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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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UNStudio Named Winner of Landmark Melbourne Skyscraper Competition

04:00 - 15 August, 2018
UNStudio Named Winner of Landmark Melbourne Skyscraper Competition , Green Spine / UNStudio + Cox Architecture . Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture
Green Spine / UNStudio + Cox Architecture . Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture

UNStudio and Cox Architecture have officially been announced as the winners of Melbourne’s landmark Southbank Precinct overhaul. Selected from a range of high-profile offices, including BIG, OMA, and MAD, UNStudio's vision for the $2 billion project includes a pair of twisted towers called Green Spine. As the largest single-phase project in the history of Victoria, Australia, the Green Spine is designed as a state-of-the-art, mixed-use environment centered around innovation in architecture and design.

Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture + 30

MAD Revitalizes Abandoned Japanese Mountain Tunnel with Elemental Art Trail

16:00 - 6 August, 2018
MAD Revitalizes Abandoned Japanese Mountain Tunnel with Elemental Art Trail, Light Cave (Water). Image Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners Inc
Light Cave (Water). Image Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners Inc

MAD Architects have completed their restoration work on the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Niigata prefecture, transforming the historic lookout tunnel into a trail of artistic spaces. The “Tunnel of Light” was opened as part of the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, cutting through 750 meters of rock formations to offer a panoramic view across one of Japan’s great landscapes.

MAD’s scheme seeks to “transform points along the historic tunnel through the realization of several architectural spaces and artistic atmospheres." Inspired by the five elements of wood, earth, metal, fire, and water, the scheme explores the relationship between humans and nature, and "re-connects locals and visitors alike with the majestic beauty of the land."

Periscope (Wood). Image Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners Inc The Drop (Fire). Image Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners Inc The Drop (Fire). Image Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners Inc Expression of Color (Earth). Image Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners Inc + 22

OMA, BIG, and UNStudio Among Prominent Firms to Reveal Visions for Landmark Melbourne Southbank

12:30 - 27 July, 2018
OMA, BIG, and UNStudio Among Prominent Firms to Reveal Visions for Landmark Melbourne Southbank, The Lanescraper. Image Courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group / Fender Katsalidis Architects
The Lanescraper. Image Courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group / Fender Katsalidis Architects

A prominent shortlist including BIG, OMA, and UNStudio have revealed their visions for Melbourne’s landmark Southbank Precinct overhaul. The $2 billion project will be the largest single-phase project in the history of Victoria, Australia, intended as “a state-of-the-art, mixed-use environment” to be “centered around innovation in architecture and design.”

The six shortlisted schemes include twisting towers, interlocking blocks, and stacked neighborhoods, all focusing on the 6,000-square-meter BMW Southbank site. The designs were revealed at a public symposium on July 27th featuring speakers from the shortlisted firms.

Urban Tree. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects / Elenberg Fraser Urban Tree. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects / Elenberg Fraser Stack. Image Courtesy of MVRDV / Woods Bagot Green Spine. Image Courtesy of UNStudio / Cox Architecture + 24

MAD's Yabuli Conference Centre Celebrates the Rugged, Snow-Capped Terrain of Northeastern China

14:00 - 26 July, 2018
MAD's Yabuli Conference Centre Celebrates the Rugged, Snow-Capped Terrain of Northeastern China, © MIR
© MIR

The groundbreaking ceremony has occurred for MAD Architects’ China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre, settled in the mountains of Yabuli in Northeastern China. A snow-capped mountainous landscape known for its rugged terrain and freezing temperatures, Yabuli is home to the annual summit of the China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF) considered to be the “Davos of Asia.”

MAD’s scheme, also referred to as the “Yabuli Conference Centre” seeks to embody and showcase the “ambitions, ideologies, and forward critical thinking of CEF members” through a tent-like structure defined by soft, sloping lines.

© MIR © MIR © MIR © MIR + 12

MAD's First US Project 'Gardenhouse' Tops Out in Beverly Hills

16:30 - 3 July, 2018
Bird view. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects
Bird view. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD Architects’ first project in the U.S., an 18-unit residential complex, has topped out in Beverly Hills. The project named ‘Gardenhouse’, is founded upon the idea of coalescing nature and the built environment in a dense urban center, providing residents an experience similar to that of living in a “hilltop village”. Once fully completed, Gardenhouse will feature a terraced arrangement of urban villas atop a plant-covered podium.

Rendering. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Rendering. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Bird view. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects Interior. Image Courtesy of MAD Architects + 9

Open Call: 2018 MAD Travel Fellowship

16:00 - 22 May, 2018

To architecture students worldwide, MAD encourages you to apply for the 2018 MAD Travel Fellowship.

Ma Yansong, founding principal partner of MAD Architects, initiated MAD Travel Fellowship in 2009. During the past 8 years, the program has sponsored 45 students for their overseas architecture travels to Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. MAD believes it is only through travel – the visceral experience of interacting with, and being influenced by, different spaces – that one can begin to understand ideas of context and gain a deeper insight into architecture.

Chaoyang Park Plaza - Office Public Area Interiors / Supercloud Studio + MADA s.p.a.m.

