UK-based Heatherwick Studio has released new images 1000 Trees, a mixed-use development under construction in Shanghai.
Developer Tian An China is behind the sprawling urban project which spans 300,000sq m along the banks of the Suzhou River.
Located in a residential area 20 minutes from central Shanghai, 1000 Trees has been under construction since 2015.
“Since Shanghai was built, its cityscape has been inextricably linked to the Suzhou Creek, but over the years, greenery had drastically diminished under the pretext of growth,” the developer said of the project.
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Hong Kong, listed Tian An China Investments focuses on property development, hotel investment and management.
The project's first stage is scheduled for completion in 2020.
The development is split over two plots of land connected by a narrow government plot, and includes several historic buildings.
“1000 Trees is conceived not only as a building but as a piece of topography,” Heatherwick studio said, “and it takes the form of two tree-covered mountains, populated by hundreds of columns.”
The 15-acre site is located next to the M50 arts district and a public park.
The design studio described the integrated planting acting as a “natural balancing element” with the building’s edges lowered, “minimising the impact where it meets the art district and park, reducing the discernible threshold between them”.
The project has been re-planned as a commercial and entertainment complex, integrating a shopping mall, offices and a hotel with arts, heritage and greenery.