MAD's New Work "Ink Mountain Landscape" Beijing Chaoyang Park Square Was Completed

Ma Yansong and his MAD Architects have completed the “Ink Landscape” – Chaoyang Park Plaza and Armani Apartment Complex in the past six years. Located in the largest park in Beijing CBD, south of Chaoyang Park, the total construction area of ​​the building is about 220,000 square meters. It consists of 10 buildings, high and low, like a picture of a landscape, and a set of bonsai. Inspired by Chinese landscape art, the design reshapes large-scale architectural relationships in the city center and reproduces natural forms and spaces such as “peaks, ridges, streams, rocks, valleys, and forests”.

MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has completed “Chaoyang Park Plaza”, which includes the Armani apartment complex. Positioned on the southern edge of Beijing’s Chaoyang Park ─ the largest remaining park in Beijing’s central business district area ─ the 220,000 sqm complex includes 10 buildings which unfold as a classic Shanshui painting on an urban scale. Inspired by traditional Chinese landscape paintings, the design remodels the relationship of large-scale architecture within our urban centers. It introduces natural forms and spaces ─ “mountain, brook, creek, rocks, valley and forest” ─ into the city.

Unlike the modern buildings on the edge of Central Park in New York that emphasize the sense of borders, Beijing’s futuristic buildings emphasize the extension and penetration of nature into the city, “naturalizing” the artifacts in the city, using Chinese classical The method of “borrowing the scenery” in the garden architecture breaks through the boundary between the Chaoyang Park and the city, so that the natural and artificial landscapes complement each other and make people feel good. 

Having a similar position and function as Central Park in Manhattan, but unlike the modern box-like buildings that only create a separation between the park and the city, “Chaoyang Park Plaza” instead is an expansion of nature. It is an extension of the Park into the city, naturalizing the CBD’s strong artificial skyline, borrowing from a distant landscape ─ a classical approach to Chinese garden architecture, where nature and architecture blend into one another.

“In modernist cities, architecture as an artifact is more often seen as a symbol of capital, power, or technology, while nature is another objective existence, which combines architecture and nature with traditional Eastern cities. The practice of artificially engraving and creating an overall artistic concept is very different.” Architect Ma Yansong said, “The naturalization of nature and the naturalization of artifacts will blur their boundaries. People and nature are not the relationship between the subject and the object, and they do not exist. In modern logic, people should protect nature or destroy nature. Everyone’s behavior and emotions are part of nature. You have me, I have you.”
“In modern cities, architecture as an artificial creation is seen more as a symbol of capital, power or technological development; while nature exists independently. It is different from traditional Eastern cities where architecture and nature are designed as a whole, creating an atmosphere that serves to fulfill one’s spiritual pursuits,” said architect Ma Yansong. “We want to blur the boundary between nature and the artificial, and make it so that both are designed with the other in mind. Then, the argument in the modern logic of humans to protect or to destroy nature will no longer exist if we understand and see humans and nature as co-existing. Human behavior and emotion is part of nature, and nature is where that originates and ends.”

The asymmetrical twin-tower office building on the north side of the base is adjacent to the park lake. It is like two mountain peaks that are broken out of the lake. The atrium space connecting the two towers is a glass roof structure with a cable that is transparent and bright. 
The asymmetrical twin tower office buildings on the north side of the site, sit at the base of the park’s lake and are like two mountain peaks growing out of the water. The transparent and bright abukley like a “drawstring” that pulls the two towers Together by a connecting glass rooftop structure.

A number of small-scale low-rise commercial office buildings, such as the mountains and rocks that have been washed away by the mountains for a long time, are scattered and mutually retreating, forming a secret and open urban garden.

The small-scale, low-rise commercial buildings appear as mountain rocks that have endured long-term erosion. They seem to be randomly placed, but their strategic relationship to one another forms a secluded, but open urban garden, offering a place where people Can meet within nature in the middle of the city.

The two independent Armani multi-storey apartments in the southwest of the base continue the concept of “air courtyard”. The split-level design allows each household to have more sunshine and opportunities to be close to nature. 

The two multi-story Armani apartments to the southwest continue this concept of “open air living” with their staggered balconies, offering each residential unit more opportunities to be exposed to natural sunlight, and ultimately feel a particular closeness to nature.

The overall environment creates a black and white color with a smooth curved surface, creating a quiet and mysterious, independent urban environment. The landscape interspersed in black buildings uses traditional elements such as pine, bamboo, stone, and lake, suggesting a deep connection with classical space. 

The overall environment is shaped by smooth, curved surfaces of black and white, creating a quiet and mysterious atmosphere. It is one that evokes the emotion and aesthetic resonance of a traditional Chinese ink painting, creating a tranquil escape from the surrounding, bustling urban environment The landscape that weaves itself in between the buildings incorporates pine trees, bamboo, rocks and ponds ─ all traditional eastern landscape elements that imply a deeper connection between the architecture and classical space.

Japanese graphic master Yuan Yanyi personally designed the logo guiding system for the project, integrating “simple” and “exquisite” into the overall design. 
Japanese graphic artist Kenya Hara led the design of the “simple” and “refined” signage system for the project.

Chaoyang Park Plaza has been awarded the LEED Gold Award by the American Green Building Council. The concept of “Shanshui” is also reflected in the technological innovation – the inside of the ridgeline of the double tower façade, with a ventilation filter system leading to each floor. The filtered natural ventilation can be introduced into each floor space.

