PA Talks 13 – Ma Yansong
Ma Yansong brought fame to the architecture field in China by becoming a worldwide known Chinese architect in the international scene. His interests lie in exploring contemporary architecture with context-aware designs in relation to eastern values of nature, resulting in complex geometries that inspire with awe.
He first started studying architecture at Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, later on building upon his education by completing a Masters’s degree at Yale University, where he gained recognition with his “Floating Islands” project. Ma worked for Zaha Hadid Architects and Peter Eisenman. In 2004 he founded MAD Architects, within that year he won an award for his unique building “Absolute Towers”, completed in 2006. His signature projects include Harbin Opera House, Hutong Bubble, Huangshan Mountain Village, China Wood Sculpture Museum. He reflected his “Shanshui City” concept, which called for balancing the natural environment, the urban landscape, and society in new ways through architecture.
Ma’s vision of “Shanshui City” was MAD’s core design philosophy. It was present in much of his work, reflected in buildings with soft curves, public spaces, and gardens. Absolute World Towers 1 and 2, were among his best-known designs. They appear to twist organically up into the sky, standing in stark contrast to the nearby rectangular boxlike skyscrapers. The duo represented Ma’s first major international architectural competition victory (2006).
Tune in to another exciting episode of the PA Talks series with Ma Yansong with Hamid Hassanzadeh.