MAD architects: conrad hotel beijing nearing completion
MAD architects: conrad hotel beijing nearing completion MAD architects: conrad hotel beijing nearing completion
nov 16, 2011

MAD architects: conrad hotel beijing nearing completion

‘conrad hotel’ by MAD architects, beijing, china all images courtesy of MAD

construction for the the ‘conrad hotel’ by beijing-based architecture practice MAD architects is nearing completion. scheduled to open in 2012, the venue will contain 300 guest rooms, recreational facilities, restaurants, a rooftop bar and spa to break away from the bustling streets. although the complex is within close proximity to the lively pedestrian shopping boulevard, wangfujing street, the immediate surroundings of the central business district are a conglomeration of mundane office buildings whose exteriors are lined with a grid of curtain wall windows.

to contrast the established urban fabric, the facade of the hotel intends to revitalize the area and break away from the monotonous rhythm by warping the orthogonal lines. similar to nervous tissue, the organic envelope changes in thickness as it is stretched and wrapped around corners. the mass of the structure begins to gradually slope towards the entrance, generating a welcoming atmosphere by inviting visitors inward while similarly revitalizing the city’s energy.

rendering at night

(left) under construction (right) installation of facade images © designboom

curtain wall installation

(left) rendering of facade (right) installation of facade

ma yansong speaking about the project in his studio image © designboom

elevation diagram

project info:

location: beijing, china typology: hotel site area: 7,779 sqm building area: 56,994 sqm building height: 106 m

  • As the site pic shows, all the ‘organic’ look is superficial. Under the skirt its pretty ordinary. Sorry Ma, I expected more.

    archibernd says:
  • A contrary view: I like. It has a hint of sensuality to it and think it will offer something quite different to the area in which it is being constructed. The non-right angle windows make for an interesting building to observe d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • kinda good, looks like my shopping basket

    silicon m says:
  • Visually very attractive, conspicuously beautiful.

    Chris Miller says:
  • think about sustainability more!

    SPSN says:

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