Residential architecture too, is making strides. Set among the Heritage Listed peaks that have inspired artists for decades, Huangshang Mountain Village is MAD Architects’s response to biomimicry, which uses form, function and heeds to topography to develop ten residential buildings. Informed by the nearby teafields, no two of the ten are the same. Rather, each of the buildings are conceived to align with the natural curves and contours of the mountain it is set within, as well as to appear sculpted by wind and water.
The dialogue between lake, earth and sky is critical, and Huangshang Mountain Village’s footprint reflects this. Apartments are designed to extend from interior to exterior and create a sense of immersion in the surrounds for dwellers. “This is the basic idea,” Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD Architects, explains. “We hope that residents will not just look at the scenery, but see themselves in relation to this environment, an attention that is brought inward. In observing oneself, one perhaps begins to notice a different self than the one present in the city,” he says. In utilising natural design elements, MAD Architects have created a new kind of landscape: one where the line between environment and architecture is blurry at best.