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MAD designs "cloud-like" multi-purpose center for Aranya in China
China Architecture News - Jul 07, 2021 - 11:21 2082 views
Named Aranya Cloud Center, the 2,579-square-metre project is close to the scenic Beidaihe coastline in northeastern China, the building is designed to appear as a “floating cloud by the sea”.
Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021, upon completion, the project will offer a new multi-purpose public space for Aranya, one of China’s most vibrant seaside arts and culture communities.
The design, led by Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD, features a sculptured form with smooth surfaces, aiming to reflect its surrounded landscape.
The building will offer a variety of functions, such as a press conference room, small theater, and exhibition space. Externally, the scheme is surrounded by a sculpted landscape imagined as a “white stone garden.”
When visitors approach from a distance, the building appears as a "cloud floating in the forest", its outer skin is a polished, reflective form activated by the changing light, sky, and landscape.
MAD achieves this simple, pure aesthetic of the building through a façade of hyperbolic white stained glass, creating a seemingly floating form when viewed from afar.
"Upon approach, the winding entry road opens up, and the building’s cloud-like form becomes visible," said MAD.
"At its entrance, a pool reflects both the building and the clouds above, blurring the boundary between architecture and nature, and interior and exterior."
"The building’s perceived “cloud” form is made possible through a series of monumental structural overhangs, with the largest reaching 30 meters in length," MAD added.
Thanks to these overhangs, the solid white mass of the building appears to float over a predominately glazed ground floor, when viewed either inside or outside.
The “cloud’s” massing is balanced and suspended from the building’s central core which provides support for the entire structure and makes its column-free interior space possible.
Inside, the primary internal space contains a multi-purpose room, extending skyward through a swirling ceiling. Above the spaces, a series of skylights are added to allow ample natural light into the interior to enhance the building’s energy efficiency.
The building’s open spaces and movable walls offer a high degree of spatial flexibility to meet the needs of exhibitions, theatrical performances, conferences, and a variety of other functions.
Surrounding the building’s exterior, a low circular wall forms the boundary of a tranquil landscape detached from reality. This cosmic theme continues within the garden, where a series of white rocks and undulating greenery evoke the imagery of floating planets dotted across the universe.
Ground floor plan
Sketch by Ma Yansong
Construction of the Cloud Center began in March 2021. The project’s civil construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2021, with the entire project completed and opened in 2022.
MAD is currently working on the renovation of historic Yinkeng Village under a floating large dome in China. MAD is also designing the Jiaxing Civic Center that will create "a garden-like living room" with its undulating floating roofs in Jiaxing, China.
Aranya “Cloud Center”
Location: Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, China
Site area: 3,853 sqm
Building area: 2,579 sqm
Principal Partners in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Associate in Charge: Kin Li
Design Team: Yin Jianfeng, Liu Hailun, Chen Hungpin, Edgar Navarrete, Pittayapa Suriyapee, Luis Torres, Chen Yi-en, Zhang Chao, Li Gang
Client: Shijiazhuang Pharma Group, Aranya
Executive Architect/Structural Design: Zhongke (Beijing) Architectural Planning & Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Façade Consultant: RFR Shanghai, King Glass Engineering Co., Ltd.
Landscape Design Consultant: Beijing Sunshine Landscape Co., Ltd
Interior Design Consultant: Montaigne Design Consulting (Shanghai) Ltd.
Lighting Consultant: Lighting Stories (Beijing) Cultural & Creative Co., Ltd.
Signage Design: Beijing Junyi Rongchuang Cultural Communication Limited Company
Stage Consultant: Beijing Yaxun Yingda Technology Development Limited Company
Acoustic Consultant: Beijing Huaxin Sifang Architectural Technique Limited Company
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