20:00 - 4 May, 2018
Relationship between the Interior and the Exterior of the Lobby. Image © Yong Zhang
Relationship between the Interior and the Exterior of the Lobby. Image © Yong Zhang

The major building(A1/A2) and A7 Building are both office building.. Image © Yong Zhang Decoration of the Lobby. Image © Yong Zhang A7 Gateway. Image © Yong Zhang Relationship between the Interior and the Exterior of the Lobby. Image © Yong Zhang + 32

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    10 Beijing Chaoyang Park South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • Interior Designer

    Yinghui Wang, Xunjun Xu, Yuqing Yang
  • Design Team

    Xiaoyu Han, Xiaohui Wu, Zhen Xu, Jiachi Zheng, Bingjing Jiang, Wenhao Sun
  • Area

    16400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition

12:00 - 27 April, 2018
BIG, OMA, and MVRDV Among Shortlisted Firms for Melbourne Landmark Competition, via Southbank by Beulah
via Southbank by Beulah

The shortlist for a new landmark project in Melbourne has been announced, comprising award-winning global architects such as Bjarke Ingels Group, MVRDV, and OMA. For the “Southbank by Beulah” mixed-use development, the shortlisted architects will engage in a design competition working in collaboration with local Australian firms, each producing a design proposal for Melbourne’s BMW Southbank site.

With an end value in excess of $2 billion, Southbank by Beulah will be the first large-scale private project adhering to the Australian Institute of Architecture guidelines, while the design competition will be chaired by a jury of seven regarded individuals from academic, architectural, property and government sectors.

7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 Milan Design Week

14:36 - 18 April, 2018
7 Installations to Watch Out For at the 2018 Milan Design Week, Future Space / Peter Pichler Architecture. Image Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture
Future Space / Peter Pichler Architecture. Image Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture

The 2018 Milan Design Week is now underway, a festival which this year is expected to attract over 300,000 visitors. Every year, the festival brings together a wide range of practitioners and design companies resulting in unusual yet fascinating collaborations and installations.

Below, we have compiled a list of collaborations to look out for throughout the week, including investigations into water, healthcare, and micro-living.

Open Sky / COS & Phillip K. Smith. Image Courtesy of Lance Gerber REVERSE ROOM / Foscarini & James Wines / SITE. Image Courtesy of Foscarini Future Space / Peter Pichler Architecture. Image Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture Fifth Ring / MAD. Image Courtesy of MAD + 36

Ma Yansong: “Some People May Say My Work Is Futuristic, But I See It as Traditional”

09:30 - 30 March, 2018
Huangshan Mountain Village. Image © Hufton + Crow
Huangshan Mountain Village. Image © Hufton + Crow

With the unconventional, undulating forms of his buildings—and the fact that his path to architectural success included a stint working for Zaha HadidMa Yansong is often miscategorized as an architect of the latter generation of Deconstructivists, interested only in futuristic forms that push the boundaries of technology for the sake of innovation as an end in itself. But in fact Ma’s designs, especially those in his home country of China, are deeply rooted in nature and tradition, as he explains in the latest interview from Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: If someone wants to understand what your work is about, what project would you show and what would you say about it?

Ma Yansong: To tell you the truth, I don’t mind if people don’t understand my work or who I am. [Laughs.] It is hard to choose because I am a different person while working on every project. Every project is about different emotions.

Chaoyang Park Plaza. Image © Hufton + Crow Harbin Opera House. Image © Iwan Baan Huangshan Mountain Village. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG Absolute Towers. Image © Iwan Baan + 93

MAD Architects' Harbin Opera House Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo

09:30 - 25 March, 2018
MAD Architects' Harbin Opera House Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo, © Andres Gallardo
© Andres Gallardo

Andres Gallardo, a self-taught photographer from Spain, captures the poetry and theatricality of MAD Architects' Harbin Opera House in a series of photos which display the building's undulating interiors and the sense of ethereal calm it takes on through the night—and through the snowstorm that took place between Gallardo's two photoshoots.

A winner of ArchDaily's Building of the Year Awards in 2016, the Harbin Opera House is inspired by the frozen wilderness of its surrounds and is saturated in local identity, culture, and art. The sculpted forms seem to grow and emerge from the snow, leading one into its poetic stillness within. Gallardo's photo series highlights the beauty in its stillness, as if the serpentine forms of the architecture have been frozen in time and are waiting to move once more.

© Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo © Andres Gallardo + 26

New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles

14:00 - 15 March, 2018
New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles, Courtesy of MAD
Courtesy of MAD

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by MAD Architects, has broken ground in Los Angeles, California. Founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, and standing at the gateway to the city’s Exposition Park, the scheme is envisioned as a “futuristic spaceship” landing on the site’s natural environment.

The building’s interior has been designed as an expansive, open cave, flooded with natural light from skylights above. At least $400 million worth of art will be housed in the museum, including over 10,000 paintings, illustrations and movie memorabilia. The first floor and roof will be designated as public areas for visitors to exercise, relax, and “directly experience nature in the urban environment."

Courtesy of MAD Courtesy of Studio-MLA Courtesy of MAD Courtesy of MAD + 5

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