New images capture MAD’s rock-shaped Chaoyang Park Plaza

This new set of images by photographer Khoo Guo Jie captures the mountain-inspired details of Chinese firm MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza as it nears completion in Beijing. Khoo Guo Jie’s photographs document the skyscrapers, office blocks and public space that make up the 120,000-square-metre complex built on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park – one of the city’s largest parklands.

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Chinese cities are “still copying” architecture from other countries says Ma Yansong

MAD co-founder Ma Yansong says that Chinese cities should draw more from the country’s traditional architecture, rather than aping the style of western buildings, in the second part of our exclusive video interview. Ma says that looking at the philosophy of traditional buildings could help the country develop a contemporary style that is uniquely Chinese. Ma, who

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Ma Yansong: “Architects need to talk about what the future is”

In this video interview filmed at the RIBA International Conference, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD spells out why he believes architects should be proposing visionary ideas for the future, rather than cozying up to developers. Ma previously spoke to Dezeen about why he thinks architects have a role to play in solving the big problems facing the world. In this movie, the MAD founder goes into

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MAD unveils “extraterrestrial” campus for electric car brand Faraday Future

Chinese architecture studio MAD has designed a sci-fi-influenced headquarters for Faraday Future, a new car company focussed on electric vehicles, in Northern California. Faraday Future (FF) plans to move from its current Los Angeles base to the new campus, which it is hoped will allow the fledgling company to expand its research and development. The company recently announced the

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“Architects should be more critical and visionary” says Ma Yansong

Architects have become too close to the commercial world and should instead be proposing visionary ideas for the future, according to Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD. The profession needs to learn from past movements including the modernists, the metabolists and deconstructivists, Yansong said, and form movements capable of influencing society. “Architecture in society today

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MAD’s mountain-shaped tower complex nears completion in Beijing

New images by photographer Edmon Leong offer a first look at the nearly completed glass volumes of MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza – a commercial and residential complex based on rock formations in Beijing. MAD’s 120,000-square-metre complex of skyscrapers, office blocks and public spaces is located in Beijing’s central business district, which sits on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park –

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Ma Yansong invites architecture students to apply for 2017 MAD Travel Fellowship

Dezeen promotion: Beijing architecture studio MAD is calling for students to apply for its travel fellowships, allowing them to research architecture in countries all around the world. MAD founder Ma Yansong launched the MAD Architecture Travel Fellowship programme in 2009. For 2017, it offers five international architecture students the chance to visit China, and sponsors five Chinese students to travel abroad.

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David Chipperfield, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Ma Yansong to speak at RIBA International Week

Dezeen promotion: architects David Chipperfield, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Ma Yansong will join Dr Joan Clos of UN-Habitat for the centrepiece conference of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ International Week in July. RIBA International Week, which takes place from 3 to 7 July 2017, is a programme of events and keynote speeches exploring the

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MAD and Stefano Boeri propose crinkled towers and vertical forests for Milan’s disused railway yards

MAD, Stefano Boeri Architetti and Mecanoo are among five architecture studios to unveil proposals to completely transform unused railways across Milan, creating high-density housing and swaths of greenery. Milanese practice Cino Zucchi Architetti and Barcelona studio EMBT Miralles Tagliabue also developed ideas to reinvigorate the seven disused railway yards. The five proposals emerged from a workshop held in December 2016, which invited architects to reimagine

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Marc Goodwin photographs 11 architecture studios in Beijing

Photographer Marc Goodwin visited 11 architecture studios in Beijing to create this photoset, which offers a glimpse inside the workplaces of MAD, Zhang Ke and Vector Architects. The board variety of offices in the Chinese capital captured by Goodwin, who runs the photography studio Archmospheres, range from a darkly lit former boiler room to apartments once used by diplomats. Zhang Ke’s

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MAD’s George Lucas Museum will be built in Los Angeles

