On Feb.9th, ArchDaily revealed the winners of the "2016 ArchDaily Building of the Year" Awards. Harbin Opera House, MAD's most recently completed project was elected as the winner of "Cultural Architecture."
Stated from Archdaily, "As a peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award, the results represent the collective intelligence of 55,000 voters, filtering the best architecture from over 3,000 projects featured on ArchDaily during the past year."
This is the second time a project from a China-based architect was elected in the "ArchDaily Building of the Year" Awards. In 2010, Absolute Towers, one of MAD's earliest completed projects, was elected for the first time in the "ArchDaily Building of the Year" Awards.
Embedded within Harbin's wetlands, the Harbin Opera House was designed in response to the force and spirit of the northern city's untamed wilderness and frigid climate. Appearing as if sculpted by wind and water, the building seamlessly blends in with nature and the topography—a transfusion of local identity, art, and culture. “We envision Harbin Opera House as a cultural center of the future – a tremendous performance venue, as well as a dramatic public space that embodies the integration of human, art and the city identity, while synergistically blending with the surrounding nature,said Ma Yansong, founding principal, MAD Architects.