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MAD completes Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing (China)

 
The firm MAD, established by the Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004, has completed the Chaoyang Park Plaza project. The complex is composed of ten buildings and takes up an area of 220,000 square meters at the south corner of the largest remaining park of Beijing’s central business district, and it takes inspiration from Shanshui paintings, rendered with brush and ink and depicting natural landscapes of China. The project is conceived as an expansion of nature, a city park extension that blurs boundaries between nature and the artificial. Asymmetric twins connected by a transparent atrium that links them to a glazed roof, the two office towers stand on the botton of the lake like two mountains rising above the water’s surface. The commercial buildings, smaller in scale, recall rocks that have undergone long-term erosion. The whole cluster of constructions is characterized by the sinuous and smooth curves of the surfaces, and the landscape that takes shape amid the buildings incorporates pine trees, bambooks, rocks, and small ponds.

The fins on the exterior glass facade, which emphasize the verticality of the towers, also function as an energy-efficient ventilation and air filtration system.
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