The MAD-designed George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Los Angeles, not San Francisco, it has been announced. After being forced to abandon plans in Chicago, Beijing studio MAD developed two competing designs for the Star Wars creator’s film museum, each in different US cities. But museum’s board has revealed it will move forward with the proposal in

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Competition: win a copy of MAD’s first monograph signed by founder Ma Yansong

Dezeen has teamed up with MAD Architects to give away five signed copies of a book overviewing the firm’s past, present and future work. The MAD Works book features 300 photographs, drawings and 3D renderings illustrating MAD’s extensive portfolio of museums, theatres and residential buildings across the world. The 214-page book is divided into five

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MAD’s Fake Hills housing features topography-inspired roofline and massive hollows

MAD has completed the first phase of its Fake Hills development – an apartment complex in Beihai, China, with an undulating roofline that accommodates tennis courts and swimming pools. The topography-inspired housing block runs along the back of the 800-metre-long ocean-side plot, and will later be joined by a cluster of smaller blocks and a tower with wavy edges. Beijing-based

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MAD unveils competing Lucas Museum designs for San Francisco and Los Angeles

After abandoning plans in Chicago, Beijing studio MAD has now revealed two new designs for its George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – one for San Francisco, and a different one for Los Angeles. Star Wars creator George Lucas was forced to give up plans to build his film museum on the Chicago lakefront after fierce opposition from locals, so is now

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OMA, MAD and Studio Gang compete for Tour Montparnasse redesign

OMA, MAD and Studio Gang are among seven teams vying to overhaul Paris’ Tour Montparnasse – a 209-metre tower that caused such uproar on completion that it sparked a 42-year skyscraper ban in the city. French practices Dominique Perrault Architecture and Architecture Studio, and UK firm PLP Architecture are also included in the shortlist for the competition, which will see

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MAD reveals plans for translucent China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing

Chinese studio MAD has released visuals for its new concert hall in Beijing, which will be draped in a translucent fluted facade. MAD’s China Philharmonic Hall will be located on an 11,600-square-metre site beside the Workers Stadium in Beijing’s central business district. It will provide the first permanent residence for the China Philharmonic Orchestra. The 26,587-square-metre classical music venue will contain a main

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MAD transforms Japanese house into curvaceous kindergarten with a slide along one wall

Chinese studio MAD has draped a “skin” of white asphalt shingles over the wooden structure of an old house in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture to create a kindergarten with a curving roofline (+ slideshow). MAD completely overhauled the home of siblings Kentaro and Tamaki Nara to create Clover House Kindergarten – the Beijing studio’s first project in Japan. The Naras were previously running More

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MAD designs “building with skin and bones” for Chinese fashion brand

Construction has started on a human-body-inspired headquarters for Chinese fashion group Xinhee, designed by architecture studio MAD (+ slideshow). Beijing-based based MAD has designed a building with a clearly distinguishable internal skeleton and external skin. It will house the offices of Xinhee and its six subsidiary brands in the coastal Chinese city Xiamen. MAD founder Ma Yansong said he wants the More

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George Lucas abandons Chicago museum proposal in favour of California

Filmmaker George Lucas has confirmed that he is pulling his MAD-designed museum from Chicago and plans to move the proposal to America’s West Coast. The Star Wars creator announced last week that he is ending his bid to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on a lakefront car park in the Illinois city, after an More

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MAD unveils Parisian housing block with curvy floors and balconies

Beijing studio MAD has revealed plans for a Parisian housing block surrounded by undulating balconies, which is set to become the firm’s first residential project in Europe (+ slideshow). Called UNIC, the 50-metre-tall block will feature floorplates with undulating edges and glazed walls to give residents views of the Paris skyline. MAD won an international design competition for the More

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MAD’s sinuous Harbin Opera House photographed in the snow by Iwan Baan

These new images by Dutch photographer Iwan Baan offer a look at the MAD-designed Harbin Opera House in China after heavy snowfall (+ slideshow). The huge cultural building features a three-petalled plan that encompasses two concert halls and a large public plaza. Externally, it boasts sinuous curves created from smooth white aluminium panels and glass, while its interior features More

