MAD proposes 'living garden' as home of the future at china house vision 2018

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MAD architects presents its model for the ‘home of the future’ envisioning an ‘en-plein-air’ atmosphere that aims to break down the boundaries between interior and exterior, giving inhabitants the feeling that they are living in nature. in place of a traditional home – where walls and roofs form boundaries – a curved, floating roof slopes downwards atop an open grid-like structure.

layered with translucent, waterproof glass, the undulating top protects the ‘interior’ from the rain, whilst providing natural ventilation, and allowing sunlight to flood inside. MAD has strategically placed solar panels above, the angle of each perfectly positioned to harnesses maximum amounts of sunlight and provide power throughout the home. collectively, they generate enough electric energy to power the daily consumption of a family of three.

‘maintaining an openness towards the sky and its surroundings, ‘living garden’ sees life, (solar) energy, and nature coincide, seamlessly blending together to create an architectural ‘living’ landscape‘, it reads in a statement released by the studio. ‘one that emphasizes humanity’s emotional connection with nature.‘

the studio presents this model on the occasion of the 2018 china house vision exhibition conceived in partnership with chinese multinational renewable energy company, hanergy, who provided the solar panels. the china house vision exhibition is adjacent to the bird’s nest (inside beijing’s olympic park) from september 21st – november 6th, 2018.

about china house vision

the 2018 china house vision exhibition teams 10 international architecture firms with 10 innovative companies to create their ideal ‘home of the future’ in the form of a 1:1 scale pavilion. initiated by japanese graphic designer and curator kenya hara, house vision is a cultural research project that seeks to use the “home” as a medium to consider the possibilities of future living. having already had editions in tokyo, the 2018 exhibition is the first one abroad, and showcases10 diverse living environments that address future living in china, through the cross-collaboration of different disciplines: architecture, design, technology, manufacturing etc.


principal partners: ma yansong, yosuke hayano, dang qun

design team: xiao ying, yang xuebin, kazushi miyamoto, yu qiang, chen luman

chief architects: mad architects

collaborator: hanergy thin film power group limited

executive architects: ccdi (shenzhen) co., ltd.

façade consultant: rfr asia

structure: hongya bamboo era co., ltd.

bamboo-steel connectors and solar bracket: beijing haihuihang decoration engineering co., ltd.

landscaping: original ecology landscape co., ltd.

flooring: beijing tianzhuo trading co., ltd.

glass curtain wall: beijing xinyecheng curtain wall engineering co., ltd.

decorative beam: beijing songzhuang hongda sculpture art co., ltd.

MAD proposes 'living garden' as home of the future at china house vision 2018