MAD Architects conceives the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is a city-scale urban project conceived by MAD Architects and led by Ma Yansong

MAD Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

The mixed-use development has an overall building area of approximately 560,000 sqm, comprising of commercial, hotel, office, and residential programs. The scheme seeks to restore the spiritual harmony between humanity and nature through the integration of contemplative spaces that, while immersing inhabitants in nature, still meets the conveniences of modern day living.

MAD's design unfolds onto the city like a village-like community. A mix of low-rise buildings connected by footbridges are nestled in the landscape. Curving, ascending corridors and elevated pathways weave through the commercial buildings. Activated by public gardens and social spaces, they create a spiritual and poetic retreat in the middle of the city.

MAD Nanjing Zendai Center

Along the edge of the site, surrounding the village, are mountain-like towers that appear to have been carved out by wind and water. Defined by white, curved glass louvres that 'flow' like waterfalls, they reflect Nanjing's surrounding mountain ranges and meandering rivers. Water features, such as ponds, waterfalls, brooks, and pools connect the buildings, while trees and rich plantings see the artificial and manmade coalesce with one another – forming a rich, architectural landscape.

Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

Currently in the third and final phase of construction, the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is expected to be completed in 2020.
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