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MAD Architects present the city-scale urban project Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Centre at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Built over 2600 years ago, Nanjing will have an overall building area of approximately 560,000 sq m, the design concept intending to reflect the balance between groundbreaking architecture and nature -representing the Chinese Shanshui ethos of spiritual harmony between nature and humanity to the modern urban environment.

The site divided in 6 ‘lots’ will see two linked by vertical city plazas, with curving corridors and gardens occupying ground level. On the edge of the site, mountain-like towers are set to curve like waterfalls, with towers on the edge of the site replicating the mountainous backdrop.

Water features serve to recycle rainwater for irrigation, and water features integrated strongly in the design bringing harmony among the man made cityscape.

MAD were invited to exhibit an extensive scale model at the Biennale – with the project slated for completion in 2017.

On exhibition in Venice until November 23rd.  TSA_ARCHITECTURE_MAD_VENICE_0

 

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TSA_ARCHITECTURE_MAD_VENICE_155Images courtesy of MAD.