MAD Architects build mountain village in UNESCO World Heritage Site; Lloyd Alter; Tree Hugger

China – Mount Huangshan

They call it “a new type of village landscape: one where architecture becomes nature, and nature dissolves into architecture.”

I have long been mad for MAD Architects, who made their name outside of China with the shapely Absolute condos they built in Mississauga, Ontario but have been working everywhere since. They recently completed Huangshan Mountain Village in Huangshan National Park in China. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, up there with the Great Barrier Reef — a site of “superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.” It also has cultural value and is a natural habitat.\

UNESCO world heritage sites usually have to be preserved intact or risk losing their designation. So how did an apartment complex, as beautiful as it is, come to be placed in it? According to MAD, via ArchDaily,

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