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MAD Architects

Founded by Ma Yansong in 2004, MAD Architects is a global architecture firm committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature.

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The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017

06:00 - 22 February, 2018
The Best Chinese Architecture of 2017, ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017
ArchDaily China's Best Projects of 2017

2017 was a momentous year for Chinese architecture. From Tianjin Binhai Library taking the internet by storm with images of its terraced "sea of bookcases", to Alvar Aalto Medal recognizing Zhang Ke of standardarchitecture for his professional accomplishments. China has retained a remarkable presence in the global architecture scene.

So many of our readers around the world celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome fresh beginnings in the Year of the Dog, we would like to take a look back at 2017 and share with you the most visited projects from China. This is a collection of projects coming from world-famous practices such as MVRDV and MAD Architects, and also from the younger, local talents who have demonstrated great potential in bringing positive changes to China’s built environment.

Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

23:00 - 7 February, 2018
Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

With nearly 100,000 votes cast during the last two weeks, we are happy to present the winners of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. This peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award showcases projects chosen by ArchDaily readers who filtered thousands of projects down to the 15 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2017.

Laurian Ghinitoiu Captures MAD's Chaoyang Park Plaza in its Lively Beijing Context

12:30 - 11 December, 2017
Laurian Ghinitoiu Captures MAD's Chaoyang Park Plaza in its Lively Beijing Context, Chaoyang Park Plaza / MAD Architects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Chaoyang Park Plaza / MAD Architects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

Located in the largest remaining park in Beijing’s central business district, MAD Architects’ Chaoyang Park Plaza opened earlier this to year to much deserved fanfare. With a striking black glass form inspired by traditional Chinese ink landscape paintings, the complex is an immediate standout within its context.

In this photo series, Laurian Ghinitiou captures the series of buildings, drawing attention to their relationships to those surroundings. From the bustling streetscape, to the local residents fishing in the nearby pond, to KPF’s fast-rising CITIC Tower in the distance (soon to become Beijing’s tallest tower), Ghinitiou’s photographs are a reminder that all architecture is a product of the people and buildings around it – even the most dramatic of forms.

Check out the full photo set below:

Chaoyang Park Plaza / MAD Architects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Chaoyang Park Plaza / MAD Architects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Chaoyang Park Plaza / MAD Architects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Chaoyang Park Plaza / MAD Architects. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 46

Chaoyang Park Plaza / MAD Architects

03:00 - 5 December, 2017
© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Principals in Charge

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Associate Partners in Charge

    Kin Li, Liu Huiying
  • Team

    Fu Changrui, Zhao Wei, Li Guangchong, Lin Guomin, Bennet Hu Po-Kang, Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Yang Jie, Julian Sattler, Younjin Park, Zhu Jinglu, Xue Yan, Zheng Fang, Matteo Vergano, Wing Lung Peng, Gustavo Maya, Li Yunlong, Tiffany Dahlen, Gustaaf Alfred Van Staveren
  • Area

    223009.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village Through The Lens Of Fernando Guerra

09:30 - 2 December, 2017
© Fernando Guerra
© Fernando Guerra

From Portuguese architectural photographer Fernando Guerra comes imagery of MAD's Huangshan Mountain Village in China. This residential design, comprising ten housing blocks that mimic the mountain range they are embedded in, is just one piece of the Taiping Lake tourism master plan; architecture and nature blend together to create modern apartments with differing panoramic views.

© Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra + 50

New Renderings Reveal Interiors of MAD Architects' Beverly Hills Residential Village

16:00 - 30 November, 2017
New Renderings Reveal Interiors of MAD Architects' Beverly Hills Residential Village, Courtesy of Palisades
Courtesy of Palisades

New renderings released by developer Palisades have revealed the interiors of MAD Architects’ upcoming Beverly Hills residential village, the Gardenhouse.

With construction on the project well underway, the images show how the interior spaces, designed by Rottet Studio, will interact with the architecture created by MAD. Inspired by close-knit hilltop villages, the development at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard will feature 18 individual villas that look in onto a shared courtyard.

