Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Simply Mad Architecture

I guess here's my progression.... in the 1970's: Progressive Rock fan, YES fan, Roger Dean album cover fan, Roger Dean art fan, Roger Dean architecture fan. Bought his book VIEWS. Then I visited the Xanadu "Home of the Future" in Florida and was hooked on curves!
Roger Dean living room
Xanadu is now demolished, but it's psychological imprint remains. And it's true, from the vantage point of 1985, the homes of the near future did not look anything like Xanadu, but more like the boxy homes of the 1970's with a more open floorplan filled with so-called energy efficient appliances. Boring.
A womb with a view
Luckily there ARE still forward-thinking architects working on REAL projects around the world.
Kansas City Library, MO, USA
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Deserving some recognition is a more recent addition to the ranks of modern "from the ground up" architecture. They are called MAD.

Check out their website

MAD works in forward-looking environments to develop futuristic architecture based on a contemporary interpretation of the eastern spirit of nature. All of MAD's projects - from residential complexes or offices to cultural centres - desire to protect a sense of community and orientation toward nature, offering people the freedom to develop their own experience. 

Founded in 2004 by Ma Yansong, the office first earned worldwide attention in 2006 by winning an international competition to design a residential tower near Toronto (see rendering below), expected to be completed in the summer of 2012.

Check out some of their work:
Art and City Museum, Ordos, Inner Mongolia 
Absolute Towers, near Toronto, Canada
Meadow Clubhouse, Ulangbutong District, Inner Monogolia
Waves on the Beach

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