MADA / by Michelle Linden

MADA - Qing Pu Thumb Island

MADA - Vanke


The write up on the Qing Pu Thumb Island project on MANA's own website states that "the theory of Chinese landscape, space, materials and energy are in continuous flux in between the man-made and natural landscape." The cohabitation of man-made and natural landscape in this project brings a sense of human scale and power to an important (and quite large) structure. Clearly, the integration of the landscape and structure is was makes the project so successful.

I would argue that this same continuous flux between man-made and natural landscape is prevalent in many of MANA's designs. While we often think of natural landscape as greenery, I think that the existing urban fabric can also be considered a natural landscape.

The Vanke is a commercial element located in a residential development... Specifically placed in the urban landscape, this project intends to affect the surrounding environment just as much as the environment affects its design and use. Another example of MANA's mastery of the flux between man-made and natural landscape is the Wuxi CBD. Wuxi CBD challenges the concept of city blocks (which are less relevant in China due to common land ownership) encouraging the flux of programs, experience, and movement. Even in these urban environments, the natural or urban landscape has been carefully integrated with MANA's architectural designs.