Arch. Myriam B. Mahiques Curriculum Vitae

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Giant Interactive Group. Offices by Morphosis in Shangai

¨When Mayne and his team first visited the site, they found farms and a flat landscape. Other architects might have seen a featureless setting, but Mayne envisioned the land playing an active role in the project.Since learning about Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, and other “earth artists” in the 1980s, Mayne had designed a number of projects — including the Crawford Residence in Santa Monica (1990) and the Diamond Ranch School in Pomona (1999) — that dug into and engaged their sites. “Giant is the culmination of this train of thought,” states Mayne.(...)Working with the landscape architecture firm SWA, which had master-planned the 44.5-acre site as a parklike setting with a new lake connected to existing canals, Morphosis designed the building as a series of snaking forms burrowing under and through the land. Almost all of the western half of the building (containing shared elements such as an indoor pool, a gymnasium, and a hotel for corporate guests) sits below a 164,000-square-foot green roof, which reads from afar as a faceted hill or folded meadow. The east half of the complex (containing the general offices, executive offices, auditorium, cafe, and library) jumps over a highway bisecting the site and reaches out to the lake. In a dramatic flourish, the east wing cantilevers out 115 feet, hovering above the lake with a glass floor offering views of the rippling water below.(...)While the enormous green roof, the lake, and a series of plazas and courtyards carved into the building offer employees ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, Mayne’s approach to nature is anything but naturalistic. “It’s an augmented landscape,” says the architect.¨

Excerpt from the article by Clifford A. Pearson. For Architectural Record
All pictures downloaded from Architectural Record


  1. Que espectacular, estos Chinos me siguen asombrando más cada día! Cariños

  2. Así es Silvia, el estudio de arquitectos Morphosis es norteamericano. Tuve la suerte de poder charlar y mostrar un trabajo nuestro con Thom Mayne, el titular, allá por los 90, en Buenos Aires.
    Un beso,



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