MAD’s undulating library “does not say an excessive amount of” says Ma Yansong

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2022-11-17 11:00:34

Within the first instalment of Dezeen’s Concrete Icons collection produced in collaboration with Holcim, MAD Architects founder Ma Yansong explains how his studio’s sinuous concrete library in Haikou, China, encourages guests to make use of their creativeness.

Yansong is the primary participant in Concrete Icons, a video collection profiling essentially the most iconic up to date concrete buildings by the world’s main architects.

The video focusses on MAD‘s Cloudscape of Haikou, a library with a flowing kind solid in white concrete positioned in a waterside park in Haikou on the island of Hainan.

MAD Architects designed Cloudscape of Haikou, a library in China. Photograph by Aogvision

Accomplished in 2021, the 1,000-square-metre construction homes a library, cafe, restrooms, showers, a nursery room, and bike storage, in addition to performing as a approach station for guests to the park.

Talking to Dezeen in an unique video interview filmed at MAD’s places of work in Beijing, Yansong defined how the constructing was designed to place guests in a contemplative or imaginative mind-set.

“While you design a library, it is necessary to create an area snug for studying, but in addition that you must create a lovely environment the place folks can begin their journey or creativeness after the studying,” he mentioned.

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The library was solid in white concrete

Yansong described the best way during which the graceful concrete surfaces of the constructing have been unobtrusive, permitting guests to deal with themselves, the pure setting surrounding the constructing, and their studying.

“We do not need folks to concentrate to the constructing parts,” he mentioned. “So we have now to make all the things disappear through the use of a really default, easy architectural floor.”

“It does not say an excessive amount of,” he continued. “Individuals will wander and uncover extra and folks will really feel extra delicate to the internal facet of themselves.”

Utilizing concrete allowed MAD to realize the bizarre flowing types of the constructing.

“All these architectural parts are steady,” mentioned Yansong. “So the ground, the wall, the ceiling – all of them grow to be one undulating floor made out of concrete.”

“Concrete is a type of supplies which you could make a really advanced house [with].”

“It’s extremely robust, but it surely was a liquid in the beginning. The liquid may be any form, and that’s someway very per the structure that we’re doing.”

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Reduce-outs punctuate the constructing, providing views of the ocean and sky. Photograph by CreatAR Photographs

The constructing is notable for the massive curved cut-outs that punctuate it all through, providing guests views of the encompassing panorama, sea and sky.

“We made a variety of holes on this constructing,” mentioned Yansong. “These holes can give you new home windows to look out.”

“It is a unique approach the place you may observe the ocean, the sky, the clouds, the character round you.”

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The constructing homes a library, cafe, restrooms, showers, a nursery room, and bike storage

Yansong based MAD Architects in 2004. Over 20 of the studio’s key tasks have been highlighted in MAD Rhapsody, a ebook overlaying 17 years of its work. Dezeen collaborated with the studio earlier this yr to host a collection of talks on social housing, beginning with a dialog with Yansong during which he launched MAD’s first social housing mission.

Current tasks by the studio embrace a stadium in China embedded into the bottom and lined in grass roofs and a Beverly Hills residential block with a big inexperienced wall.

Concrete Icons is a six-part video collection created in partnership with constructing supplies firm Holcim. Additional instalments within the collection will deal with Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Broad Museum in Los Angeles, USA, and Tatiana Bilbao’s Casa Ventura in Monterrey, Mexico.

The images is by Archexist until acknowledged.

Partnership content material

Concrete Icons is produced by Dezeen for Holcim as a part of a partnership. Discover out extra about Dezeen’s partnership content material right here.

Construct the icons of the long run with Holcim’s low-carbon ECOPact concrete, delivering as much as 90 per cent much less carbon dioxide emissions in comparison with customary concrete with no compromise on efficiency.

Discover out extra about how Holcim works with architects right here.



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