One thing that we love is great building design, and that’s why we work with some of the best in the business. Ma Yansong of the architecture firm MAD Architects is one of those people! He’s one of China’s best-known architects and is the designer behind our beloved Absolute Towers in Mississauga. Let’s check in on what he’s been up to lately, shall we?
The First Residential MAD Project in Europe
MAD recently announced their first residential project in Europe and it looks amazing. Located in a new neighbourhood of Paris, this building features 13 floors, which doesn’t sound tall by North American standards, but since it’s in Paris it’s bound to feature some incredible views. It’s also located right across from a park so residents will have plenty of access to green space. We can’t wait to see the final product!
Harbin Opera House
This project was completed in 2015 in China and is a beautiful architectural addition to a wetland area. The design signifies art, human identity, and the city all coming together with nature. It also went on to win the 2016 WAN Performing Spaces Award. The unique location and imaginative design make it an ideal design for a performance venue.
“Invisible Border” Installation
Moving away from purely architecture, MAD has been working on some other interesting projects including this installation for the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan. This installation does a beautiful job of blurring contemporary and classic architecture as a look at the past and the present. It makes the ideas of borders more approachable as the two different themes blend together with this design that brightens up the whole courtyard.
Last but certainly not least, there’s something that may seem familiar. In collaboration with Olivari at Milan Design Week, Ma Yansong created these door handles that are inspired by the design of our iconic Absolute Towers in Mississauga. “A door handle is very symbolic to me. It is the first object that one will interact with before entering a new space,” said Ma Yansong about the project.