Chinese Architect Ma Yansong Brings Green Futurism to Europe
After sweeping architectural contests in Rome and Paris, Ma was invited to outline a master plan for a 200,000-square-meter commercial and retail project in Amsterdam's Zuidas business district. He unveiled architectural drawings for structures that resemble a cluster of crater-tipped mountains. Echoing Taoist paintings of peaks and pagodas, its volcano-shaped towers will be linked with a meandering series of courtyards, waterways, and pavilions that organically unite the complex. (Caption: Spiegel, image: Ma Yansong/MAD)
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.
Ma Yansong has been on Archinect's radar for quite some time—click here to read our 2006 UpStarts interview with him and his Beijing-based firm MAD office.