MAD Works MAD Architects by Ma Yansong Published by Phaidon

MAD Works MAD Architects is the first complete monograph of one of the most exciting, innovative and dynamic young architecture practices in the world, and the most important contemporary architecture practice to have emerged from China in the past 15 years.

With projects grouped thematically by conceptual influence, the book explores past, future and un-built projects by Ma Yansong and his award-winning global architectural firm, charting development of the futuristic, organic and technologically-advanced designs the studio has become renowned for.

Ma Yansong started in Zaha Hadid’s office before forming his own company in 2004. Now led by Ma Yansong, Dang Qun and Yosuke Hayano, MAD has offices in Beijing and Los Angeles, and an international portfolio of projects, including the legendary Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada and the Harbin Opera House in Heilongjiang, China. The book presents 28 of MAD’s projects, including the design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago due for completion in 2019, for which MAD Architects won a high-profile international design competition. This marked the first time a Chinese architect had been appointed to design an international landmark building project.

Ma Yansong also presents MAD Architects’ exhibitions, installations and designs as a way to further illustrate the ethos behind his practice. These include collaborations with Olafur Eliasson on an installation piece, as well as hypothetical designs to rebuild the World Trade Centre in New York. The book provides insight into buildings currently under construction, a preview of MAD’s future projects, and a survey of their completed works.

MAD Works MAD Architects is illustrated with photographs, architectural drawings, and 3D visualizations to provide a thorough exploration of MAD Architect’s international portfolio. Ma Yansong also provides an explanatory essay on the approach he takes with MAD Architects. Featuring a foreword by Sir Peter Cook, founder of Archigram, and an exclusive interview by Aric Chen, Curator of Architecture and Design at M+, MAD Works presents and examines the work of MAD Architects in the early stages of its already extraordinary career.