Sinosteel int. Plaza by MAD Architects, Tianjin (China)
MAD Architects | Sinosteel int. Plaza
The Tianjin CBD development illuminated a shift in national economic resources from Beijing to Tianjin, and the creation of a future urban megopolis in northern China. What type of architecture would demonstrate these ambitions without sacrificing its ties to the locality?
Sinosteel int. Plaza by MAD Architects, Tianjin (China); interior
The design concept combines geometry, structure and cultural symbolism as a repetitive motif: a hexagonal façade, multiplying and evolving across the building. This façade is made up of five standardize units of hexagonal windows; it signifies the heritage value in Chinese architecture. These windows flow across the building in a naturally evolving pattern, as if organic cells multiplying. This design detail animates the façade, creating an ever-changing image of the building from each different perspective. The façade is also the backbone of the building structure, exoskeleton, and sheer solid surface. This removes the necessity for internal columns beyond the building’s core, freeing up space within the structure for a much more flexible use.
From a very simple concept, yet deeply rooted in ancient Chinese architecture, a subtle and sensitive building arises. Sinosteel International Plaza will establish a different urban landscape and soften the hard edge of the concrete jungle we live in, our modern city.
Sinosteel int. Plaza by MAD Architects, Tianjin (China); detail
MAD works in forward-looking environments developing futuristic architecture based on a contemporary interpretation of the eastern spirit of nature. All of MAD’s projects – from residential complexes or offices to cultural centres – desire to protect a sense of community and orientation toward nature, offering people the freedom to develop their own experience. Founded in 2004 by Ma Yansong, the office first earned worldwide attention in 2006 by winning an international competition to design a residential tower near Toronto, expected to be completed in the end of 2012. MAD has been commissioned by clients of all backgrounds, leading to an intriguing combination of diverse project designs.