In sync with the symptoms of nature

Merging the details of architecture with the beauty of nature, MAD architects create a breath­ taking series of residential living spaces amidst the peaceful serenity of the Huangshan Mountains Huangshan, located near the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi in China’s Anhui Province, which is home to one of the country’s most beautiful homes

 

Known for it s ri ch verdant scenery and distinct granite peaks, the beloved landscape  has  long inspired artists, offering them sheltered spaces  for  contemplation and reflection. As a UNESCO Heritage site, the humanistic atmosphere and beautiful tranquil environment has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. It is here that MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has realized “Huangshan Mountain Village” Composed in deference to the local topography, each of the buildings are diverse in height and appearance, and have been conceived to ensure that the original mountain levels are maintained. Organized in a linked configuration across the southern slope of Taiping Lake, the  dynamic relationship  that is created among the ten buildings establishes a new type of village landscape: one where architecture becomes nature, and nature dissolves into architecture. The apartments that comprise “Huangshan Mountain Village” have all been envisioned as quiet retreats. Each one boasts an expansive balcony whose organic lines respond to the topographic contours of the immediate mountainous terrain.

Extending the interior to the exterior, they provide plenty of outdoor space, giving residents the feeling that they are not just observers of the scenery that surrounds them, but actually immersed within it creating a dialogue with the mountains, lake, and sky. Pathways have been determined  by the landscape, so that they naturally meander through the trees and between the architecture, offering unique access to the treasured site. “The impression we have of Taiping Lake in Huangshan is vague: each visit to this place yields different views, different impressions. It is a bit mysterious, Iike ancient Shanshui  Iandscape  paintings that are never based on realism, but rather, the imagination. This inexplicable feeling is always poetic; it is obscure and indistinct. This is the basic idea: we hope that residents wi11 not just look at the scenery, but see themselves in relation to this environment, attention that is brought inward. In observing oneself, one perhaps begins to notice a different self than the one present in the city,” says PrincipaI Architect, Ma Yansong.

Instinctively growing out of the mountainous landscape, the serene design sensibility of the viIlage is reflected in its natural setting. It offers a new type of vertical living that while architecturally complimenting the surrounding forest, also enhances the levels of comfort and well-being of its inhabitants, establishing a synergy between humans, nature, and the local culture. In its completion, “Huangshan Mountain Village” is a true expression of M a Yansong’s “Shanshui City” philosophy. The intention has not been to create architecture that references forms of nature, such as mountains and water, but instead to establish a space where people can reconnect with nature on a spiritual level to create architecture that evokes emotion and that embodies humanity’s pursuit for inner fulfillment.

The impression we have of Taiping Lake in Huangshan is vague: each visit to this place yields different views, different impressions. It is a bit mysterious, like ancient Shanshui landscape paintings that are never based on real ism, but rather, the imagination. This inexplicable feeling is always poetic; it is obscure and indistinct. This is the basic idea: we hope that resident s will not just look at the scenery, but see themselves in relation to this environment, attention that is brought inward. In observing oneself, one perhaps begins to notice a different self than the one present in the city;· says Principal Architect, Ma Yansong. Instinctively growing out of the mountainous landscape, the serene design sensibility of the village is ref1ected in its natural setting. It offers a new type of vertical living that while architecturally complimenting the surrounding forest, also enhances the levels of comfort and well-being of its inhabit ant s, establishing a synergy between humans, nature, and the local culture . In its completion, “Huangshan Mountain Village” is a true expression of Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui   City”   philosophy.   The intention has not been to create architecture that refers forms of nature, such as mountains and water, but instead to establish a space where people can reconnect with nature on a spiritual level to create architecture that evokes emotion and that embodies humanity’s pursuit for inner fulfillment.

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