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New location proposed for MAD’s Lucas Museum in Chicago

Chicago’s mayor has suggested moving the proposed location for the controversial museum dedicated to film director George Lucas in order for the project to go ahead. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to save the proposal, after a judge upheld the lengthy legal battle over the plan to build the museum on a lakeside car park, More

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MAD’s sinuous Harbin Opera House completes in north-east China

Beijing studio MAD has completed an opera house in the Chinese city of Harbin, featuring an undulating form that wraps two concert halls and a huge public plaza (+ slideshow). The Harbin Opera House is the first and largest building that MAD has designed as part of Harbin Cultural Island, a major new arts complex among More

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Chicago approves MAD’s George Lucas Museum plans

Chicago City Council members have voted in favour of MAD Architects’ controversial design for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the shore of Lake Michigan. MAD’s proposal for the museum, which will host the private art and memorabilia collection of film director George Lucas, is expected to cost $400 million (£260 million) and […]

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MAD Architects unveils slimmed-down design for Lucas Museum in Chicago

The team led by MAD Architects has presented revised designs for the proposed George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along Chicago’s lakefront (+ slideshow). The controversial project’s square footage has been reduced by 25 percent to 300,000-square-feet (91,440 square metres) and its footprint has been cut by 40 percent. The project has faced lawsuits and […]

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MAD proposes conceptual “vertical village” for LA as alternative to sprawl

Chinese firm MAD Architects has proposed a futuristic housing scheme for LA that features sculptural towers wrapped in gardens and connected by sky bridges. Called Cloud Corridor, the conceptual design calls for nine residential towers that would rise from a single podium. The development would be located on a 9,000-square-meter site along Museum Row – an area […]

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Imaginative housing solutions for LA presented in new exhibition at A+D Museum

MAD Architects, Michael Maltzan and wHY Architecture are among the studios whose work is showcased in a new exhibition about domestic architecture in Los Angeles (+ slideshow). Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles opens 20 August at the city’s A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum. It is the first show to be staged within the […]

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MAD designs hilltop village for Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills

Chinese architecture office MAD has unveiled designs for a residential project resembling a hilltop village for Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. Consisting of 18 white dwellings clustered above foliage-clad shops, the 8600 Wilshire scheme will introduce “a new model for West Coast vernacular” to the low-rise sprawl of Wilshire Boulevard. “In high-density cities, Modernist and Post-Modernist housing […]

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MAD to drape new skin over a house “like a piece of cloth” to transform it into a nursery

Chinese studio MAD has unveiled its design for a kindergarten enshrouded beneath a cloak of asphalt shingles, which is now under construction in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. Clover House will be the first completed project in Japan by MAD – the Beijing studio led by architect Ma Yansong – and involves transforming an existing structure by adding a more organically […]

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MAD wins approval for first European project after four years of negotiations

News: Ma Yansong’s Beijing studio MAD has been granted permission to drastically remodel a 1970s block in Rome, to create a residential complex featuring tree-covered terraces and translucent metallic walls. It will be the first built project in Europe by the Chinese firm, whose projects include the horseshoe-shaped Sheraton Huzhou hotel in China and the curvaceous Absolute Towers […]
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Frank Gehry defends MAD’s Lucas Museum for Chicago as judge suspends work

News: Frank Gehry has written an open letter defending the design for the George Lucas Museum by Chinese architecture firm MAD, as a legal wrangle threatens to delay the project. A federal court judge has suspended work on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art after a local parks protection group launched proceedings against the city […]

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MAD and Studio Gang reveal concept design for George Lucas’ Chicago art museum

News: Beijing firm MAD and Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects have unveiled the initial design for an art museum on Chicago’s lakefront, which will house the collection of American film director George Lucas. The two firms were selected by Star Wars creator George Lucas in July to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) and […]

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