The project has been awarded the LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council, as the ideal of “nature” is not only embodied in the design concept, but in the innovation and integration of green technology as well. The vertical fins seen on the Exterior glass façade emphasis the smoothness and verticality of the towers. They also function as the energy efficient ventilation and filtration system, drawing fresh air indoors.

The waterscape on the south side of the twin towers, in addition to optimizing the vision, is also a powerful cooling agent – ​​the air flows through the waterscape along the double-tower ridges, providing fresh and fresh ventilation to the twin towers.

At the base of the towers, there is a pond, that while making them appear as if they are going into infinity, works as an air cooling system in the summer, decreasing the overall temperature of the interior.

This world’s highest curved glass The dark glass used in the curtain wall building, in addition to allowing natural light to penetrate into the building, the deep color of the glass also effectively reduces the heat generated by direct sunlight.

Chaoyang Park Plaza is completed in the Beijing Central Business District, which is full of modern skyscrapers. But it is a classical city in Beijing that is really a dialogue. The philosophy of reflecting the spiritual interdependence between man and nature is also reflected in the plan. The landscape garden landscape. In the paintings of architectural historian Wang Mingxian, he collaged Chaoyang Park Square in classical landscape paintings, which is harmonious and harmonious, which is different from her relationship between urban reality and surrounding urban environment. For this contrast, Ma Yansong said, “I don’t think this is our problem. The real question is when does the city’s original cultural context disappear? Chinese cities do not have to follow the footsteps of Western industrial civilization, but should try to create one. Different cities, in terms of spiritual culture, can be compared with those of classical cities with oriental natural philosophy and wisdom.”

“Chaoyang Park Plaza” completely transforms the model of building found in our cities’ central business districts. But even though it is located in the center of Beijing’s CBD, the intention is for it to have a dialogue with the traditional and classical city of Beijing – reflecting the interdependence between man and nature, both in urban planning, and the large-scale presentation of the Shanshui garden. In the painting of Wang Mingxian, an architectural historian, he juxtaposed “Chaoyang Park Plaza” into a classical landscape painting. The architecture and the natural scenery seemed harmonious together, unlike how some might think the buildings do not fit into their urban context. Commenting on this contrast, Ma Yansong said: “I don’t think that’s our problem. The real question is when did the original cultural context of this city disappear? We have the opportunity to try and create a different kind of city, that on a spiritual and cultural level, can be compared to the classical cities of Eastern philosophy and wisdom.”

Chaoyang Park Plaza and Armani Apartment Complex Total Plan Masterplan
Chaoyang Park Square Section Section

Chaoyang Park Plaza , Beijing, China Beijing, China 2012-2017

Type: Office, Commercial, Residential 
Typology: Office, Commercial, Residential 
Base Area: Area: 30,763 square meters (sqm) 
Building Area Building Area: 
Aboveground Ground 128,177 square meters (sqm); 
Underground Underground 94,832 square meters (sqm) 
Building Height Height :142 meters (m)

Moderator: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yukio Yosuke 
Associate Partner: Li Jian, Liu Huiying 
Design Team: Fu Changrui, Zhao Wei, Li Guangchong, Lin Guomin, Hu Boxang, Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Yang Jie, Julian Sattler, Younjin Park, Zhu Xi, Xue Yan , Zheng Fang, Matteo Vergano, Wing Lung Peng, Gustavo Maya, Li Yunlong, Tiffany Dahlen, Gustaaf Alfred Van Staveren

Principal Partners in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano 
Associate Partners in Charge: Kin Li, Liu Huiying 
Team: Fu Changrui, Zhao Wei, Li Guangchong, Lin Guomin, Bennet Hu Po-Kang, Nathan Kiatkulpiboone, Yang Jie, Julian Sattler, Younjin Park, Zhu Jinglu, Xue Yan, Zheng Fang, Matteo Vergano, Wing Lung Peng, Gustavo Maya, Li Yunlong, Tiffany Dahlen, Gustaaf Alfred Van Staveren

Owner: Junhao Real Estate (Hong Kong) Holdings Co., Ltd. 
Grade A Design Institute: Siddi International Design Consultant (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 
Curtain Wall Consultant: Alpha Architectural Design Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. 
Curtain Wall Surface Optimization: Alfa Architecture Design Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., San Form Limited 
Office Commercial Interior Design: Shanghai Madsban Architectural Design Office 
Apartment Interior Design: Armani Interior Design Studio 
Logo Design: Original Research + Beijing Dasi Advertising Co., Ltd. 
Landscape Design: Shanghai Greentown Love Landscape Planning and Design Ltd. 
Interior Lighting Consultant: Shanghai Ma Ke Wendi Lighting Design Engineering Co., Ltd. 
Landscape Lighting Consultant: Beijing Junhaoguang Culture Development Co., Ltd. 
LEED and Green Construction Certification Consultant: Shenzhen Building Science Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Client: Smart-hero (HK) Investment Development Limited
Executive Architects: CCDI Group
Façade Consultant: RFR Asia
Façade Optimization: RFR Asia, San Form Limited
Interior Design (Office and Commercial): MADA s.p.a.m.
Interior Design (Residential): ARMANI/CASA Interior Design Studio
Graphic Design: Kenya Hara + NDC China
Landscape Design: Greentown Akin Landscape Architecture Co., Ltd.
Interior Lighting Consultant: M&W Lighting Limited
Landscape Lighting Consultant: Beijing Junhao Lighting Design Co., Ltd
LEED Certification Consultant: Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd.

*Photographer Photographer: Hufton + Crow

Article source: MAD Architects – WeChat public account

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