MAD architects: urban forest
MAD architects: urban forest
nov 30, 2009

MAD architects: urban forest

urban forest, chongqing, china all images courtesy of MAD architects

MAD architects has sent us images of a new project, urban forest, located in chongqing, china. drawing on the mountainous landscape of the country, the commercial high-rise building, is made up of curved, abstracted shaped floors which have been layered slightly off-center from one another. connected by a core cylindrical structure, each level’s interior is protected by full length glass windows with a see-through, wrap around balcony. this provides transparency throughout the building, and makes the floors almost seem as if they are floating on top of one another. the overall design brings together nature and the urban metropolis, with the incorporation of green space and large expansive views of the city.

MAD architects: urban forest urban forest, concept and night view

MAD architects: urban forest at night

MAD architects: urban forest detail

MAD architects: urban forest amongst the city skyline

MAD architects: urban forest

  • …ma in caso di sisma?….

    mastroianni architetto sergio says:
  • Has this actually been constructed?

    Rebecca says:
  • no, but the renders are really nice

    andrea says:
  • this kind of worthless garbage makes even frank gehry look good by comparison.

    ray jay says:
  • the question would be: WILL this actually be constructed?
    it seems fragile, would it resist earthquakes?

    iomonk says:
  • the questions is: is this really necessary? or
    Does this kind of project propose something new to think o make a reflection in architectural terms?

    p filmus says:
  • its just a stack of pizza wet pizza boxes.

    Fulvio Stefaninni says:
  • Last time I checked, China was an earthquake prone region….

    Ali Manço says:
  • Every story is 4m high. A tree is ten, plus its rootsystem.

    des says:
  • Nice, poetic pictures. But naïf.

    oliver says:
  • you all have your heads in the sand. were mad for it.

    moderndesign2120 says:
  • Reminds me of the Jetsons…not sure if thats good or bad

    dom says:
  • whoever thinks that an outdoor space at 600 feet high is atractive has never been that high
    …yeahh that would be so cool!… blablabullshit

    amigdal says:
  • it’s a fantasy, a visualisation of possibilities, a departure from the norm, stacks of living space.

    It’s well rendered an maybe in the future trees can be grown with neat hydro roots?

    Relax it’s just an idea…..

    issyvivi says:
  • Cant understand why, for all of you, all those “real” skyscrapers around look better or safer than MAD’s proposal
    For me its as insane, phalic, unsafe, etc, as all its neighboors… yet, less boring…

    Ricardo Antonio says:
  • there will be many static engeneering problems, but the idea is pretty cute

    kai says:
  • This looks like a well rendered project of someone who just learned the basics of Rhino…Although I’m excited about the prospect of vertical landscaping this project goes no further than digital masterbation. There is little or no structure to the building, no mechanical spaces, and the floor thickness would not support such plant life. I would be much more interested in a project that attempts to take a closer look at those systems integration as opposed to photoshopping trees in and calling it a forest.

    -drs says:
  • can’t remember going to any ‘ray jay’ buildings lately … nope, don’t think I did …then again i may have, just can’t remember it.
    i remember the last gehry one though

    peter Mclisky says:
  • Something similar aesthetically, though not as extreme has been built in Chicago. Look up “Aqua” by Studio Gang Architects.

    still flyin' says:
  • all architectures in rendering are prefect, visually.

    edmund says:
  • Don’t be that bullheaded. Maybe there are some technical things which are not thought out to the last detail, so what. Open your mind, Trees could be bushes in reality, the balustrade of the balconies could be ceiling-high, and so on.
    This is definetly not a fast sketch, everyone who made renderings in this quality knows what I am talking about.
    In the end it is a phantastic sketch, a great phantasie and a I am shure buildable, with a little help of people who likes to get visions going. But this, but that, but here, but there – just stupid trashtalking coming in most cases from pampered people can’t hold a pencil the right way.

    max says:
  • looks like the MVRDV project from a while ago in Seoul, but uglier

    tjeenk says:
  • look!! another well example of a render wich shows another well example of innplausible architecture

    debasteitor says:
  • wat if structural system is worked out properly….n its safe inuf as others….

    psyKd says:
  • ridiculous. this guy is lost.

    franco says:

    Check out,

    YASSAI7 says:
  • wow!!! aweasome

    *ibaatam says:
  • send this project to engineer consultants, they can make it work. Anyway, idea is cool

    WEE says:
  • This is China, they’re no strangers to ridiculous/outlandish/shouldn’t-really-be-built architectural projects. Don’t be too surprised if it happens.

    Although yeah, Chongqing isn’t too far from the epicentre of the Sichuan earthquake that hit in 2008 (close enough for the city to shake pretty violently) and this doesn’t look all that earthquake proof…

    Asobi says:

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