MADA s.p.a.m.’s Thumb Island project, a new community center in the dynamic Shanghai neighborhood of Qingpu, is part landscape, part building. Situated in the middle of a lake, the building’s gently sloping roofs form parallel sine waves; covered in grass and walking paths, these surfaces are a functioning public park.
When Ma designed a house for his father outside their home city of Xián, it became a learning experience. Working with the local employment cycle, it took 11 years to build.
Ma’s house in Pasadena, California, is a renovation. His long-term plans for the site include building an addition and then expanding into the adjacent lot, which he also owns.
The Well Hall outside Xián is now of the same resort complex as the Father’s House. Its roof line is both geometrically modern and convincingly traditional.
The Ningbo Central Commercial District (right) is a “megastructure” for business in Ningbo.
Architect Qingyun Ma, who is the dean of architecture at the University of Southern California.
The Ningbo Central Business District, completed in 2002 in Ningbo, China.
The Longyang Residential Complex, completed in 2003 in Shanghai, China.
An overview of Thumb Island in Shanghai, a project Ma created in 2006.
The CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China. It was completed in 2002, in collaboration with OMA.
The Shenzhen Stock Exchange, completed in 2007 in collaboration with OMA.