Zendai Hi­malayas Cen­ter Nan­jing, China

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Zendai Hi­malayas Cen­ter Nan­jing, China

De­sign: MAD Ar­chi­tects – Ma Yan­song, Dang Qun, Yo­suke Hayano

De­sign team: Kin Li, Zhao Wei, An­drea D’An­trassi, Liu Huiy­ing, Fu Xiaoyi, Wu Kaicong, Tif­fany Dahlen, Achille Tor­tini, Zhu Jinglu, Zhang Lu, Wang Tao, Vic­tor ShangJen Tung, Seow Kek Leong, Mat­teo Vergano, Wang Deyuan, Wing Lung Peng, Kang Mu-Jung, Lucy Dawei Peng, Ben­jamin Scott Le­p­ley, Wil­liam Lewis

Client: Jiangsu Zendai Com­mer­cial Cul­ture Development Co.

Engi­neer­ing: CCDI Group; Nan­jing King­dom Ar­chi­tec­ture De­sign Co.

Light­ing de­sign: LEOX De­sign Part­ner­ship Ho­tel in­te­rior de­sign: Steve Le­ung De­sign­ers Land­scape de­sign: Earth Asia De­sign Group (EADG) Com­mer­cial con­sul­tant: Boyi Ar­chi­tec­ture De­sign Stu­dio Fa­cade con­sul­tant: Kon­struct West Part­ners

Trans­port con­sul­tant: Sin­clair Knight Merz (Shang­hai) Co.

BIM: CCDI Group

Site area: 93,595 m2

Built area: 383,307 m2 (above ground); 181,562 m2 (below ground) Height: 120 m Con­struc­tion: 2012-on­go­ing

This spread: the Nan­jing Zendai Hi­malayas Cen­ter is a city-scale ur­ban project, where MAD Ar­chi­tects strives to achieve a fully re­alised “Shan­shui City” — a cen­tral con­cept in MAD’s de­signs that seeks a spir­i­tual har­mony be­tween na­ture and hu­man­ity adapted to the mod­ern ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment. The site is com­posed of six lots, two of which are linked by a plaza. The cen­tre of the site will be oc­cu­pied by a vil­lage-like com­mu­nity of low build­ings, con­nected by foot­bridges and nes­tled into the land­scape. The sim­plic­ity of the de­sign con­cept is fur­ther cap­tured through the use of “clean” con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, such as con­crete

MAD Ar­chi­tects is a global ar­chi­tec­ture firm founded by Chi­nese ar­chi­tect Ma Yan­song in 2004. MAD’s cul­tural projects include the China Phil­har­monic Con­cert Hall (in de­sign development stage), Or­dos Mu­seum (2011) and China Wood Sculp­ture Mu­seum (2011). The stu­dio is cur­rently led by Ma Yan­song, Dang Qun and Yo­suke Hayano. MAD has of­fices in Bei­jing, Los An­ge­les, New York City and Rome. www.i-mad.com

All project ma­te­ri­als © MAD Ar­chi­tects

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