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.”
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."
“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.”
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.
Directors In ChargeMa Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Design TeamZhao 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
ClientJunhao Real Estate Beijing Jingfa Properties Co., Limited.
Construction EngineersChina Construction Design International Group Co., Ltd
Facade Design & Optimize ConsultantRFR
Landscape Design ConsultantGreentown Akin Landscape Architecture Co.Ltd.
Lighting Design ConsultantGD Lighting Design Co., Ltd
Building Height120 m
Site Area30,763 sqm
Facade Design & Optimization ConsultantRFR
PhotographsCourtesy of MAD