MAD Architects unveils China’s ‘floating feather’ airport design for Changchun

Written by Stephy Chung, CNN

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One of China’s most famous architects, Ma Yansong, has revealed his firm’s vision of a serene new airport terminal in the northeastern city of Changchun, Jilin Province.

Intended to look like a “floating feather” when viewed from above, the design was revealed Tuesday after Ma’s Beijing-based MAD Architects won an international competition to climb the ladder. Changchun’s Longjia International Airport expansion plan.

Covering an area of ​​nearly 270,000 square meters (2.9 million square feet), the sprawling fan-shaped building will link up with the airport’s two existing terminals while connecting directly to downtown Changchun. via road and subway. When completed, it is expected to serve 22 million passengers a year, although an opening date has yet to be announced.

MAD Architects said the inspiration for the feather was the inspiration for the planes that would take off and land from the airport every day.

MAD Architects said the inspiration for the feather was the inspiration for the planes that would take off and land from the airport every day. Credit: MAD Architects

Created in collaboration with the China Institute of Airport Planning & Design and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, the proposal is among a series of eye-catching new — or expanded — airports opening across China. Country. Supervised by both international and local architects, recently completed projects include Beijing Starfish Architecture Daxing International Airportled by renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, and Chengdu New Tianfu International Airportshaped like a nectar-sucking bird in mythology.
According to the Transport Network Planning Outline issued by the Chinese government in early 2021, the country purpose there are 400 airports in use by 2035 — a significant jump from 241 airports in operation in 2020.

Digital renderings released by MAD Architects show the Changchun station building covered in white, with openings along the domes gently letting in natural light while emitting artificial light. create, create elegant golden effect. The terminal holds what the company describes as a “three-toed corridor structure,” with planes parked neatly around 54 gates.

Natural light will filter through the feather-shaped roof.

Natural light will filter through the feather-shaped roof. Credit: MAD Architects

A digital rendering of the airport terminal interior.

A digital rendering of the airport terminal interior. Credit: MAD Architects

“The future large-scale transport hub is first and foremost an important public space in the city,” Ma said in a press release about his company’s award-winning design. “Art, synthesis, diversity and humanity are all important.”

Nature-inspired aspects of the design include an indoor garden and trees, as well as a wooden ceiling that resembles the surrounding woods. The fluid, curvilinear aesthetic matches the repertoire of MAD Architects, with the company’s buildings often represented by traditional Chinese “shanshui” (or “mountain and water”) landscape paintings. Country.

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Ma famously designed the Ordos Museum of Inner Mongolia, with the intention of representing the sunrise over the surrounding grasslands and Fake Hill, an undulating residential area by the sea in Beihai, southern China. He is also one of the few Chinese architects to have won major overseas commissions, including the Sensual Absolute Tower (nicknamed “Marilyn”) in Ontario, Canada, and the Museum of Narrative Art. LA’s upcoming Lucas story, an otherworldly art space founded by “Star Wars” author George Lucas. Set to open in 2025, the latter will include a grassy landscaped terrace and 100,000 square feet of gallery space.

“I think in our modern cities there’s a lot of boxes, there’s a lot of straight lines,” he told CNN in an interview. Interviewed in 2017. “They usually deal with efficiency, function, structure.

“There is no nature. People like being close to nature and other people, so we need to create environments that allow people to have these emotional connections.”


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