The great Chaoyang park plaza complex

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The great Chaoyang park plaza complex

MAD architects, the Chinese company led by Ma Yansong, completed the "Chaoyang park plaza", located on the southern edge of Beijing’s largest business district.

MAD architects, the Chinese company led by Ma Yansong, completed the "Chaoyang park plaza", located on the southern edge of Beijing’s largest "business district". The project includes the "Armani apartment complex" of 220,000 square meters, which contains ten buildings designed for "more like a classic of shanshui painting on an urban scale, than skyscrapers". The project, inaugurated in 2014, was conceived as an extension of the park within the city. "We want to blur the boundary between nature and the artificial, and make it so that both are designed with the other in mind," explains Ma Yansong.

Inspired by traditional Chinese landscape paintings, MAD’s design introduces a range of natural forms and spaces. Connected by a glazed atrium, the two large twin buildings in the shape of an asymmetric tower are located at the base of the park lake and appear as two mountain peaks. Small-scale commercial buildings appear as eroded mountain rocks, whose seemingly random placement forms a secluded urban garden. Finally, the two multi-story south-west Armani apartments have staggered balconies that encourage outdoor living.

The general environment generated by the harmony of the designed buildings is modeled by smooth surfaces and curves that try to evoke the emotion and aesthetic resonance of a traditional Chinese ink painting. The landscape that weaves between the buildings incorporates pines, bamboo, rocks and ponds: all traditional elements of the oriental landscape that imply a deeper connection between architecture and classical space.


The great beijing’s chaoyang park plaza complex
The great beijing’s chaoyang park plaza complex
The great beijing’s chaoyang park plaza complex
The great beijing’s chaoyang park plaza complex
The great beijing’s chaoyang park plaza complex
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