At 6pm New York time, September 5th of 2013, a green building with distinct Oriental features designed by Ma Yansong was launched at Times Square in New York city. Located along the lake of Beijing Chaoyang Park, this city complex is the continuation “Shan-Shui City”– a design concept Ma Yansong has been pursuing. It is a new interpretation of China’s ancient natural philosophy in contemporary city. In this typical CBD area that is flooded with extreme-modernism buildings, Ma Yansong aims at infusing the vigorous Shan-Shui culture into the new urbanization with this “Chao Yang Park” project.
Since this project is adjacent to the world’s second largest city park, Ma Yansong hopes that it will not become the boundary that separates the park and the city. On the contrary, by introducing the Shan-shui elements into the design, the building and the park is to be merged into a whole landscape, so to have the nature extending into the city, and to create a land of idyllic beauty in the city. The design starts with the understanding that the park is part of the plot: by taking the natural beauty of lakes and mountains, the architectural complex can be read as a futuristic city landscape painting in which high-rise buildings act as the peaks, individual office buildings as the slope, high-end offices as the ridge and residential buildings as mountain ranges in combination with classical landscape elements like lakes, springs, forest, streams, valleys, rocks and peaks. As a result, the whole architectural complex does not look like they are “built” but growing up naturally from itssurrounding environment and they recreate a new Shan-Shui space typology. People can feel both the grandeur of the holistic landscape and its exquisite inside scenery.
This project is an ecological complex
mainly functions as offices and residential buildings. However, it goes beyond
the usual concept of green building.It is a Chinese-featured green building
developed with the “spirit of green”. What Ma Yansong concerns a lot about is to
seek the new direction of contemporary architecture and city from the traditional
culture. This also decides if Chinese architecture can find its own way for
future urban development. The simulation of the landscape of an international
metropolis should take over the traditional Shan Shui spirit and restore the natural
traditional values followed with the innovation of architectural forms and the
transformation of urban structures. In conformity with this idea, Ma Yansong
will proceed with his exploration and practice of Shan Shui City.