normal walking surface by the public. Also, they reflect the modern architecture of Zaha Hadid. In other words, this project leverages the visual impact of the architecture by reproducing and multiplying it in the reflections of the pools." says Stéphane Llorca, Director JML. This project was completed in October 2012.
ML Water Feaure Design - SOHO Galaxy, Beijing, China
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