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Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

China Architecture News - Jul 27, 2018 - 07:02   16934 views

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

Construction work has started on MAD's tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in Yabuli, China. MAD's design will be a permanent venue for the China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF), an internationally known economic platform considered to be the ‘Davos of Asia’. 

Called Yabuli Conference Centre, the building is situated along the mountains of Northeastern China, with softy and sloping lines. Casually mirroring its mountainous backdrop, it reaches a maximum height of 24 meters, allowing it to settle quietly into the landscape. While humble in its presence, it does not lose the dynamic atmosphere of northern China – integrated with the sky, the ground, the snow, the forest, and the mountains.

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

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Yabuli, in Northeastern China, is known for its rugged terrain and frigid temperatures, particularly its snow-capped mountains and innocent snowfields. It is also home to annual summits hosted by the China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF).

In 2017, the CEF decided to construct a permanent venue for itself, and commissioned MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, to design a building that embodies and showcases the ambitions, ideologies and forward critical thinking of CEF members, and the greater entrepreneurial industry in China.

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

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The building is organized over four floors, the scheme encompasses a museum, a small and large auditorium (356-seats and 1000-seats respectively), a series of conference rooms and studios, and additional exhibition areas throughout. 

The focal point is a skylight positioned at the centre of the roof that allows natural light to flood into the interior. It acts as a symbolic metaphor for the bright ideas and brilliant discussions generated during the events held within. 

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

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Windows throughout have been positioned so that even from indoors, people can enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the surrounding natural scenery throughout the seasons. 

Public plazas located at both the entrance and posterior of the building open up towards the natural backdrop creating a dialogue between architecture and nature. 

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

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The chameleonic existence of the design’s reflective exterior expresses how the architecture relates and changes state with its surroundings, making a subtle, but powerful statement in its unique context.

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

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Envisioned as a progressive architecture – one that fosters growth, innovative thinking, and is continuously evolving. In its completion, it will form a landscape of ideas, nature and art, and stand as a significant meeting place for Chinese and international entrepreneurs alike to gather and share ideas.

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

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Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

First floor plan

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

Second floor plan

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

Section-1

Construction starts on MAD’s tent-like Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre in China

Section-2

The building broke ground in spring of 2018, and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Project facts

China Entrepreneur Forum Conference Centre
Location: Yabuli, China
Date: 2017 - 2020
Site Area: 22,001 sqm
Building Area: 16,198 sqm

Principal Partners in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Associate Partners in Charge: Liu Huiying
Design team: Li Guangchong, Sun Shouquan, Fu Xiaoyi, Xiao Ying, Song Chi, Deng Wei, Zhang Xiaomei, Zhao Meng, Huai Wei, Che-Hung Chien, Cao Chen, Zhang Yanru, Wang Shuobin, Yuki Ishigami, Lin Yuyang

Client: China Entrepreneur Forum
Executive Architect: China Architecture Design & Research Group
Façade Consultant: Shanghai Kighton Facade Consultants Co., Ltd.
Landscape Architect: BJF International Design

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