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1000 Trees Shanghai, China OPENING: Unknown ARCHITECT: Heatherwick Studio

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esigned by Heatherwick Studio for the developer Tian An China, 1000 Trees is a mixed-use

development 20 minutes from central Shanghai

that spans 300,000sq m. It will include housing and offices as well as shops, hotel rooms and a school.

Conceived not only as a building, but also as a piece

of topography, 1000 Trees takes the form of two tree-

covered mountains, populated by hundreds of columns. Rather than hiding the columns, which provide

structural support, the columns emerge at the top of the

building as large planters, each holding a handful of trees. The 15-acre site is located next to the M50 arts

district and a public park. The development is split over two plots of land connected by a narrow government plot and incorporates several historic buildings.

The integrated planting acts as a natural balancing

element and the building’s edges are lowered to

minimise the impact where it meets the art district and

park, reducing the discernible threshold between them.

Heatherwick’s 1000 Trees mixed use development is under construction in Shanghai, China

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