Announced today in a press release, the Centre Pompidou in Paris has permanently acquired 12 architectural models by Beijing-based MAD Architects. Representing 10 of the firm's most recently completed and ongoing projects, developed between 2005 and the present day, this collection will be showcased in an upcoming exhibition at the Centre Pompidou this April.
"Each model uniquely exemplifies MAD’s architectural vision, and expresses the firm’s core values which look to envisioning a futuristic architecture that is akin to dream-like earthscapes—one that creates a conversation with nature, the earth, and the sky," according to the firm's website. The acquired collection includes models of projects such as the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles (under construction), the UNIC residential complex in Paris (under construction), Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing (completed in 2017), the Clover House in Okazaki, Japan (completed in 2016), and the Harbin Opera House in Harbin, China (completed in 2015).
Since its establishment in 2004, MAD has worked across a variety of typologies, including urban planning, residential, mixed-use, cultural, and office complexes. The firm is led by founder Ma Yansong and principal partners Dang Qun and Yosuke Hayano, and has offices in Beijing, Rome, and Los Angeles.
Last month, Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron donated a large collection of materials belonging to nine of its realized and unrealized projects to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.