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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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Living Garden / MAD Architects

13:00 - 24 September, 2018
Living Garden / MAD Architects, © Chunhui Zhao
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Chaoyang Park Plaza / MAD Architects

03:00 - 5 December, 2017
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Category

  • 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

Huangshan Mountain Village / MAD Architects

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

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Roca Beijing Gallery / MAD Architects

17:00 - 2 June, 2017
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Category

  • 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

MAD Architects Unveils Design for Translucent China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing

09:35 - 18 October, 2016
MAD Architects Unveils Design for Translucent China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing, Exterior View. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects has unveiled the design of the new China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing. Conceived in collaboration with renowned acoustic expert Yasuhisa Toyota (Walt Disney Concert Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Suntory Hall, etc.), the concert hall will serve as the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s first permanent residency while becoming “a cultural exchange and China’s new locus for classical music.”

To be located at the south side of the Workers Stadium East Gate in Beijing’s Central Business District, the 26,587 square meter (286,000 square foot) building has been envisioned as a “hidden gem” and a place of peaceful respite within the city.

“We wanted to create a pure and sacred oasis in the midst of the bustling city,” says Ma Yansong, founder & principal partner of MAD Architects. “From the moment you enter the building, you will be taken to another time and space.”

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Clover House / MAD Architects

03:00 - 23 August, 2016
Clover House / MAD Architects, © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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MAD Architects Design Veiled Xinhee Design Center in Xiamen

09:00 - 10 August, 2016
MAD Architects Design Veiled Xinhee Design Center in Xiamen, Courtesy of MAD Architects
Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects has conceived a new design center for international fashion group Xinhee in the coastal Chinese city of Xiamen. Designed as six petals growing from a central atrium, the 61,000 square meter building will sit on a 15,000 square meter site, and will serve as the home of Xinhee and its six subsidiary brands.

“We envision it as a building with skin-and-bones,” reveals MAD founding principal Ma Yansong, “the correspondence of clothing and architecture is they both explore the relationship between the interior and the exterior.”

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MAD Unveils Organic and Asymmetrical Tower in Paris' Clichy-Batignolles

11:30 - 20 May, 2016
MAD Unveils Organic and Asymmetrical Tower in Paris' Clichy-Batignolles, Courtesy of MAD Architects
Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD’s first residential project in Europe was revealed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo earlier today. The building, called UNIC, will be located in the newly developed neighborhood of Clichy-Batignolles, a former brownfield site in the northeast of the seventeenth arrondissement, covering over fifty hectares. The tower will be adjacent to Martin Luther King Park and a courthouse by Renzo Piano that is currently under construction. MAD was awarded the design through an international competition, and the project is being developed in collaboration with Biecher Architectes.

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Harbin Opera House / MAD Architects

11:45 - 16 December, 2015
Harbin Opera House / MAD Architects, © Hufton+Crow
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MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles

16:03 - 28 August, 2015
MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles, © MAD
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MAD Architects has proposed a futuristic model for housing in Los Angeles, as part of the ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles” exhibition at the A+D Museum. Dubbed the "Cloud Corridor," the concept is based on Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” philosophy for architecture to "manifest the spiritual essence between people and nature." The vision is the opposite of sprawl, proposing a high-density vertical village made up of nine interconnected residential towers.

MAD Tops Out on Beijing's Chaoyang Park Plaza

14:00 - 2 July, 2015
MAD Tops Out on Beijing's Chaoyang Park Plaza, © MAD Architects
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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."

MAD Architects Unveil Their First US Residential Project

12:33 - 19 June, 2015
MAD Architects Unveil Their First US Residential Project, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

MAD Architects has unveiled what will be their first US residential project, 8600 Wilshire. Planned to be built in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, the 18-unit "hillside village" will be perched atop commercial space and united by a water-efficient "living wall" that was inspired by the local flora.

As MAD says, the project "demonstrates founder Ma Yansong’s core design philosophy: to coalesce nature and community into a living environment among high-density cities." It is expected to break ground this October, and complete in 2016.

MAD Transforms Japanese Home into Unconventional Kindergarten and Residence

14:15 - 18 May, 2015
MAD Transforms Japanese Home into Unconventional Kindergarten and Residence, © MAD
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MAD Architects have broken ground on their first project in Japan, the "Clover House" kindergarten. "A kindergarten that feels like home," as MAD describes, the renovation project is transforming an existing 105 square-meter home in Okazaki, Aichi, into a fully functioning education institution that caters to students during the day and provides a home for its teachers at night.

Part of the original home's wood structure will be reused and incorporated into the new building's design. It's "signature" pitched roof will create a "dynamic interior space," while preserving some of the owner's past memories. 

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”, Site. Image © MAD
Site. Image © MAD

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.” 

Harbin Cultural Center / MAD Architects

01:00 - 18 September, 2013
Harbin Cultural Center / MAD Architects, © MAD Architects
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Harbin Xiangfang Cultural Center, Zhujiang Road, Xiangfang, Haerbin, Heilongjiang, China, 150090
  • Category

  • Directors

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Area

    1800000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Chaoyang Park Project / MAD Architects

01:00 - 10 September, 2013
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As a continuation to his “Shan-Shui City” concept, which envisions a “city of mountains and water,” Ma Yansong of MAD Architects has proposed an interpretation of China’s ancient natural philosophy in the contemporary city: the Chaoyang Park project. Situated in the world’s second largest city park and surrounded by a typical Chinese business district, the Chaoyang Park project seeks to infuse the “vigorous Shan-Shui culture” with a new urban typology that unites architecture and nature as a single entity. 

Pingtan Art Museum / MAD

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
Pingtan Art Museum / MAD, © MAD
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Chinese firm MAD sends us their latest museum project: Pingtang Art Museum. With a projected area of over 40,000 square meters and as the largest private museum in Asia, the museum will display thousands of pieces of national treasures. 

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