Day 232/365 of Steel – Ma Yansong

Ma Yansong (born 26 November 1975)

Founder of the innovative architecture firm MAD Architects, Ma Yansong has helped to give China a name in the international architecture scene. The first Chinese architect to receive a RIBA fellowship, Ma explores contemporary architecture in relation to traditional eastern values of nature.

Cloud Center Under Construction
Fig 1: Cloud Center Under Construction
Photo: Courtesy of MAD

Ma started out studying architecture at the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, later completing his Masters’ degree at Yale University. After a period working at Zaha Hadid Architects, in 2004 Ma founded MAD Architects. In 2006 MAD designed their breakthrough building, the Absolute Towers.

Cloud Center Under Construction
Fig 2: Cloud Center Under Construction
Photo: Courtesy of MAD

Ma finds important inspiration for his architectural designs from traditional Chinese and Japanese methods of including “the structure, the landscape, the light, the plants, the water”; in other words, as he explained to the New York Times in 2016, “the whole setup” in the experience of a building.

Courtesy of MAD
Fig 3: Cloud Center
Photo: Courtesy of MAD

Despite their often-futuristic exteriors, Ma’s designs have deep roots in landscape and nature, attempting to ease the interaction between buildings and people.

Next year, BMS and Infosteel will organize a site visit on the 8th of March to the ‘Tornado’, a panoramic viewpoint on top of the historic Fenix warehouse, designed by  MAD Architects for Droom en Daad Foundation. CSM Steelstructures , Dura VermeerIMd Raadgevende IngenieursStichting Droom en Daad, CIG architecture

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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