It's easy to feel trapped in an urban jungle like Beijing, and we're not just talking about the stifling pollution. To soften the harsh cityscape, MAD Architects designed Chaoyang Park Plaza, an urban park that brings nature back into the dense city landscape with built forms and spaces inspired by Chinese classical landscape paintings. The project, which just began construction, features mountain-shaped office buildings surrounded by a river valley-like landscape.
Located in the central business district of Beijing, Chaoyang Park Plaza borders the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the largest public parks in Beijing. The mixed-use urban plaza will comprise nearly 30 acres of commercial, office, and residential buildings. MAD Architects’ energy efficient building designs and an innovative air purification system are expected to help the project secure LEED Gold certification.
Inspired by tall mountain cliffs, a pair of asymmetrical towers dramatically rises from the ground like mountains with ridges and glazed valleys that allude to the forces of erosion. At its base, MAD Architects placed four office buildings shaped like short, rounded river stones that are also ridged to create a weathered appearance as if eroded through time. Lush landscape elements and flowing water features are situated between the buildings to complete the illusion of a mountain forest landscape.
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