The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, China

The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, located in Nanjing, China, is a city-scale urban project designed by "MAD Architects", led by Ma Yansong.
The mixed-use development has an overall building area of approximately 560,000 sqm, comprised of commercial, hotel, office, and residential programs. the high-rise structures (with a height of 120 m), located at the edge of the site, are characterized by vertical shading fins and permeable glass screens composed in a visually flowing form, reminiscent of waterfalls. This enclosure system creates interior spaces with plentiful light and ventilation, producing a subtle and calming environment. Additionally, ponds, waterfalls, brooks, and pools connect the buildings with the landscape both visually and functionally, serving to collect and recycle rainwater.
The Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center is currently in the third and final phase of construction and is expected to be completed in 2020.

This project is envisioned within the traditional Chinese ethos of ‘Shanshui’: an achieved spiritual harmony between nature and humanity. This theme is carried out by creating unified and contemplative spaces that relate closely with the environment, while also meeting the material needs of current day urban living.


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