construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
 

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway

having announced its 300,000 square meter mega-complex back in 2015, london-based firm heatherwick studio has now 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.

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
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.

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
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.

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
the building volume rises up from the river front, forming its own topography

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
trees are already placed with their soil space

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
the building shows large parts of fair-faced concrete

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
when completed, the scheme will form a large 3-dimensional forest

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
concrete work is finalized

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
multiple terraces overlook the surroundings and the riverfront

construction on heatherwick studio's 1000 trees complex in shanghai well underway
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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