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Thomas Heatherwick unveils 1,000 Trees shopping centre in Shanghai



British designerThomas Heatherwick has unveiled a plant-covered shopping centre in Shanghai, China, that incorporates over 1,000 trees and 250,000 plants.
Named 1,000 Trees to reference its planting, the nine-storey building was designed to resemble a greenery-covered mountain.
Top and above: 1,000 Trees is located alongside Suzhou Creek in Shanghai
Located alongside the M50 art district and the Suzhou Creek, the block officially opened to the public last month.
The latest images released byHeatherwick Studio show the exterior of the project for developerTian An at night, as well as inside the building.
Trees are contained within large planters
The structure of the retail development was built with a grid of concrete columns arranged at a 45-degree angle to the river. Each of the columns is topped with a planter thatcontains a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, as well as shrubs and hanging plants.

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Over 1,000 trees and 250,000 plants have been placed on the building in total.
Heatherwick hopes that the grid and numerous planters will help to break down the mass of the development that contains 166 retail units.
Columns that pass through the building are topped with planters
"1,000 Trees is inspired by the idea of making cities into social spaces," he said.
"It breaks down the monolithic scale of a typical retail developm...
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