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MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”
MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”, Site. Image © MAD
Site. Image © MAD

Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” 

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” 

“Flowing down the facade, the lines emphasize the smoothness of the towers and its verticality. The internal ventilation and filtration system of the ridges draw a natural breeze indoors, which not only improves the interior space but also creates an energy efficient system.”

View from Office Building. Image © MAD
View from Office Building. Image © MAD
Office Buildings. Image © MAD
Office Buildings. Image © MAD

Yansong attempt's to integrate nature thoughout the design; Interiors are "injected" with landscape elements, such as towering courtyards and multi-level garden terraces, while "mid-air courtyards" connect the site's two residential buildings and provide residents the “freedom to wander” through an elevated “mountain forest.” Even the shape of the complex's four office towers were designed to resemble eroded "river stones." 

Masterplan. Image © MAD
Masterplan. Image © MAD

“This project transforms the traditional model of buildings in a modern city’s central business district," explains MAD. "By exploring the symbiotic relationship between modern urban architecture and natural environment, it revives the harmonious co-existence between urban life and nature. It creates a Shanshui city where people can share their individual emotions and a sense of belonging.”

Skyline. Image © MAD
Skyline. Image © MAD

Natural lighting, intelligent building, and an innovative air purification system is expected to help MAD achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion in 2016.

To learn more about MAD's unique approact to design, watch our exclusive interview with Ma Yansong and review some of the practice's latest works, including the recently completed China Wood Sculpture Museum and Canada's highly acclaimed Absolute Towers

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Directors In Charge

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Design Team

    Zhao Wei, Kin Li, Liu Huiying, Lin Guomin, Bennet Hu Po-Kang, Julian Sattler, Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Li Guangchong, Fu Changrui, Yang Jie, Zhu Jinglu, Younjin Park, Gustaaf Alfred Van Staveren
  • Client

    Junhao Real Estate Beijing Jingfa Properties Co., Limited.
  • Construction Engineers

    China Construction Design International Group Co., Ltd
  • Facade Design & Optimize Consultant

  • Landscape Design Consultant

    Greentown Akin
  • Lighting Design Consultant

    GD Lighting Design Co., Ltd
  • Building Height

    120 m
  • Site Area

    30,763 sqm
  • Area

    128177.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”" 28 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>