Insular solution make sustainability easy to achieve. As China moves forward we must acknowledge green planning can only be embedded within the larger urban networks.
The world's only true Megalopolis has been developing below the radar between Shanghai and Beijing. This proposal investigates infrastructure to streamline suburban growth into compact corridors.
Urban vision for Mumbai commissioned by the Guggenheim in collaboration with BMW. The yearlong planning and design project resulted in a range of solutions operational at a community scale, that effectively work together to impact sustainability at a city-wide level. At the heart, Manifesto United Mumbai: an in-depth planning strategy aimed to integrate slum and non-slum areas.
Incorporating slums within Mumbai's urban future, means connecting them, even when no space seems available.
For Caofeidian Ecocity, MARS Architects invited ten world renowned architects to apply its Evolutionary Planning model; designing in relay as a means to simulate the rich and long-term growth of an ecocity.
Cloud City is a design manual for Chinese ecocities that provides detailed tools to circumvent the challenges that come with flash-urbanization.
Urbanizing increasingly means de-urbanizing, nature providing the backbone of sustainable urban fabric
Right next to Beijing's CBD is Gaobeidian, or GBD. The plan for a new green design district spearheaded by the BOLONI furniture brand, aims to create a clear distinction between green and urban areas. Using a backbone for development all building projects can free grow along the strip but are also limited to a strip. The result is fully self-sustainable environment.
The weaving and folding planes of this ethnography museum, intersected by large vertical supports engenders this ancient tribal archetype. In its simplicity this archetype is future-proof. The long sleek lines define a museum of the twenty-first century.
300 Meter tall bank building in the heart of Chongqing. Winning bidding.
The Chengdu National Image Museum is both a comprehensive urban connector and an immersive experience, providing a broad creative platform for the community at large.
Sofia, international competition for Sports Brand HQ. Winning Entry.
"... flawless integration of a complex program with a spectacular user experience"
"...a surprising solution that proves sustainable can be sexy!"
Winning bid for the new National Image Museum Chengdu, China.
Tourist Center Shanghai. Combining a footbridge and shopping street, this commission achieves a new leisure hub in Shanghai that persuades people to activate the public domain by offering more comfortable outdoor spaces.
Salvaging Helsinki's old central plaza means breaking competition rules. In return this library proposal becomes the icon to unlock Helsinki's cultural potential.
WINNING ENTRY HENAN PAVILION AT THE SHANGHAI WORLD EXPO 2010. DESIGNED FOR CRYSTAL CG.
300 Meter tall bank building in the heart of Chongqing. Winning entry, required schemes 2 and 3.
By connecting the air and light wells in the Tianjin Planning Museum and Municipal Office Tower underground, the height of the tower generates sufficient draft for natural ventilation.
RECYCLING THE BRICKS AND THE TRADITIONAL COURTYARD TYPOLOGY TO REVIVE THE ARTIST'S MEMORIES.
Balancing on Quito's hillsides this upmarket housing estate is able to get natural light even from the mountain side all year round, while crevices let the winds flow through in every direction. In progress, in collaboration with Lucas Correa.
An integrate bamboo system becomes the fully flexible modular structure of this sustainable mobile primary school in Myanmar.
This planning hall provides a building and landscape that merge into one. As the city expands the soil is absorbed into the growing hills in the park that surrounds the museum.
This mall achieves an intricate collaboration between urban and commercial space. Public areas are shaped according to the rules of retail, to become sublime inconspicuous selling space.
OnexOne Flagship Store in Xintiandi, Shanghai is based on a tailor-made modular display system of 24 showcases that rotate independently, creating an ever evolving layout
The Water Bench is outdoor furniture that collects and stores rainwater through functional cushions. Inspired by Chesterfield sofas, the Water Bench brings a comfortable local water conservation solution to the public domain.
FREEZE is a response to the need to achieve non-political space to accommodate an evolved humanity; a Noah’s Ark of ideas roaming freely as the world’s sea levels are rising.
Dream Wall is a neon-installation that displays an animation detailing how we could streamline the Chinese city. Increasingly generic, the Chinese city relies on superficial means for its appearance, as real identity bleaches out.
Beijing Boom Tower is an exploration in density. BBT offers twice the average floor space of a suburban home in LA at 10x Manhattan density; an antidote for severe gateification.
Water is our most essential resource; yet it is increasingly synonymous with inequality, disease, and environmental degradation. We have sought to provide a range of decentralized solutions, designed to be networked together into larger water systems.
Made out of hand-woven reclaimed seatbelts, the Club Chair is both comfortable and responsible. As a love chair made for two, it inspires romance and old-time car seat nostalgia.
Smart and sustainable modular furniture and commercial display systems
The Greedy Lamp is a sculptural lighting feature that unites the coziness of seven different lamp shades into a single modern standing or hanging light fixture. Coming autumn 2013.
MARS Architects Shanghai