Shanghai’s 1000 Trees Project Takes Shape
From Thomas Heatherwick comes the 1000 Trees project, a massive mixed use development just outside of Shanghai. Described more as future topography than as architecture, the complex has a distinctive stepped profile, populated by enormous planters and trees. Set on Suzhou Creek, the development is part of the city’s trendy M50 district.
Hundreds of columns help support the building and each hold several trees, combining to create a manmade forest of over 25,000 specially selected tree species. Referred to as the two mountains, it’s an impressive addition to a city full of concrete.