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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 ArchitectsHarbin 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

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

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.

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