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Chaoyang Park Plaza adds some nature to inner-city Beijing

Chaoyang Park Plaza adds some ...
Chaoyang Park Plaza, by MAD Architects (Image: MAD)
Chaoyang Park Plaza, by MAD Architects (Image: MAD)
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Chinese architectural firm MAD has started work on an ambitious new project that aims to add some nature-themed architecture to inner-city Beijing (Image: MAD)
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Chinese architectural firm MAD has started work on an ambitious new project that aims to add some nature-themed architecture to inner-city Beijing (Image: MAD)
Chaoyang Park Plaza is due for completion in 2016 (Image: MAD)
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Chaoyang Park Plaza is due for completion in 2016 (Image: MAD)
MAD is pursuing LEED Gold-certification for the complex (Image: MAD)
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MAD is pursuing LEED Gold-certification for the complex (Image: MAD)
The entire plot measures roughly 3 hectares (7.6 acres) (Image: MAD)
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The entire plot measures roughly 3 hectares (7.6 acres) (Image: MAD)
An early model of the plaza (Image: MAD)
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An early model of the plaza (Image: MAD)
Chaoyang Park Plaza is to be located next to one of Beijing's largest public parks (Image: MAD)
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Chaoyang Park Plaza is to be located next to one of Beijing's largest public parks (Image: MAD)
The design of the plaza is inspired by traditional Chinese landscape paintings (Image: MAD)
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The design of the plaza is inspired by traditional Chinese landscape paintings (Image: MAD)
MAD states a desire to bring something of the experience of being in a forest into Beijing (Image: MAD)
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MAD states a desire to bring something of the experience of being in a forest into Beijing (Image: MAD)
Chaoyang Park Plaza, by MAD Architects (Image: MAD)
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Chaoyang Park Plaza, by MAD Architects (Image: MAD)
The area is dominated by a large pair of asymmetrical towers which rise to 120 m (393 ft) in heigh (Image: MAD)
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The area is dominated by a large pair of asymmetrical towers which rise to 120 m (393 ft) in heigh (Image: MAD)
Architectural plan of the project (Image: MAD)
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Architectural plan of the project (Image: MAD)
Sustainable technology name-checked by MAD includes natural lighting, an innovative air purification system, and a passive ventilation system (Image: MAD)
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Sustainable technology name-checked by MAD includes natural lighting, an innovative air purification system, and a passive ventilation system (Image: MAD)
Finer details are still lacking at this stage, but the renders depict a green and futuristic complex (Image: MAD)
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Finer details are still lacking at this stage, but the renders depict a green and futuristic complex (Image: MAD)
The renders depict a green and futuristic complex (Image: MAD)
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The renders depict a green and futuristic complex (Image: MAD)
Chinese architectural firm MAD has started work on an ambitious new project that aims to add some nature-themed architecture to inner-city Beijing (Image: MAD)
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Chinese architectural firm MAD has started work on an ambitious new project that aims to add some nature-themed architecture to inner-city Beijing (Image: MAD)
Chaoyang Park Plaza is due for completion in 2016 (Image: MAD)
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Chaoyang Park Plaza is due for completion in 2016 (Image: MAD)
The entire plot measures roughly 3 hectares (7.6 acres) (Image: MAD)
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The entire plot measures roughly 3 hectares (7.6 acres) (Image: MAD)
Architectural drawing (Image: MAD)
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Architectural drawing (Image: MAD)
Early concept model (Image: MAD)
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Early concept model (Image: MAD)
Architectural drawing (Image: MAD)
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Architectural drawing (Image: MAD)
Architectural drawing (Image: MAD)
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Architectural drawing (Image: MAD)
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Chinese architectural firm MAD has started work on an ambitious new project that aims to add some nature to inner-city Beijing. The Chaoyang Park Plaza comprises commercial, office, and residential buildings – all of which feature a degree of sustainable technology – and MAD hopes to achieve LEED Gold-certification once the project is completed in 2016.

Chaoyang Park Plaza is being built next to one of Beijing's largest public parks, and the plot measures roughly 3 hectares (7.6 acres). MAD drew upon traditional Chinese landscape paintings for inspiration, and the project is dominated by a large pair of asymmetrical towers which rise to 120 m (393 ft) in height and are intended to invoke rugged mountains. These are surrounded by four office buildings which resemble river stones, and there are also two large residential buildings elsewhere in the grounds.

Chaoyang Park Plaza is due for completion in 2016 (Image: MAD)
Chaoyang Park Plaza is due for completion in 2016 (Image: MAD)

Sustainable technology name-checked by MAD includes natural lighting, an innovative air purification system, and a passive ventilation system that appears to be integrated into the facade of the buildings.

Alas, finer details are still lacking at this early stage, but the renders depict a green and futuristic complex, and the firm states a strong desire to bring the experience of being in a forest into Beijing – no mean feat in a sprawling city blighted by much-publicized air pollution issues.

Source: MAD via Arch Daily

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