Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center by MAD | ITSLIQUID

Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center by MAD

Architecture | February 13, 2017 |

2puznggwryk0dupso4opagImage courtesy of MAD

Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center by MAD
 
 

The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is a city-scale urban project, with an overall building area of approximately 560,000 sqm. Working at this scale, MAD strives to capture a fully realized “Shanshui City”— a concept at the center of MAD’s designs that adapts the traditional Chinese Shanshui ethos of spiritual harmony between nature and humanity to the modern urbanenvironment.  Built over 2600 years ago, Nanjing is an iconic city with equally rich traditional heritage and high modernization. With these two motifs in mind, MAD strives to achieve a balance of the city’s historic past and its high-tech future. The design of the Zendai Himalayas Center maintains and develops the philosophy of cooperation between humanity and nature, albeit in a modern setting. The carefully planned project seeks to restore harmony between humans and the environment by creating integrated, contemplative spaces that still meet the material needs of modern life.

 

mad_2Image courtesy of MAD

 

The site is composed of six lots, two of which are linked by a vertical city plaza. Curving, ascending corridors and paths weave through the undulating commercial complexes, bringing people from the busy ground level to the vertical park for opportunities to wander among the buildings and gardens. At the center of the site is a village-like community of low buildings, connected by footbridges and nestled into the landscape. This scene of footbridges, artificial hills and flowing water together creates a poetic moment at the heart of the project. The simplicity of the design concept is further captured through the use of clean construction materials, such as concrete.

 

mad-architects-nanjing-zendai-himalayas-centerImage courtesy of MAD

 

On the edge of the site, the mountain-like towers are characterized by vertical sun shading and pervious glass screens that “flow” like waterfalls. These features provide interior spaces with energizing light and wind to form a subtle, calming ambience. The project mimics the site’s surrounding mountains and meandering rivers that are essential parts of Chinese aesthetic philosophy. Towers along the edge of the site act as a mountainous backdrop, while water features such as ponds, waterfalls, brooks, and pools connect buildings and landscapes to integrate all of the Center’s elements. This integration goes beyond form, with the water features functioning as reservoirs to collect and recycle rainwater for irrigation. The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center project is currently under construction, and is estimated to be completed in 2017.

 

more. www.i-mad.com

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


GIO PONTI. Loving architecture

Design | July 14, 2020

Architect, designer, art director, writer, poet and critic, Gio Ponti was an allround artist who traversed much of the 20th century, profoundly influencing the taste of his time, responding to its most significant demands and anticipating many of the themes of contemporary architecture. 40 years on from his passing, MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, is devoting a major retrospective to this exceptional figure. The exhibition examines and presents his multi-faceted career, starting with an account of his architecture, a unique and original synthesis of tradition and modernity, history and progress, elite culture and quotidian existence. Read more


Digital China International Innovation Center…

Architecture | July 12, 2020

Companies that work in the field of digital innovation - Apple, Google, Microsoft and many others - all have chosen to seclude themselves from the world in their fenced and inaccessible company campuses out of town. Read more


Sieger by FÜRSTENBERG

Design | July 11, 2020

After and alongside successful projects for partners of their agency, in 2005, Christian and Michael Sieger decided to launch their own premium brand SIEGER, which includes the SIEGER by FÜRSTENBERG porcelain collections. Then as now, they were driven by a desire to create icons and modern classics for tableware and home decor and to enrich people’s lives with beautiful and yet highly functional porcelain. In the Porzellanmanufaktur FÜRSTENBERG studios, SIEGER designs are transformed by hand into products of exceptional quality. Every single tumbler, plate and accessory is one of a kind. Individually crafting these unique objects involves many different stages – requiring up to 100 hands and six weeks of work. Read more


INTERVIEW: MOON CHANG

Interviews | July 1, 2020

Moon Chang is the New York based womenswear designer brand. She was originally from Seoul in South Korea who describes herself as a ‘massive minimalist’ meaning she has a dual aesthetic perspective. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!