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  6. 2017
  7. Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects

Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects

  • 17:00 - 13 November, 2017
Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects
Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 21

  • Team

    Philippe Brysse, Tiffany Masako Dahlen, Luke Lu, WANG Deyuan, Jakob Beer, ZHAO Wei, LI Guangchong, Kayla Lee, Geraldine Lo, Alejandra Obregon, Zeng Lingdong, Achille Tortini, Matthew Rosen, Gustavo Maya, ZHENG Fang, Sarita Tejasmit, Augustus Chan, Jeong-Eun Lee
  • Clients

    Greenland Hong Kong Holdings Limited
  • Executive Architect

    HSarchitects
  • Interior Design

    Suzhou Gold Mantis Construction Decoration
  • Landscape Design

    Broadacre Source Landscape
  • Curtain Wall Design

    Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Decoration Engineering
  • Lighting Design

    Shanghai Mofo Lighting
  • Mountain Village Site Area

    189,882 sqm
  • Mountain Village Building area

    69,586 sqm
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Text description provided by the architects. Huangshan, located near the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi in China’s Anhui province, is home to one of the country’s most beautiful mountains. Known for its rich verdant scenery and distinct granite peaks, the beloved landscape has long inspired artists, offering them sheltered spaces for contemplation and reflection. As a UNESCO Heritage Site, the humanistic atmosphere and beautiful, tranquil environment has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. It is here that MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has realized “Huangshan Mountain Village”.

Master Plan
Master Plan
© Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

MAD’s scheme is part of a larger tourism masterplan for Huangshan Taiping Lake. While providing the conveniences of modern living, the design affirms the significance of this culturally important mountain range. Composed in deference to the local topography, each of the buildings are diverse in height and appearance, and have been conceived to ensure that the original mountain levels are maintained. Organized in a link configuration across the southern slope of Taiping Lake, the dynamic relationship that is created among the ten buildings establishes a new type of village landscape: one where architecture becomes nature, and nature dissolves into architecture.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

The apartments that comprise “Huangshan Mountain Village” have all been envisioned as quiet retreats. Each one boasts an expansive balcony whose organic lines respond to the topographic contours of the immediate mountainous terrain. With their shape informed by the tea fields nearby, they appear as if they have been sculpted by wind and water, with no two the same. Extending the interior to the exterior, they provide plenty of outdoor space, giving residents the feeling that they are not just observers of the scenery that surrounds them, but actually immersed within it ─ creating a dialogue with the mountains, lake, and sky. Pathways have been determined by the landscape, so that they naturally meander through the trees and between the architecture, offering unique access to the treasured site.

Mountain Village Section
Mountain Village Section

The impression we have of Taiping Lake in Huangshan is vague: each visit to this place yields different views, different impressions. It is a bit mysterious, like ancient Shanshui landscape paintings that are never based on realism, but rather, the imagination. This inexplicable feeling is always poetic; it is obscure and indistinct. 
This is the basic idea: we hope that residents will not just look at the scenery, but see themselves in relation to this environment, attention that is brought inward. In observing oneself, one perhaps begins to notice a different self than the one present in the city.” – Ma Yansong

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Instinctively growing out of the mountainous landscape, the serene design sensibility of the village is reflected in its natural setting. It offers a new type of vertical living that while architecturally complimenting the surrounding forest, also enhances the levels of comfort and well-being of its inhabitants, establishing a synergy between humans, nature, and the local culture. 

© Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

In its completion, “Huangshan Mountain Village” is a true expression of Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” philosophy. The intention has not been to create architecture that references forms of nature, such as mountains and water, but instead to establish a space where people can reconnect with nature on a spiritual level ─ to create architecture that evokes emotion and that embodies humanity’s pursuit for inner fulfillment.

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Cite: "Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects" 13 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/883615/huangshan-mountain-village-mad-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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