Chaoyang Park Project / MAD Architects

  • 10 Sep 2013
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As a continuation to his “Shan-Shui City” concept, which envisions a “city of mountains and water,” Ma Yansong of MAD Architects has proposed an interpretation of ’s ancient natural philosophy in the contemporary city: the Chaoyang Park project. Situated in the world’s second largest city park and surrounded by a typical Chinese business district, the Chaoyang Park project seeks to infuse the “vigorous Shan-Shui culture” with a new urban typology that unites architecture and nature as a single entity.

“The design,” explains Yansong, “starts with the understanding that the park is part of the plot: by taking the natural beauty of lakes and mountains, the architectural complex can be read as a futuristic city landscape painting in which high-rise buildings act as the peaks, individual office buildings as the slope, high-end offices as the ridge and residential buildings as mountain ranges in combination with classical landscape elements like lakes, springs, forest, streams, valleys, rocks and peaks.”

“As a result, the whole architectural complex does not look like they are “built” but growing up naturally from its surrounding environment and they recreate a new Shan-Shui space typology. People can feel both the grandeur of the holistic landscape and its exquisite inside scenery.”

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Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Chaoyang Park Project / MAD Architects" 10 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • zhang qiyi

    what a trash!

  • Jason Bond

    Some attention to the ground plane would’ve been nice.

  • Jeff Brussel

    The mad rush to be seen…

    The Chinese seem to have forgotten themselves.

  • Allen Ng

    Thanks for sharing the “Shan Shui” concept. I tend to agree and admire this concept of planning the city around Shan and Shui which is the traditional chinese concept of blending the human environment into and with nature. Similar in Feng Shui thinking. Space and fiscal permitting, this would be a great marriage of nature and humans even if the nature portion is man-made. China has an abundant rivers and lakes and natural waterscape. I hope future developments would take these natural amenities into account and design with this natural resouces. Not just for viewing but for actual use for park, fresh air, non-traffic, group dancing, group tai chi, kite flying, inpromptu music and art expression as the chinese tend to fully utilize the parks. This in essence would be similar to New York’s Central Park concept. I endorse this and wish to see more and more of this type of planning and development. I hope one day soon, I can get a position in China to help influence more and more of this with my many years of architectural and planning experience.

  • ever13223

    what a trash!

  • ever13223

    what a trash