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.
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.
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.
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 Vermeer, IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Stichting Droom en Daad, CIG architecture
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