MAD Architects has topped out on Chaoyang Park Plaza, a 120-meter-high mixed use development rising in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the city's largest parks. A product of Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the building is designed to "push the boundary of the urbanization process in modern cosmopolitan life by creating a dialogue between artificial scenery and natural 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 in the project's initial unveiling. “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.”
The project is said to be a reinterpretation of the natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings. These shapes become, as MAD puts it, contemporary "city landscapes" that reintroduces urban life with nature.
“This project transforms the traditional model of buildings in a modern city’s central business district," adds 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.”
The Chaoyang Park Plaza is expected to be completed in 2016. It will be comprised of 120,000-square-meters of commercial, office and residential space adorned with multi-level terraces and public gardens.
LocationChao Yang Gong Yuan Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
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（Shenzhen）Group Co., Ltd
Facade Design & Optimize ConsultantRFR
Landscape Design ConsultantGreentown Akin
Lighting Design ConsultantGD Lighting Design Co., Ltd