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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.


2011 MAD Travel Fellowship: Call for Submissions

12:00 - 7 July, 2011

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The MAD Travel Fellowship was launched by MAD Architects in 2009 to provide mainland Chinese students with an opportunity to travel abroad and research an architectural topic of their choosing. It is only through travel the visceral experience of walking into a space – that one can begin to understand the full context and meaning of architecture.

In the past two years, with the support of long-term sponsor VERTU, 10 students from all over China have received the grant and traveled to destinations including Greece, Switzerland, the United States, and Egypt.This year, 5 students will have the opportunity to travel for 7-10 days in their chosen city or region of independent study. Following their trip, the students will give a public presentation of their experience.

Qualifications, submission and further information is available after the break.

In Progress: Absolute Towers / MAD Architects

10:00 - 12 June, 2010

The curvaceous undulating towers designed by MAD Architects for Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, Canada, are under construction. Set for completion in 2011, the towers mark the architects’ first international win back in 2006. Located at the intersection of two main streets, the towers serve as a gateway to the city beyond. The textured band-like facade is created by a continuous balcony that wraps the entire building . The building is also shifted off its core by varying degrees to provide views of the surrounding scenery, keeping city dwellers attune to the natural environment. The architects explained, “This building is more than just a functional machine: it responds to the significance of being located at the junction of two main streets, elegantly bearing its landmark status and acting as a gateway to the city beyond. It is something beautiful, sculptural and human.”

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Monster Footprints / MAD

08:18 - 17 December, 2009

MAD Architects’ latest contribution to Shenzhen came in the form of two huge monster footprints. The design, made for the Urbanism\Architecture Shenzhen & Hongkong Bi-city Biennale, is a sunken space that functions as a playground. Paved in pink EPDM material, the Monster’s Footprint attempts to enter a very “surreal reality”, and offer a possibility for city dwellers to find their own freedom and joy in the Citizen Square. The playful space illustrates MAD ‘s ability to bring their design attitude to smaller scale projects.

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Urban Forest / MAD Architects

21:00 - 5 December, 2009

Upon first glance, MAD Architects’ latest project for Chongqing, China looks like an impossibility. The project, entitled Urban Forest, features a stacked set of floors that cantilever drastically from their central support. The floors are designed to bring more nature and open space into a densely compacted urban area.

More images and more about the project after the break.

Erdos Museum / MAD

00:00 - 26 May, 2009

Architects: MAD Location: Erdos, Inner Mongolia Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Yosuke Hayano, Dang Qun Design team: Shang Li, Andrew C. Bryant, Howard Jiho Kim, Matthias Helmreich , Zheng Tao, Qin Lichao, Yang Lin, Sun Jieming Yin Zhao , Du Zhijian Collaborators: China Institute of Building Standard Design and Research, The Institute of Shanxi Architectural Design and Research Site Area: 27,760 sqm Constructed Area: 41,227 sqm Status: Under Construction Client: Erdos Municipal Government Images: MAD

Al Rostamini Headquarters / MAD

07:30 - 22 May, 2009

Architects: MAD Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun Site Area: 4,392 sqm Constructed Area: 50,000 sqm Program: Office Headquarters Client: Al Rostamini Group Ltd Images: MAD

International firms invited by MAD to design "Huaxi City Centre" in China

21:00 - 17 February, 2009

MAD recently organized a collaborative masterplanning project in South West China. Ten young international architects were invited to take part in an urban experiment, to design a new city centre on a scenic natural site close to the city of Guiyang. The participating architects were: Atelier Manferdini (USA), BIG (DENMARK), Dieguez Fridman (ARGENTINA), EMERGENT/Tom Wiscombe (USA), HouLiang Architecture (CHINA), JDS (DENMARK/BELGIUM), MAD (CHINA), Mass Studies (KOREA), Rojkind Arquitectos (MEXICO), Serie (UK/INDIA), Sou Fujimoto Architects (JAPAN).

Seen on designboom.

Images after the break.

Hong Luo Club House / MAD Architects

00:00 - 1 July, 2008
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  • Architects

    MAD Office
  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Category

  • Project Directors

    Yansong Ma, Yosuke Hayano
  • Project Architect

    Florian Pucher
  • Design Team

    Shen Jun, Christian Taubert, Marco Zuttioni, Yu Kui
  • Associate Architects & Engineers

    IDEA Design Studio
  • Area

    487.2 m2
  • Project Year