Tuesday, November 24, 2009

V.O.B. - Architecture: MAD architects studio visit : sinosteel international plaza

MAD architects.

ma yansong, founder of MAD architects gave designboom a personal tour of the beijing based studio
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ma showing us the project of the sinosteel international plaza in the binhai economic district in tianjin
(project of 2006 - under construction - scheduled to complete in 2012)
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tianjin will be the third special economic zone in china,
after the city of shenzhen in the 1980's, and pudong district in shanghai in the 1990's.

sinosteel, china's nationalized steel giant, commissioned MAD to create two towers
within the binhai economic district in tianjin: an office tower of 358 metres,
and a 95 metre hotel (358,886 sqm in total; tower A 228,638 sqm /358; tower B 69,216 sqm / 95 m).

a view into the architecture studio of MAD
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the model of the sinosteel towers is in the center, between the two models of absolute towers
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the façade (right) is made up of five different sizes of hexagonal windows
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close-up of the model
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a hexagonal pattern on the façade, multiplying and growing across, creating an
ever-changing image of the building from each different perspective

ma explaining to us the facade structure development
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the design concept combines shape, structure and cultural symbolism in one repeated motif:
hexagonal steel structure vs diagonal structure and transitions
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the sinosteel international plaza project sheets are displayed in the office
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the varied honeycomb also improves the building's energy efficiency
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although the façade pattern at first appears random, it actually responds to the climatic
conditions of the site. by mapping the different air-flows and solar direction across the site,
and positioning the windows accordingly, it is possible to minimize heat loss in the winter
and heat gain in the summer.

rendering of street level entrance
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the windows flow across the building in an irregular, naturally occurring pattern, like cells multiplying
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