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Ma Yansong reveals exquisite Grand Theater for Yiwu, China
POSTED 03 Jul 2019 . BY Liz Terry
MAD won a competition to design the theatre, beating four other practices Credit: Ma Yansong

Credit: Ma Yansong
The transparency and lightness of the glass express the texture of thin, silky fabric, creating a dynamic rhythm that makes them appear as if they’re blowing in the wind
– Ma Yansong
MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, have been chosen to build their ethereal design for the Yiwu Grand Theater in China’s Zhejiang province.

The announcement comes following a competition with Arata Isozaki & Associates, Atelier Christian de Portzamparc, GMP, and KDG.

The new building, located on the south bank of the Dongyang River, will have a 1,600-seat grand theatre, a 1,200-seat theatre and an international, 2,000-capacity conference center.

Positioned with the mountains as its backdrop, and the water as its stage, MAD says the design was created in response to the location, with the building appearing to float like a boat on the river.

The Yiwu Grand Theater will have distinctive layered glass sails reminiscent of Chinese junks, and their subtle curves will echo the Jiangnan-style eaves of the ancient vernacular architecture that's typical of the region.

Ma Yansong said: “The transparency and lightness of the glass express the texture of thin, silky fabric, creating a dynamic rhythm that makes them appear as if they’re blowing in the wind.

“They act as a protective canopy around the building, resonating with the river, elegantly floating above the water’s surface, creating a romantic atmosphere.”

To reduce overall energy consumption, MAD designed the theatre using passive solar design, with the semi-transparent glass curtain wall acting as a shading system and optimising the use of natural light to form a solar greenhouse effect in the winter.

In the summer, the curtain wall will enhance airflow circulation inside and outside the building.

Envisioned as a public space, the building will be easily accessed from all directions and integrated with the waterfront.
To encourage public interaction, the scheme will also feature an amphitheatre, open plaza and landscaped terraces which will create “areas of quiet contemplation” – an immersive natural experience in the midst of urban development.

The engineering feats required to create such a structure in the middle of a lake have already got the world of architecture talking, as has the tight construction schedule, however, the statement building is a product of civic pride for the city of Yiwu, which has established itself internationally for its strong economy and as one of the world’s largest wholesale commodities markets.

In China, it’s known as a city of trade and an integral part of the country’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative.’

In 2018, the city decided it would focus on culture to elevate its soft power, with the new building being the result. Construction is likely to begin in 2020 and on its completion, the building is expected to stand as a world-class venue that will attract visitors from around the globe, putting Yiwu on the map as a cultural destination.
MAD is known for pushing the boundaries of construction design Credit: Ma Yansong
The building will be accessible on all sides via vehicular and pedestrian bridges Credit: Ma Yansong
Outdoor green spaces will create a meditative sanctuary in the urban setting Credit: Ma Yansong
The grand theatre will seat 1,600 people Credit: Ma Yansong
Glass walls will seem to float over the lake Credit: Ma Yansong
The building is part of a soft power initiative using culture Credit: Ma Yansong
MAD has designed a world class venue Credit: Ma Yansong
The city is a major trading centre on the Belt and Road Initiative Credit: Ma Yansong
The building resembles a Chinese Junk Credit: Ma Yansong
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Ma Yansong reveals exquisite Grand Theater for Yiwu, China
POSTED 03 Jul 2019 . BY Liz Terry
MAD won a competition to design the theatre, beating four other practices Credit: Ma Yansong
Credit: Ma Yansong
The transparency and lightness of the glass express the texture of thin, silky fabric, creating a dynamic rhythm that makes them appear as if they’re blowing in the wind
– Ma Yansong
MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, have been chosen to build their ethereal design for the Yiwu Grand Theater in China’s Zhejiang province.

The announcement comes following a competition with Arata Isozaki & Associates, Atelier Christian de Portzamparc, GMP, and KDG.

The new building, located on the south bank of the Dongyang River, will have a 1,600-seat grand theatre, a 1,200-seat theatre and an international, 2,000-capacity conference center.

Positioned with the mountains as its backdrop, and the water as its stage, MAD says the design was created in response to the location, with the building appearing to float like a boat on the river.

The Yiwu Grand Theater will have distinctive layered glass sails reminiscent of Chinese junks, and their subtle curves will echo the Jiangnan-style eaves of the ancient vernacular architecture that's typical of the region.

Ma Yansong said: “The transparency and lightness of the glass express the texture of thin, silky fabric, creating a dynamic rhythm that makes them appear as if they’re blowing in the wind.

“They act as a protective canopy around the building, resonating with the river, elegantly floating above the water’s surface, creating a romantic atmosphere.”

To reduce overall energy consumption, MAD designed the theatre using passive solar design, with the semi-transparent glass curtain wall acting as a shading system and optimising the use of natural light to form a solar greenhouse effect in the winter.

In the summer, the curtain wall will enhance airflow circulation inside and outside the building.

Envisioned as a public space, the building will be easily accessed from all directions and integrated with the waterfront.
To encourage public interaction, the scheme will also feature an amphitheatre, open plaza and landscaped terraces which will create “areas of quiet contemplation” – an immersive natural experience in the midst of urban development.

The engineering feats required to create such a structure in the middle of a lake have already got the world of architecture talking, as has the tight construction schedule, however, the statement building is a product of civic pride for the city of Yiwu, which has established itself internationally for its strong economy and as one of the world’s largest wholesale commodities markets.

In China, it’s known as a city of trade and an integral part of the country’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative.’

In 2018, the city decided it would focus on culture to elevate its soft power, with the new building being the result. Construction is likely to begin in 2020 and on its completion, the building is expected to stand as a world-class venue that will attract visitors from around the globe, putting Yiwu on the map as a cultural destination.
MAD is known for pushing the boundaries of construction design Credit: Ma Yansong
The building will be accessible on all sides via vehicular and pedestrian bridges Credit: Ma Yansong
Outdoor green spaces will create a meditative sanctuary in the urban setting Credit: Ma Yansong
The grand theatre will seat 1,600 people Credit: Ma Yansong
Glass walls will seem to float over the lake Credit: Ma Yansong
The building is part of a soft power initiative using culture Credit: Ma Yansong
MAD has designed a world class venue Credit: Ma Yansong
The city is a major trading centre on the Belt and Road Initiative Credit: Ma Yansong
The building resembles a Chinese Junk Credit: Ma Yansong
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Ma Yansong invites budding architects to China for 2017 MAD Travel Fellowship


Young architects from around the world will have an opportunity to travel to China to undertake a research project under the guidance of Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD Architects.
Conservatism should not block boundary-pushing design, says Ma Yansong


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MAD promise to take visitors on a journey through time and space with the unveiling of their China Philharmonic Hall design


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