This is a Moganshan. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick and made for (as the client) Tian An China Investments Company Ltd.. It is dated 2011–2018 (anticipated completion date).
How can a big new development relate to its surroundings?
For the studio’s design of a major new mixed-use project on a site next to the city’s M50 art district and an existing park, it was important that it responded to the area’s human scale. Their instinct was to break a huge building into smaller pieces supported by approximately 1,000 columns that they imagined as trees. The columns, built at different heights, appear to grow up through the building with a large planter for one or more trees atop each column, creating a vast tree-house city. The project is under construction and is due to be completed in 2018.
It is credited
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.