Chaoyang Park Plaza

As a recent realization of the concept ‘Shanshui City’, Chaoyang Park Plaza has begun construction. It marks as a milestone in one of the practices of MAD’s design theory. This project pushes the boundary of the urbanization process in modern cosmopolitan life by creating a dialogue between artificial scenery and natural landscapes.

Chaoyang Park Plaza is located in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing and is composed of over 120,000 square meters of commercial, office, and residential buildings. The site is on the Southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the largest public parks in Beijing. Its proximity to the park will not only create breathtaking views of the city, but will also impact the skyline of Beijing.

By transforming features of Chinese classical landscape painting, such as lakes, springs, forests, creeks, valleys and stones, into modern ‘city landscapes’, the urban space creates a balance between high urban density and natural landscape. The forms of buildings echo what is found in natural landscapes and re-introduce nature to the urban realm.

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Courtesy of MAD Architects

Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of China, a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park. Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines. Flowing down the facade, the lines emphasize the smoothness of the towers and its verticality. The internal ventilation and filtration systems draw a natural breeze indoors which not only improves the interior space, but also creates an energy efficient system.

Landscape elements are injected into the interiors of the towers to augment the feeling of nature within an urban framework. The two towers are connected by a tall courtyard lobby with a ceiling of height up to 17 meters. The site and sounds of flowing water make the entire lobby feel like a natural scene from a mountain valley. At the top of the towers, multi-level terraces shaped by the curving forms of the towers, are public gardens where people can gaze out over the entire city and look down at the valley scenes that are created by the lower buildings on the site.

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Courtesy of MAD Architects

Located to the South of the towers, four office buildings are shaped like river stones that have been eroded over a long period. Smooth and round, they are delicately arranged to allow each other space while also forming an organic whole. Adjacent to the office buildings are two multi-level residential buildings in the Southwest area of the compound. These buildings continue the ‘mid-air courtyard’ concept and provide all who lives there with the freedom of wandering through a mountain forest.

The project was awarded the ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)’ Gold certificate by the U.S. Green Building Council. Its use of natural lighting, intelligent building and air purification system make this project stand out from others being built today. The idea of ‘nature’ is not only embodied in the innovation of green technology, but also in the planning concept.

Courtesy of MAD Architects

Courtesy of MAD Architects

This project transforms the traditional model of buildings in a modern city’s central business district. 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.

Project Information :

Architect : MAD Architects
Location : Chao Yang Gong Yuan Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Project Year : Expected to be 2016
Total Area : 128,177 square meters
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

Construction Engineer : China Construction Design International Group Co., Ltd

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