Courtesy of Palisades Courtesy of Palisades Courtesy of Palisades Courtesy of Palisades + 8

Spotlight: Ma Yansong

06:00 - 26 November, 2017
Spotlight: Ma Yansong, Harbin Opera House. Image © Iwan Baan
Harbin Opera House. Image © Iwan Baan

Founder of the innovative architecture firm MAD Architects, Ma Yansong (born 26 November 1975) has helped to give China a name in the international architecture scene. The first Chinese architect to receive a RIBA fellowship, Ma explores contemporary architecture in relation to traditional eastern values of nature, resulting in buildings that are complex and contextually aware, but sometimes even surreal. 

Harbin Opera House. Image © Iwan Baan Absolute Towers. Image © Iwan Baan © MAD Architects Harbin Opera House. Image © Hufton+Crow + 13

Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Huangshan National Park, Huangshan Qu, Huangshan Shi, Anhui Sheng, China, 245800, China
  • Principals in Charge

    Ma Yansong, Qun Dang, Yosuke Hayano
  • Associate in Charge

    LIU Huiying
  • Area

    613200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

MAD Architects' Emotional Architecture is Shaping the Future of China's Growing Skyline

16:00 - 8 October, 2017

Architecture has to be organic… we need to create a space for people to connect, to coexist - MAD Architects. 

As the demographic of China’s buildings changes, one architect is fighting the “artificial” straight lines and tower blocks that are plaguing the skyline. In the government’s mass urbanization, skyscrapers are having to be built constantly for all the people that are flocking to the cities.

Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD Architects explains “They often deal with efficiency, the function, the structure. There's no nature. People love to go closer to nature and other people, so we need to create environments that let people have these emotional connections."

Runner-Up Proposals Revealed in Tour Montparnasse Competition

16:00 - 26 September, 2017
Runner-Up Proposals Revealed in Tour Montparnasse Competition, Proposals by Studio Gang and MAD Architects. Image
Proposals by Studio Gang and MAD Architects. Image

Following the announcement of Nouvelle AOM as the winner of the competition to redesign Paris’ Tour Montparnasse, runner-up proposals have been revealed from the six finalists: Architecture Studio, Dominique Perrault Architecture, MAD Architects + DGLA, OMA, PLP Architecture and Studio Gang.

The competition sought proposals for the transformation of the Montparnasse Tower, which has been one of the city’s most controversial buildings since its completion in 1973. The new project was required to be  “capable of giving a powerful, innovative, dynamic and ambitious new identity to the famous Parisian landmark, whilst integrating the challenges of usage, comfort and energy performance to the highest levels.”

See the finalist entries, below.

Proposal by PLP Architecture. Image via le Pavillon de l'Arsenal Proposal by Dominique Perrault Architecture. Image via le Pavillon de l'Arsenal Proposal by Architecture Studio. Image via le Pavillon de l'Arsenal Proposal by OMA. Image via le Pavillon de l'Arsenal + 26

Sneak Peek: MAD's Chaoyang Park Plaza Project is Almost Complete

06:00 - 5 September, 2017
© Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery
© Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery

If you follow MAD Architects on social media, the chances are good that in recent months you've seen a number of updates regarding their Chaoyang Park Plaza project in Beijing. Located at the southern edge of the largest park in Beijing, the project comprises a complex of 5 buildings, including a pair of asymmetric towers that reach 120 meters tall. Now, with the building almost complete, photographer Khoo Guo Jie of Studio Periphery has provided us with this sneak peek of the project.

© Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery © Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery © Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery © Khoo Guo Jie/Studio Periphery + 15

#donotsettle Visits MAD’s "Out-of-this-World" Harbin Opera House

08:30 - 25 August, 2017

Welcome to the latest installment of #donotsettle extra, the series in which Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost accompany some of their #donotsettle videos with in-depth textual analysis of the buildings they visit.

After last month’s visit to OMA’s first building in Shanghai, we stayed in China and headed north—far north. We are happy to take you to a building that has been high on our “to-do list.” Harbin, a provincial capital city in the north-east of China, has previously only been known for the large-scale ice sculptures that appear during the winter months. In the past two years, this has changed, at least for the architecture geeks spread around the world.

