Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space

Courtesy of NADAAA

One of ARCHITECT Magazine’s six winners of a 2015 Progressive Architects Award (P/A), NADAAA and Himma Studio‘s 20 + 10 reflects a reconfiguration of the office typology for compact spaces.

The project is part of a high density office park masterplan in Ordos City, located in Inner Mongolia, in which developments are subject to stringent zoning regulations. Offices included in the area must be comprised of multiple cubic volumes, and lack what NADAAA and describe as “an immediate urban context.” Learn more about the project and the architects’ response to these considerations after the break.

Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects

© Shu He

Architect: MAD Architects
Location: Ordos, Inner ,
Directors: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun
Design Team: Shang Li, Andrew C. Bryant, Howard Jiho Kim, Matthias Helmreich, Linda Stannieder, Zheng Tao, Qin Lichao, , Sun Jieming, Yin Zhao, Du Zhijian, Yuan Zhongwei, Yuan Ta, Xie Xinyu, Liu Weiwei, Felipe Escudero, Sophia Tang, Diego Perez, Art Terry, Jtravis B Russett, Dustin Harris
Client: Municipality of Ordos
Site Area: 27,760 sqm
Building Area: 41, 227 sqm
Building Height: 40 m
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Shu He

Ordos Museum / ///byn


Chinese calligraphy is mainly based in three characteristics: status of mind, line and color. These tree concepts triggered ///byn original ideas for the Museum. A primary impression of non-organization is quickly overcome by a self-organized logic. Here, the museum volumes have found their own space in the park. The logics of placement come from many different aspects: orientation, functionality, targeted visuals, public space, creating a unique orchestrated sequence of spaces. More images and project description after the break.

Update: Erdos Museum / MAD

When we first saw MAD’s Erdos Museum for , the renderings teased us with a futuristic blob-like form that was planned for Ordos’ designed, but yet not constructed, urban masterplan. Now, a few years later, the firm is celebrating the museum’s completion and the finished effect of both the form and its materiality can be fully appreciated. MAD shared a video on the finished project with us and we hope you enjoy it!

More info about the project after the break.

Ordos 20+10 Office Complex / Preston Scott Cohen


Designed for the project, this office complex by Preston Scott Cohen serves to create a whole new office building typology in its stance on site, promenade, and public space.

UNVEIL / ///byn

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///byn shared with us their design, UNVEIL, an office complex, part of 20*10, the new financial district of , which is in the third planning growth of the DongSheng District, in the Northwest area of the City of . is the fastest economic grow city in Inner Mongolia, China. has 86,752 square kilometers, which is about 80 times Hong Kong’s size. For this project, similar to the 100 project, the local government has decided to put together a large group of architects. Instead of being 100 foreign architects, they reduced the list to the 20 best Chinese architecture practices and 10 international ones with experience in mainland China. More images and architect’s description after the break.

New Ideas for Ordos 100 / Ordos 20+10 / Plasma Studio


Previously, we have covered the Ordos 100 project quite extensively, giving you an inside look at the development.  Back when Cai Jiang proposed the initiative to build one hundred 1000sqm villas designed by 100 up-and-coming architects in a mere 100 days, most questioned if the project was a hoax while others felt the development’s free-for-all attitude would not yield a unifying strong result.   Yet, even with these concerns, the 100 firms responded to  Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Wei Wei’s invitation to design the villas and transform a barren land.   However, this development took quite an unexpected twist.

Read more about the project after the break.

Ordos Hotel / EXH Design

Our friends at EXH Design shared their design of a hotel in , which is scheduled to be completed within a few months, with us.  Taking inspiration from the yurt, the circular tent-like dwelling of Mongolian peoples,  the team transformed the traditional scheme to meet the demands of modern life.   The design “makes an accommodation experience in different from anywhere else and arouses a local cultural interest,” explained the architects.

More about the hotel and more images after the break.

The Ordos Prize

The Ordos 100 project, as seen on our site, marked the first time the city of Ordos attracted international attention.  The success of that project led to the development of the Ordos Prize.  This prize provides an opportunity for young architects to be recognized early in their career for their intellectual rigor as demonstrated in both theoretical and built projects.  The prize, sponsored by the City of Ordos in Inner and Jiang Yuan Cultural & Creativity Development Co., Ltd, is not only the first international architecture prize from Asia, but it is also ’s sole international prize for any achievement.

More about the Ordos Prize after the break.