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MAD nears completion on lush "village" in inner-city China

MAD nears completion on lush "...
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2020
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2020
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The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2020
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The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2020
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is a very large project and contains a mixture of hotel, office, commercial, and residential buildings
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The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is a very large project and contains a mixture of hotel, office, commercial, and residential buildings
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center includes a series of low-rise buildings connected by a network of pedestrian bridges and footpaths
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The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center includes a series of low-rise buildings connected by a network of pedestrian bridges and footpaths
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center's pedestrian bridges and footpaths wind through the landscaping that includes waterfalls, ponds, and pools, as well as trees and other greenery
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The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center's pedestrian bridges and footpaths wind through the landscaping that includes waterfalls, ponds, and pools, as well as trees and other greenery
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently ongoing and is expected to be completed in 2020
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The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently ongoing and is expected to be completed in 2020
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center's buildings have a combined floorspace of around 560,000 sq m (roughly 6 million sq ft)
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The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center's buildings have a combined floorspace of around 560,000 sq m (roughly 6 million sq ft)
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center has towers along its edge that are meant to bring waterfalls to mind 
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The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center has towers along its edge that are meant to bring waterfalls to mind 
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MAD Architects has developed a unique style in recent years, with projects like the Chaoyang Park Plaza and Gardenhouse reflecting a desire to mix architecture with nature. The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is in the same vein and aims to bring something of the spirit of a mountainous village to inner-city China.

Located in the same city as Zaha Hadid's International Youth Cultural Centre, the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently ongoing and is expected to be completed in 2020. We'll no doubt have a lot more detail on it then.

It's a large project and contains a mixture of hotel, office, commercial, and residential buildings, all of which have a combined floorspace of around 560,000 sq m (roughly 6 million sq ft).

Along the edge of the site, mountain-like towers sport white louvers that shade the buildings from the sun and are meant to resemble waterfalls. The images also show some kind of small greenery-covered building that MAD makes no mention of, plus several mid-rise buildings.

The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center's pedestrian bridges and footpaths wind through the landscaping that includes waterfalls, ponds, and pools, as well as trees and other greenery
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center's pedestrian bridges and footpaths wind through the landscaping that includes waterfalls, ponds, and pools, as well as trees and other greenery

The center of the development is taken up by a series of low-rise buildings connected by pedestrian bridges and footpaths. These meander through the extensive landscaping, which will include waterfalls, ponds, pools, trees and other greenery once complete. It certainly looks like a pleasant place to spend a lunchtime or a break between meetings.

"The scheme seeks to restore the spiritual harmony between humanity and nature through the integration of contemplative spaces that, while immersing inhabitants in nature, still meets the conveniences of modern day living," says the firm. "MAD's design unfolds onto the city like a village-like community. Activated by public gardens and social spaces, they create a spiritual and poetic retreat in the middle of the city."

Source: MAD

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2 comments
owlbeyou
Looks like the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is suffering the Zaha Hadid Curse. No amount of greenery can save it. In a few years people will be asking: What were they thinking? It's butt ugly.
YuraG
Right, owlbeyou, compared to those squarish high-rises around it, this project is an eyesore in the making or it isn’t?