Archinect - News 2017-07-22T07:03:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150010056/a-mad-gallery-in-beijing-that-doubles-as-a-new-facade-for-the-city A MAD gallery in Beijing that doubles as "a new facade for the city" Julia Ingalls 2017-05-30T19:16:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T19:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yh/yhcrf6zvb5mikrtd.jpg" width="650" height="509" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Galleries often act as stagnant interior display spaces: their primary function is to host works in a relatively unobtrusive way that is artful without being ostentatious. But what about galleries that are designed to serve another purpose, as the freshly completed Roca&rsquo;s Beijing Gallery in Dongzhimen by MAD Architects does?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8e/8eeawyxm1o9e52if.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/og/ogcf2m243h813o7z.jpg"></p><p>Instead of tacking a few fixed pieces onto the walls, the gallery itself has an interior LED-laden wall that projects images both of gallery visitors and the pedestrians outside in a purposeful attempt to create an interface with the surrounding urban environment. Imagine combining the introspective mirror and looped video concepts of someone like Dan Graham with the aesthetic thirst for juxtaposition of a gallery curator: the rotating series of images, which was designed by art critic and curator J&eacute;r&ocirc;me Sans, changes at varying intervals, and can be glimpsed by those passing by outside.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6f/6ffbdj8xpsqubfu4.jpg"></p><p>Sometimes the changes occur in seconds; in others, days go by before the imag...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006113/new-designs-revealed-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art New designs revealed for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Nicholas Korody 2017-05-05T12:54:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T13:07:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b6/b6hd8uzmp3io0g37.jpg" width="650" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/480355/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a> has had a tough time getting going. After shuffling around potential sites in Chicago, and dealing with some litigation, the art collection and archives of superstar director George Lucas finally found a future home in Los Angeles&rsquo; Exposition Park. Now, new designs for the museum by Chinese architect Ma Yansong of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> have been revealed.</p><p>The new designs retain the sinewy look of the old ones, but present a more compact structure. The museum will comprise a four story, 115-foot tall building with 300,000 square feet of floor space. Split into two wings, it will include two theaters as well as archives, offices, classrooms, and a library. The wings will meet on the fourth floor, creating a large exhibition space. The fifth level will also feature exhibition space as well as a restaurant. A massive subterranean garage capable of housing 2,400 vehicles will be capped with 11 acres of parkland.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qq/qq7necvb9yw1ghsi.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pi/pi2lvgcivhgl2tnv.jpg"></p><p>The staggering cost of the project&mdash;an estimated $1 ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004888/rejecting-modernist-master-planning-notions-mad-s-milan-master-plan-repurposes-dilapidated-rail-yards-by-symbiosis Rejecting modernist master planning notions, MAD's Milan master plan repurposes dilapidated rail yards by symbiosis Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T14:02:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T14:02:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uq/uqloz1u3cgshdh9c.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Repurposing and renovation have gained greater appeal in the years since the overwhelming success of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145736562/liz-diller-gets-high-discussing-the-high-line-s-development-with-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The High Line</a>, extending to a variety of applications and structures. At the recent Milan Design Week, MAD took this to a new level by showcasing their proposal for a new masterplan of Milan, which transforms dilapidated rail yards into a series of thriving new city districts, or micro-systems.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pb/pbjne28qxi2qt0ag.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5hykl1i9b5tk7b0w.jpg"></p><p>According to MAD, these spatial districts, termed&nbsp;&ldquo;City of Connections,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Green,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Living,&rdquo; &ldquo;City of Culture,&rdquo; and &ldquo;City of Resources" each address "a vernacular development typical of Italian cities, where various typological elements and scales are overlapped into dense systems of relations. Designing first at the human scale within recognizable landmarks, the broader urban scale is connected to smaller ones through the interjection of topographic landscapes, serving to unify the continually changing relations of the pedestrian, city, and nature. Each of the yards, following t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003817/mad-announces-the-2017-architecture-travel-fellowship-for-students MAD announces the 2017 Architecture Travel Fellowship for students Nicholas Korody 2017-04-19T16:59:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T16:59:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8o/8oox4ccuzvnl0gw8.jpg" width="650" height="1156" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in 2009, Ma Yansong of MAD started a fellowship for young architects. Dubbed the MAD Architecture Travel Fellowship, it sends five international students to China, and five Chinese students out of the country. It's an incredibly simple application process: just submit a letter explaining your interests in architecture alongside a CV and a portfolio to <a href="mailto:travel@i-mad.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">travel@i-mad.com</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Julia Ingalls 2016-10-27T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T03:02:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sc/sclji6q9egyi4pb5.jpg" width="650" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After a <a href="http://Even%20after%20improved%20plan,%20Lucas%20Museum%20still%20mired%20in%20legal%20and%20financial%20problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">long and obstructive political process</a> (and some sad looking pics of Rahm Emanuel) George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art decided to abandon its attempt to build in Chicago and now is looking toward the Golden State: specifically, Treasure Island in San Francisco and Exposition Park in Los Angeles. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ma Yansong</a> of MAD architects has subsequently whipped up some new proposed designs for each locale. First up, Exposition Park:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/um/um2qjteynesjzab1.jpg"></p><p>And Treasure Island:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nc/nchsi4wslc54ypfy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q8/q8tc9zsre17hjwir.jpg"></p><p>For more on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962456/mad-reveals-renderings-of-highly-sustainable-xinhee-design-center MAD reveals renderings of highly sustainable Xinhee Design Center Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:10:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uj/uj0ijtsy0wx65xb0.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pretty much every element of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD's</a> design for the Xinhee Design Center factors in sustainability: water features, full-blown gardens and offices commingle on the six star-shaped floors that sprout from the central atrium, while an envelope of PTFE provides ventilation and shade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/li/li8ax51oyxp1c7ub.