after topping out in mid-2015, beijing’s ‘chaoyang park plaza’ — the ambitious mixed-use development by MAD architects — is now nearing completion. the scheme, which reaches a total height of 120 meters, is located at the heart of the chinese capital’s central business district and contains over 120,000 square meters of commercial, office, and residential buildings. the centerpiece of the design is a pair of asymmetrical towers, which references china’s tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes.

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
all images by khoo guo jie | studio periphery

 

 

with the project nearing completion, photographer khoo guo jie of studio periphery visited the site to document the MAD-designed complex in its final stages. the images illustrate the structures’ characteristic ridges and valleys, which have been designed to give the impression of being affected by erosion or other forces of nature. these protruding strips not only emphasize the buildings’ verticality, but also accommodate a sophisticated ventilation and filtration system that draws air inside.

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
the tallest tower reaches a total height of 120 meters

 

 

the project’s proximity to chaoyang park, one of the region’s largest public spaces, will not only create sweeping views across the city, but will also have a large impact on beijing’s skyline. at the top, multi-level terraces feature public gardens where visitors can overlook both the city and the valley scene created by the site’s lower buildings. to the south of the towers, four smaller office buildings have been arranged to form part of the holistic development. two multi-level residential buildings complete the site.

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
the project is located at the heart of the chinese capital’s central business district

 

 

‘this project transforms the traditional model of buildings in a modern city’s central business district,’ explains MAD architects. ‘by exploring the symbiotic relationship between modern urban architecture and natural environment, it revives the harmonious co-existence between urban life and nature. it creates a shanshui city where people can share their individual emotions and a sense of belonging.’

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
the development contains over 120,000 square meters of commercial, office, and residential buildings

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
the centerpiece of the design is a pair of asymmetrical towers

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
the scheme references china’s tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
the complex also incorporates two multi-level residential buildings 

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
residences includes curving terraces and balconies

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
four smaller office buildings have been arranged to form part of the holistic development

MAD architects chaoyang park plaza
after topping out in mid-2015, the development is now nearing completion

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