Construction begins for MAD’s landscape-changing development in Beijing

Construction has started on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza that follows up on Ma Yansong’s Shan-Shui City concept which aims to reintroduce nature into the urban realm. The mix-use complex reinterprets the natural forms expressed in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes”.

The project is located within one of Beijing’s largest public parks and central business district.

“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.”

“Flowing down the facade, the lines emphasize the smoothness of the towers and its verticality. The internal ventilation and filtration system of the ridges draw a natural breeze indoors, which not only improves the interior space but also creates an energy efficient system.”

Yangsong’s intention is to integrate nature throughout the design of the development. This includes creating landscape elements such as courtyards and multi-level garden terraces, with “mid-air courtyards” connecting the site’s two residential buildings to provide residents the “freedom to wander” through an elevated “mountain forest”.

The shape of the complex’s four offices towers are intentionally designed to recreate eroded river stones.

“This project transforms the traditional model of buildings in a modern city’s central business district,” explained MAD. “By exploring the symbiotic relationship between modern urban architecture and natural environment, it revives the harmonious co-existence between urban life and nature. It creates a Shanshui city where people can share their individual emotions and a sense of belonging.”

Natural lighting, intelligent building, and an innovative air purification system is expected to help MAD achieve LEED Gold certification upon completion of the project in 2016.