MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

by , 06/06/14
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Located in one of China’s most historically and culturally significant cities, the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center will strive to preserve traces of the city’s historic past while celebrating its high-tech innovations. Inspired by the “shanshui” style of traditional Chinese landscape painting, the “Shanshui City” consists of an artificial landscape that blends mountain-shaped towers above a riverine environment. The site, which is divided into six lots, feature curving corridors that weave through commercial complexes and connect people from the street level to the elevated vertical gardens.

Related: MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

The mountain-like towers frame the constructed river valley landscape and a cluster of low, village-like buildings. The addition of footbridges, waterfalls, and meandering rivers complete the bucolic Chinese imagery. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the undulating glass towers are equipped with vertical sun shading as well as rainwater recycling and reservoir systems.

MAD Architects will showcase the project and their “shanshui” design philosophy in the art installation called the “Silhouette Shanshui” at the start of the Biennale next week. The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently under construction and is slated for completion in 2017.

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1 Comment

  1. mianne July 24, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I was interested in Zendai’s other project for a future African Manhattan in Modderfontein /Johannesburg (south Africa) but this photo frightens me . How could people see mountains in the nightmarish Nanjing undulating glass towers ? Could they possibly live in them without becoming MAD ?
    Another project for a Chinese Manhattan-skyline in Tianjin is turning into a costly disaster, as the skyscrapers stay empty .
    The projects are extraordinarily creative to be admired as tiny models but …why are those new developers and architects so senseless, forgetting that REAL people are supposed to accept to live or work there for decades?

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