MAD in China
Danish Architecture Centre
On view: November 03, 2007 - January 06, 2008
They combine art, design and architecture, creating
their own agenda. Their approach is visionary, dramatic, humoristic
and international. They look into the future and relate to social
and urban issues in their projects. They are China's wild young
architects - and they call themselves MAD.
MAD Office, a young Chinese firm of architects and designers,
took the international scene by storm, when they in 2006, as the
first Chinese studio ever, won an architecture competition outside
China. The "Absolute Tower" in Toronto, Canada, is scheduled for
completion in 2009.
In general the building looks like a sculpture...The connected balcony surrounds the whole building and thus removes the vertical lines, which is traditionally used in high rise architecture to accentuate the height. The whole building rotates with different degrees on different levels, which fit the sceneries in the different heights. Our goal is to wake the resident's search for nature and bring them in contact with sunlight and the wind./MAD
Over the last 20 years China has become known as the factory of the world. "Made in China" is globally recognised as symbolising cheap products and poor quality. But China is rapidly moving forwards, not only economically, culturally and artistically, but also with its dreams and ambitions for the future.
Most spectacular is MAD's visionary "Beijing 2050," where the studio has quite literally gone mad, with futuristic visions for a densely populated city in the year 2050.
What will the densely populated future city in China look like? We think we need a literal connection rather than segregation or simply chasing the building height. Digital studios, multimedia business centers, theaters, restaurants, libraries, sightseeing, exhibitions, gyms, and even a man made lake are elevated above the Central Business District, and connect with each other horizontally. This proposal and the new city organization principle articulate our queries of "machine aesthetics" and "vertical city", characterized by modernism./MAD
The "Beijing 2050" project is not merely an image, however beautiful it may be. It is perhaps also a reflection, in which we can take a closer look at history and the world of today. The project is not an expression of rebellious or radical ideology. Rather, it symbolises a desire to acknowledge our history and present realities. We believe that our visions will become reality by 2050./Ma Yansong
Sun Plaza, on Guangzhou international biology island, is
designed to resemble an undulating surface, where meetings,
exhibitions, technologies, and services center are linked up to
form an integral construction. The architecture floats on the
island, making full use of the open space while protecting three
ancient ancestral temples. The architecture is no longer deemed as
an obstruction to the space, in fact, it has developed an open
space where the new architecture and cultural relics coexist in
Changsha City's new culture platform creates a soft surface, under which the Music hall, museum, and library are gathered together. The waterfront landscape is presented again in this three-dimensional platform.
The biggest challenge of this architectural project was to create a new cultural plateau for Changsha City, which simultaneously serves as an organic links between urban context and waterfront. This new urban plateau has two surfaces that respond and articulate to internal function. The external environment turns out to be new urban space blessed with the richness of the great nature, which has been given a vigorous touch by the progression of the city./MAD
I couldn't help asking myself, why shouldn't we make it a thing completely produced in China? Build the house in China and then ship it to Europe!/Ma Yansong
The exhibition gives us a valuable insight into what we can expect of the new generation of Chinese architects./Kent Martinussen, CEO, Danish Architecture Centre
MAD, an abbreviation of MA Design, is named after the firm's founder, Ma Yansong, but purposefully plays on the crazy pun.
Established in 2002 MAD has three partners, 30 employees and the main office in Beijing. In April 2007 MAD opened another office in Tokyo, Japan.
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