Ma Yansong and his team at MAD Architects designed and built the Harbin Opera House in a new part of the city. First announced in 2013, the building was completed at the end of 2015. Since then, an endless stream of breathtaking photos has been shared on the internet. We had to see this project with our own eyes! We ventured out to Harbin and spent a day at the Opera.

© Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost © Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost © Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost © Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost + 13

MAD Architects Designs Futuristic Headquarters for the "World’s Fastest-Accelerating Electric Car"

11:10 - 18 July, 2017
MAD Architects Designs Futuristic Headquarters for the "World’s Fastest-Accelerating Electric Car", Courtesy of MAD Architects
Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects has unveiled designs for a new campus for Faraday Future (FF), makers of “the world’s fastest-accelerating electric car.” Located on the site of a former Naval base on Mare Island, adjacent to the Napa River in Northern California, the campus has been envisioned as a “zero-emission base” that will support not only the company’s research, development, and manufacturing headquarters, but also public outreach programming and ecological restoration of the river.

Courtesy of MAD Architects Courtesy of MAD Architects Courtesy of MAD Architects Courtesy of MAD Architects + 11

MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Approved by LA City Council

12:25 - 29 June, 2017
MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Approved by LA City Council, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to approve the construction of the long-awaited Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in LA’s Exposition Park, all but ensuring that the museum has finally found its permanent home after three years of searching.

The Best Architect-Designed Pieces from Design Miami/ Basel 2017

14:00 - 16 June, 2017
The Best Architect-Designed Pieces from Design Miami/ Basel 2017, Table, MAD Martian Collection by MAD Architects. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects
Table, MAD Martian Collection by MAD Architects. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects

With Design Miami/ Basel 2017 well underway (from June 13-18), ArchDaily has compiled a list of the best architect-designed furniture pieces on display at the event. This year, notable items include works by MAD Architects, Christ & Gantenbien, Trix & Robert Haussman, John Lautner, Jonathen Muecke, Jean Prouvé and Sou Fujimoto.

Roca Beijing Gallery / MAD Architects

17:00 - 2 June, 2017
Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects

Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects Roca Beijing Gallery  / MAD Architects + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Directors

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Team

    Yukan Yanagawa, Hiroki Fujino, Yin Ming, Li Yuanhao, Sear Nee
  • Area

    800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

New Renderings Revealed for MAD's Lucas Museum in Los Angeles

15:15 - 5 May, 2017
New Renderings Revealed for MAD's Lucas Museum in Los Angeles, Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning

New renderings showing an updated design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles have been revealed as part of a presentation to the LA city planning commission. Designed by MAD Architects, the building will house the Star Wars-directors’ expansive collection of art, illustrations and artifacts, showcasing the art of visual storytelling.

Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning Courtesy of Los Angeles Department of City Planning + 4

MAD Unveils Proposal to Transform Milan's Dilapidated Railyards

10:30 - 10 April, 2017
MAD Unveils Proposal to Transform Milan's Dilapidated Railyards, Historical Future: Milan Reborn, Scalo Farini and Valtellina
Historical Future: Milan Reborn, Scalo Farini and Valtellina

In an presentation at Milan Design Week 2017, MAD Architects has revealed their proposal for the Scali Milano project, which invited five international firms (MAD, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Mecanoo, MIRALLES TAGLIABUE EMBT, and Cino Zucchi Architetti) to design a community-reactivation masterplan aimed at transforming a series of Milan's neglected railyards into "productive social landscapes that establish a harmony between Milan’s citizenry, the larger metropolitan region, and the natural environment." 

Titled Historical Future: Milan Reborn, MAD's scheme proposes reorganizing the railyards into a series of interconnected micro-systems that follow five spatial concepts: “City of Connections,” “City of Green,” “City of Living,” “City of Culture,” and “City of Resources.”

© Piero Cruciatti / La Presse © Piero Cruciatti / La Presse Councilor of Urban Planning, Green, and Agriculture for the City of Milan Pierfrancesco Maran, FS Urban Systems CEO Carlo De Vito, and Ma Yansong on MAD's exhibition site © Piero Cruciatti / La Presse + 21