MAD has built a cluster of housing towers in China’s Anhui province, which take their forms from the granite contours of the Huangshan mountain range.
Ten housing blocks make up MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village. The floorplates of each one decrease in scale towards the summit, tapering to create a peak-like formation along the edge of Taiping Lake.
The development is located in picturesque Huangshan, near the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi, both UNESCO heritage sites.
Designed for the property developer Greenland Hong Kong Holdings, it forms part of a wider masterplan for Huangshan Taiping Lake, which will provide facilities over a 100-hectare site at the popular tourist destination.
‘The impression we have of Taiping Lake in Huangshan is vague: each visit to this place yields different views, different impressions,” said Ma.
“It is a bit mysterious, like ancient Shanshui landscape paintings that are never based on realism, but rather, the imagination. This inexplicable feeling is always poetic; it is obscure and indistinct.”