The 45th Los Angeles Architecture Awards, hosted by Los Angeles Business Council(LABC) recently released the list of winners. MAD's latest released residence project, "8600 Wilshire" was awarded “Design Concept AWard”, and MAD's another project Beijing Conrad Hotel was awarded “Beyond L.A. Award.”
As a residential project located in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, 8600 Wilshire demonstrates MAD’s core design philosophy: to coalesce nature and community into a living environment among high-density cities. Bringing the nature found on the adjacent foothills of Los Angeles into the city of Beverly Hills, 8600 Wilshire mimics a small sinuous white hill boasting an 18-unit residential village atop commercial space. Clustered white glass villas and trees ascend upward to contour the Beverly Hills skyline and provide a distinctive streetscape on Wilshire Boulevard.
Located in Beijing CBD, Beijing Conrad Hotel has the exterior facade that is a neural network reacting to the interior grid structure. The softly undulating surface expresses the organic vitality of man-made structure. It moves sinuously as it reaches towards the sky. MAD's design represents the subtle invasion of nature into Beijing, softening the rigidity of efficient and anonymous structures.