chaoyang park plaza by MAD architects breaks ground in beijing
all images courtesy of MAD architects
located within beijing’s central business district, construction is underway at ‘chaoyang park plaza’ two years after initial plans were floated for the site. designed by ma yansong of MAD architects, the project explores the relationship between architecture and its natural environment, creating a strong dialogue between the man-made structure and its immediate context.
strategically positioned on the southern edge of chaoyang park – one of the chinese city’s largest green spaces – the vast scheme comprises over 120,000 square meters of commercial, office and residential buildings. the design reinterprets elements of classical chinese painting, transforming natural vistas into modern city landscapes.
rising as two tall mountains, a duo of asymmetrical towers establish a distinctive skyline
rising as tall mountains, a duo of asymmetrical towers establishes a distinctive skyline soaring above the park. incorporated within the façade, ridges and valleys characterize the structure, giving the impression of being affected by erosion or other forces of nature. these protruding strips not only emphasize the buildings’ verticality, but also feature a sophisticated ventilation and filtration system that draws air inside.
the spatial organization provides occupants with the feeling of moving through a mountain forest
a 17 meter-tall courtyard lobby connects the paired towers, envisioned as a valley. flowing water moves through the volume, while at the summit, public gardens offer a different perspective of the lower plain created by the shorter buildings on the site. four smaller stone-shaped offices are arranged below, with two further residential structures in the southwest area of the plot. the spatial organization provides occupants with the feeling of moving through a mountain forest.
ridges and valleys characterize the structure, emphasizing the tower’s verticality
from an environmental standpoint, the use of natural light, intelligent design and air purification systems meant that the project has been awarded the ‘leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) gold certificate’ by the U.S. green building council.
through exploring the relationship between architecture and its environment, the scheme reconsiders how the urban landscape of the 21st century can cater for its inhabitants, offering a distinct sense of place and belonging.
see designboom‘s previous coverage of the ‘chaoyang park plaza’ here.
the two structures soar above the 120,000 square meter site
the plan also features more intimate spaces set within specific areas of the design
a 17 meter-tall courtyard lobby connects the paired towers, envisioned as a mountain valley
public gardens offer a different perspective of the valley created by the lower buildings on the site
a view across the park towards the ‘chaoyang park plaza’
location: beijing, china
type: office, commercial, residential
site area: 30,763 sqm
building area: above ground 128,177 sqm, below ground 94,832 sqm
building height: 120 m
directors in charge: ma yansong, dang qun, yosuke hayano
core design team: zhao wei, kin li, liu huiying, lin guomin, bennet hu po-kang, julian sattler, nathan kiatkulpiboone, li guangchong, fu changrui, yang jie, zhu jinglu, younjin park, gustaaf alfred van staveren
client: junhao real estate beijing jingfa properties co., limited.
construction engineers: china construction design international group co., ltd
façade design & optimize consultant: RFR
landscape design consultant: greentown akin
lighting design consultant: GD lighting design co., ltd