In an attempt to combat the growing pollution issue in Shanghai, Heatherwick Studio’s initiative, “1000 Trees”, aims to bring green to a development split over two areas of land which are connected by several historic buildings and government property.

Some perceive the development as more of a work of topography rather than an architectural development. From a distance, it looks as if it is a mountain of trees are in the middle of a big Chinese metropolis. It is quite a scene.

“The integrated planting acts as a natural balancing element and the building’s edges are lowered to minimize the impact where it meets the art district and park, reducing the discernible threshold between them,” says Heatherwick Studio. The project has been in the works for nearly five years, starting in 2015.