November 23, 2017

MAD architects, JOMO's favorite new generation architecture firm, are reconnecting architecture to nature by literally taking the straight lines out of Chinese cities.


See the CNN video describing how co-founder Ma Yansong is looking to change our modern city skylines, one curve at a time:


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MAD Architects Complete Huangshan Mountain Village (2017-11-14)


In the rich verdant scenery and distinct granite peaks, the beloved landscape has long inspired artists, offering them sheltered spaces for contemplation and reflection. A UNESCO Heritage Site, the humanistic atmosphere and beautiful, tranquil environment has become an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Huangshan Mountain Village is a true expression of Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” philosophy. The intention has not been to create architecture that references forms of nature, such as mountains and water, but instead to establish a space where people can reconnect with nature on a spiritual level ─ to create architecture that evokes emotion and that embodies humanity’s pursuit for inner fulfillment.

The apartments of “Huangshan Mountain Village” are quiet retreats. With their shape informed by the tea fields nearby, they appear as if they have been sculpted by wind and water, with no two the same. Extending the interior to the exterior, they provide plenty of outdoor space, giving residents the feeling that they are not just observers of the scenery that surrounds them, but actually immersed within it ─ creating a dialogue with the mountains, lake, and sky.


Organized in a linked configuration across the southern slope of Taiping Lake, the dynamic relationship that is created among the ten buildings establishes a new type of village landscape: one where architecture becomes nature, and nature dissolves into architecture.


Ma Yangson Co-Founder and international 'star'architect MAD Architects




Photos: courtesy of MAD


Huangshan Mountain Village
Huangshan, China


Huangshan Taiping Lake Masterplan
Site Area: 1,186,520 sqm
Building Area: 613,200 sqm


Huangshan Mountain Village (Phase One)
Site Area: 189,882 sqm
Building Area: 69,586 sqm


Typology: Residential
Principals in Charge: Ma Yansong, Qun Dang, Yosuke Hayano
Associate in Charge: LIU Huiying

Team: Philippe Brysse, Tiffany Masako Dahlen, Luke Lu, WANG Deyuan, Jakob Beer, ZHAO Wei, LI Guangchong, Kayla Lee, Geraldine Lo, Alejandra Obregon, Zeng Lingdong, Achille Tortini, Matthew Rosen, Gustavo Maya, ZHENG Fang, Sarita Tejasmit, Augustus Chan, Jeong-Eun Lee


Clients: Greenland Hong Kong Holdings Limited
Executive Architect: HSarchitects
Interior Design: Suzhou Gold Mantis Construction Decoration
Landscape Design: Broadacre Source Landscape
Curtain Wall Design: Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd
Lighting Design: Shanghai Mofo Lighting

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