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* Residential Architecture: Absolute Towers by MAD

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Absolute Towers by MAD

Residential Architecture:  Absolute Towers by MAD: “..Chinese firm MAD has completed a pair of curvaceous twisted skyscrapers in the growing city of Mississauga, Canada..Standing at 170 and 150 metres, the Absolute Towers contain apartments on each of their oval-shaped floors, but every storey is incrementally rotated to give both buildings a curved and twisted outline..“The concept of the tower at the beginning was very simple,” said MAD founder Ma Yansong. “We just wanted to make something organic but different, more natural and more soft and not something too strong that would remind people of money or power.”..Mississauga first developed as a suburb of Toronto but has grown in recent decades and was named as a city in 1974. Since then, high-rise developments have sprung up across the city and the architects were keen to avoid designing another of these “listless, boxy buildings”..“Lots of cities like this are happening in China, just repeating the modern urban typology and always making square towers,” added Yansong. “We were thinking; how about reversing that? “So we don’t treat architecture as a product, or an artificial volume or space. It’s more like a landscape.”..MAD won a competition to design the buildings in 2006, which were initially dubbed “the Marylyn Monroe towers” by local residents in reference to their shapely bodies..Apartments in both towers boast panoramic views of the city skyline from continuous balconies that wrap around the recessed glass facades. This set-back also helps to shade each apartment from direct sunlight in the summer months..”  Interesting forms..

See our posts on other work by MAD: Residential Architecture: Huangshan Mountain Village by MAD and Architecture: Architecture in China: Ordos Museum by MAD.

image: Iwan Baan; article: Dezeen

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* Residential Architecture: Huangshan Mountain Village by MAD

Posted by the editors on Monday, 10 December 2012

Huangshan Mountain Village by MAD

Residential Architecture:  Huangshan Mountain Village by MAD: “..Chinese firm MAD has today unveiled plans for a village of towering apartment blocks beside the Huangshan Mountains in eastern China..Inspired by the topographical layers of the landscape, the buildings will have organically shaped floor plates and will emerge from amongst the treetops on a site beside the Taiping Lake..MAD hopes that the new community will give many Chinese residents access to the impressive landscape that has inspired painters for many years..“We hope that residents will not just look at the scenery, but see themselves in relation to this environment,” said MAD founder Ma Yansong. “In observing oneself, one perhaps begins to notice a different self than the one present in the city.”..The architect also explained how the poetry of the place inspired the design. “The impression we have of Taiping Lake in Huangshan is vague. Each visit to this place yields different views, different impressions. A bit mysterious, like ancient landscape paintings, never based on realism but rather, the imagination. This vague feeling is always poetic; it is obscure and indistinct,” he said..Set to complete in 2014 , the community will accommodate 700 apartments, as well as a hotel and other community facilities..”  Impressive site; interesting inspiration and form..

image: Courtesy of MAD; article: Dezeen

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