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MAD designs China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin
Beijing, January 09, 2011 – MAD today unveiled their new museum for Chinese wood sculptures in Harbin. As the main
city of Northern China, Harbin is in the process of defining itself as a regional hub for the arts at a time when the historic
city is rapidly expanding.Inspired by the unique local winter landscapes, the museum is a contrast between the elegance
of nature and the speed of daily life. Its 200 meter long body is shaped as a frozen fluid that reflects and explores the
relation between the building and the environment.
The interior of the museum combines two different exhibitions connected by a centralized entrance which both separates
the two museums while simultaneously joining them, achieving a symbiotic relationship. Skylights flood daylight into the
voids adjacent to the galleries, creating optimum viewing conditions and scenic moments in and around the building.
MAD was commissioned to design three cultural building in 2009; the structure of the museum was recently completed
while the design for an opera house and cultural centre is to be finished in February.
About MAD – Beijing based MAD is dedicated to innovation in architectural practice. As a leading voice in the new
generation of design, MAD examines and develops unique futuristic solutions, exploring a renewed understanding of
nature and advanced technology. MAD defines architecture as a man-made symbiosis, in harmony with nature, giving
people the freedom to develop their own independent urban experience. The work of MAD has been exhibited worldwide.
Most recently founding Architect Ma Yansong was awarded with a RIBA International fellowship, making him the first
Chinese architect to receive this prize.
MAD currently has 9 projects under construction including: the Absolute Towers near Toronto and the Erdos Museum in
Inner Mongolia, the Sinosteel International Plaza, a 358M high-rise building in Tianjin, and the Urban Forest Highrise in