having announced its 300,000 square meter mega-complex back in 2015, world-renowned architecture firm heatherwick studio has begun construction on its massive ‘1000 trees’ project in shanghai. in total, the scheme contains 400 terraces, encouraging outdoor meetings and recreation. there is a strong contrast between the new development and the neighboring generic residential towers.


all images and video courtesy of donotsettle

 

 

heatherwick’s ‘1000 trees’ project is located on moganshan road, adjacent to shanghai’s M50 art street. as work on site moves ahead, filmmakers donotsettle have released aerial photos and videos featuring the placement of the trees atop the building. the aim is to create a 300,000 square meter mixed-use development within a residential area, surrounded by concrete towers on three sides.


the grid is rotated 45 degrees from the river and street edge

 

 

conceived not as a building but as a piece of topography, the design takes the form of two tree-covered mountains, populated by approximately one thousand structural columns. instead of being hidden behind the façade, the columns are the defining feature of the design, emerging from the building to support plants and trees.


the building volume rises up from the river front, forming its own topography


trees are already placed with their soil space


the building shows large parts of fair-faced concrete


when completed, the scheme will form a large 3-dimensional forest


concrete work is finalized


multiple terraces overlook the surroundings and the riverfront


the tree bases are formed out of the columns holding the building

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynn chaya | designboom

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