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MAD Architects - Ma Yansong


MAD architects designed the Absolute Towers in Toronto, Canada after winning an international competition. The two residential towers with their sinuous, high-tech image have become an icon of contemporary architecture. MAD Architects is one of the best-known young Chinese architectural studios world-wide: in 2008 ICON magazine included it among the 20 most influential young architectural studios today.
Founded in Beijing in 2004 by Ma Yansong, the studio interprets the contemporary world through design. Following an apprenticeship in the studio of Zaha Hadid, which had a significant impact on his formal studies with use of digital technologies, Ma Yansong began his career working primarily on residential and office buildings, cultural centres and installations. The studio focuses on formal invention combined with manipulation of high-performing materials, as in recent projects such as the China Wood Sculpture Museum. The Ordos Museum, inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s Dome Over Manhattan, is a disarming creation inserted in the rigid masterplan of the municipality of Ordos for the new city centre.
MAD Architects, now led by Ma Yansong, Dang Qun and Yosuke Hayano, was awarded a scholarship by the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and won the Architecture League Young Architects Award in 2006.
In 2011 Ma Yansong won an international RBA scholarship.
Projects Ma Yansong, MAD Architects:
- China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin (China), 2013
- Absolute towers, Missisauga, Toronto (Canada), 2012
- Ordos museum, Ordos (China), 2011
- Vertu travelling pavilion, Milan, Shanghai, Dubai, Beijing, London, 2011
- Hongluo clubhouse, Beijing (China), 2006
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