Between science fiction and James Bond
Congress Centre by MAD at the Yabuli Ski Resort
Panels of white aluminum cover an enormous roof which evokes associations with a tent or a large seashell: MAD Architects have designed an architecturally top-class congress centre in the northern Chinese ski resort of Yabuli. The China Entrepreneurs Forum wants to establish the new structure, which measures 163 000 m², as a meeting point for the business elite. The two levels are home to a library, a museum and 20 different lecture halls, conference rooms and multipurpose spaces. The largest area, known as the Taikang Hall, can hold 1000 people. Ma Yansong of MAD Architects has chosen an architectural language that would be equally fitting as a setting for either science-fiction or James Bond films. This two-minute video demonstrates the idea behind the design.
Ma Yansong is the Principle Architect and Founder of MAD Architects. Through his work, Ma is committed to creating a vision for future city that is inspired by the spiritual and emotional needs of its residents. Over the past 16 years, Ma has gained worldwide attention in the architecture field for his international practices with cultural consciousness. Signature projects include: Absolute Towers, Harbin Opera House, Hutong Bubbles, Chaoyang Park Plaza, Quzhou Sports Park, and Yiwu Grand Theater. In 2014, Ma was selected as the principal designer for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which made him the first Chinese architect to design an overseas culture landmark.
Parallel to his design practice, he also explores the cultural values of cities and architecture through domestic and international solo exhibitions, publications, and art works. Recent exhibitions include: “Mad X”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2019); “Tunnel of Light”, Echigo Tsumari Art Field Triennial, Japan (2018). Ma’s works are part of numerous public collections, such as M+ Museum, Hong Kong and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Ma holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University. He has been an adjunct professor at Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Tsinghua University, and the University of Southern California.
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Architecture: MAD, China Architecture Design & Research Group
Drone footage: Vview Chen
Camera: Kevin Sun, Time Geek, Blue, William Yao, Vview Chen, Blackstation
Photo: CreatAR Images