a+u: MAD Architects - Dreamscape

a+u: MAD Architects - Dreamscape

The September 2020 issue of a+u: Architecture and Urbanism, Japan’s premier monthly architecture magazine, has been dedicated to MAD Architects. This marks the 600th issue of the celebrated journal.

The issue celebrates this journey though the theme “dreamscape”, with models, sketches, drawings, and images of MAD’s finest works. Among the twenty-two iconic art and architecture projects are the Harbin Opera House, Shenzhen Bay Culture Park, Quzhou Sports Campus, and YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten, complemented by essays from Fumio Nanjo, senior advisor of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and Frederic Migayrou, deputy director of the Center Pompidou in Paris.

On the theme “dreamscape”, a+u elaborates in its preface, “Since its beginning, the studio has been experimental and bold with its futuristic designs… To MAD, it is also important that the environment they built maintains spiritual and emotional connections with people through nature. The result of this combination of technology and nature is a type of fiction architecture that balances itself ambiguously between art and architecture.”

Among the material published in September’s a+u are drawings and images never seen by the public. These include detail drawings of both the Harbin Opera House, Quzhou Sports Campus, and FENIX Museum of Migration, as well as new images of Beijing’s Chaouyang Park Plaza, and the recently completed Courtyard Kindergarten.

In his essay “Architecture, art and beyond”, Fumio Nanjo comments, “The architecture that MAD creates is seen as a kind of landscape. In terms of how it takes its starting point from architecture, the landscape undeniably seeks to become a city. Yet, it also represents a new kind of nature that surrounds and encircles us. MAD has redefined architecture as a new nature.”

In his essay “Convolutions”, Frederic Migayrou writes, “Ma Yansong’s architecture is open, and its emerging morphologies resonate with the tensions induced by their sites… The Tunnel of Light project defines Ma Yansong’s aesthetic quest. ‘Space in reality, exists only as a sensual approach. Our feelings and our sensitivity see things only in the context of our daily life. We will not be able to feel the world from the inside until we have closed our eyes when space and light will touch our soul.’”

  • Essays:
    • “Convolutions” by Frederic Migayrou
    • “Architecture, art and beyond” by Fumio Nanjo
  • Discussion:
    • “Process behind the structural and façade engineering of MAD Architecture”
    • by Dang Qun, Gao Ying, Yu Hui
  • Projects:
    • Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center
    • Chaoyang Park Plaza
    • Yabuli Conference Center
    • Huangshan Mountain Village
    • Quzhou Sports Park
    • YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten
    • Harbin Opera House
    • Absolute Towers
    • Mirage – Montparnasse Tower Renovation
    • Xinhee Design Center
    • Shenzhen Bay Culture Park
    • Clover House
    • Hutong Bubbles
    • Ordos Museum
    • Tunnel of Light
    • FENIX Museum of Migration
    • Fifth Ring
  • Architecture, art and beyond:
    • Fish Tank
    • Ink Ice
    • Floating Island
    • Superstar: A Mobile Chinatown
    • MAD Martian Collection

  • ISBN

    9784900212558
  • Title

    a+u: MAD Architects - Dreamscape
  • Author

    a+u
  • Publisher

    Nobuyuki Yoshida
  • Publication year

    2020
  • Binding

    Softcover
  • Language

    English/Japanese

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Cite: "a+u: MAD Architects - Dreamscape" 21 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/950024/a-plus-u-mad-architects-dreamscape> ISSN 0719-8884

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