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g38q408gcc3hnbcs.jpg"></p><p>Solar panels occupy the roof, while the footbridge in the atrium provides both air circulation and the opportunity for impromptu fashion modeling. The use of natural light throughout the building is aided in part by the facade's translucent coating, which allows light transmittance of up to 40%.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/br/brk8nfi7kvze1f8v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3l69oreajbuyf5ce.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p>However, the concept behind the building is meant to reflect the business of the client, an international fashion group. As MAD founding principal Ma Yansong explains, &ldquo;We envision it as a building with skin-and-bones. The correspondence of clothing and architecture is they both explore the relationship between the interior and the exterior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on MAD:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143531682/photos-of-mad-s-harbin-opera-house-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photos of MAD's Harbin Opera House released</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940487/mad-slips-through-borders-with-salone-del-mobile-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD slips through ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940487/mad-slips-through-borders-with-salone-del-mobile-installation MAD slips through borders with Salone del Mobile installation Julia Ingalls 2016-04-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-12-01T17:08:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5w/5wnmn4vbq29chg1e.jpg" width="650" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935081/us-mexico-border-wall-competition-provokes-controversy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Borders are often controversial</a> and rarely flexible, but Ma Yansong of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a> has playfully reinterpreted them with his installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan. &ldquo;Borders are usually seen as something closed and unapproachable but I think it&rsquo;s interesting to make borders attractive, dynamic and engaging," Yansong said about his 'Invisible Border' installation, which strings strands of EFTE across the&nbsp;Cortile d&rsquo;Onore courtyard.&nbsp;"So we decided to play with the border between the historical loggias and the garden in front of it, and design a transition in-between them.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q9s1ip9apfrqu5pf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kt/ktkns1y9du8vtfro.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eu/eue4e3bzm8w536p4.jpg"></p><p>Part shelter, part fragmented contemplation site for the sky above, the strands emit a whistling sound in the wind, and are designed to provide a surface for illumination at night (with lighting provided by iGuzzini Illuminazione).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fv/fv77yx487mw4qovi.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/il/iljy2i9ou4c039hq.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Our installation blurs the boundaries between the traditional and the contemporary. You see the difference in each end, but the transition is very organic," Yansong continued. "It&rsquo;s ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112881489/how-the-lucas-museum-design-will-change-chicago-s-lakefront-rendering-reveals How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals Alexander Walter 2014-11-04T13:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T17:53:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/97/9776rtitkxfliznq.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, during a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects unveiled his design concept for the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts and told reporters that his concept &mdash; a seven-story, dome-like structure that gently slopes towards a halo-like observation deck &mdash; represents a "new type of architecture." That may be an understatement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about the design in the Museum's <a href="http://www.lucasmuseum.org/museum-design.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100599889/editor-s-picks-369 Editor's Picks #369 Nam Henderson 2014-05-29T13:05:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T11:39:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7w3gynb0iggfmd24.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest <strong>Student Works:</strong> highlighted work from students in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99718581/student-works-3d-printing-the-new-millenial-domicile-with-ucla-and-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&rsquo;s </a><a href="http://futurelabstudio.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3M futureLAB</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99718581/student-works-3d-printing-the-new-millenial-domicile-with-ucla-and-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> studio&nbsp;along with collaborators from </a><a href="http://www.hud.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Huddersfield</a>.&nbsp;Reacting to the lonely dystopic 3D printed future of residential architecture, <strong>PULPITO</strong>&nbsp;quipped&nbsp;"T<em>he project makes me feel lonely and depressed</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17ljdziia0qmo2eh.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a> interviewed Ma Yansong of MAD Architecture. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">She originally spoke with Ma Yansong after he visited Los Angeles in April to </a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97795335/mad-founder-ma-yansong-celebrates-opening-of-la-office-with-lecture-in-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">launch a new book</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and prepare MAD's new Los Angeles branch opening.</a>&nbsp;Their discussion ranged from the Chinese version of 'nature' and what New York should learn from China, to his opinion of "<em>the so-called green architecture</em>" and parametric design.</p><p>Responding to the critics <strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>&nbsp;wrote "<em>I think he explains himself quite well in his first two paragraphs rendering both arguments above not relevant..or more importantly in disagreement with his concept (not western) of nature</em>".<br><br><br><strong>News</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2fcr1k8oascd0c1.jpg"></p><p>BBC News reported the tragic news - the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100273460/glasgow-school-of-art-on-fire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">historic </a><a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/16607/the-glasgow-school-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100273460/glasgow-school-of-art-on-fire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> building,...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97795335/mad-founder-ma-yansong-celebrates-opening-of-la-office-with-lecture-in-hollywood MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j4/j44vyfhdg3au02e2.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="http://www.space15twenty.com/files/Ma-Young.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84s7vaczik79qjhy.jpg"></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80532087/chinese-architect-ma-yansong-brings-green-futurism-to-europe Chinese Architect Ma Yansong Brings Green Futurism to Europe Archinect 2013-08-28T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T08:04:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1n/1nookd4iycnrxx5m.jpg" width="650" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the last decade, avant-garde European architects have helped reshape Beijing's skyline. [...] But now, a Chinese architect is reversing the trend. Rising star Ma Yansong has won a string of European architectural contests that will bring his experimental designs, which meld cutting-edge technology with an animist's awe of nature, to capitals on the Continent.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ma Yansong has been on Archinect's radar for quite some time&mdash;click <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/47034" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read our 2006 <em>UpStarts</em> interview with him and his Beijing-based firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD office</a>.</p>