Chinese architecture office MAD has unveiled patterns for a residential task resembling a hilltop village for Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.
Consisting of 18 white dwellings clustered above foliage-clad outlets, the 8600 Wilshire scheme will introduce “a new model for West Coast vernacular” to the low-rise sprawl of Wilshire Boulevard.
“In substantial-density cities, Modernist and Post-Modernist housing normally prioritised functions and formats more than human relationships to the surroundings,” MAD explained. “For 8600 Wilshire, MAD considers the likelihood of a new model for West Coast vernacular amid the sprawling density of Los Angeles.”
The complex is MAD’s 1st residential building in the United States and could be its first finished venture in the country, since work on the firm’s George Lucas Museum in Chicago has been suspended amid ongoing legal disputes.
The project reflects MAD founder Ma Yansong’s preoccupation with fusing architecture and nature.
“MAD proposes a harmonious architectural area of human expertise by placing residents in the spiritual landscape of nature,” the firm explained.
8600 Wilshire will consist of a mixture of villa-style townhouses, villas, studios and condominiums set amid trees and arranged around an elevated “secret garden”.
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The village steadily rises in height in direction of Wilshire Boulevard, culminating in a cliff face that will be covered in a residing wall of native drought-tolerant succulents and creepers.
The residing wall is minimize off at ground level, where the street frontage will be lined with glass-fronted commercial units.
Perform is anticipated to begin on the project in October.
Other MAD projects that explore ways of combining urban and organic typologies include a venture to insert tree-covered terraces into a Rome office block and its “shan-shui city” schemes inspired by a traditional Chinese type of painting.
Yansong has taken the shan shui artwork type – which presents idealised landscapes of dramatic rock formations, waterfalls and lakes – and used it as a model for a series of proposals for mountain-like skyscrapers in Beijing, Nanjing and other Chinese cities.
“Shan shui you can practically translate as ‘mountain and water’,” mentioned Yansong in a video interview with Dezeen last 12 months. “In conventional Chinese culture there are a lot of paintings about shan shui, but now we’re talking about a shan-shui city.”
8600 Wilshire was this week named as 1 of the winners of the Design Idea category at the 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council.
Directors: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Associate partner: LU Junliang(Dixon)
Design crew: LI Guangchong, Flora Lee, Cesar D Pena Del Rey, Jeffrey Miner, Joanna Tan, Chris Hung-Yu Chen
Executive architect: Gruen Associates
Landscape architect: Gruen Associates
Interior designer: Rottet Studio
Structural engineer: John Labib & Associates
MEP engineer: Breen Engineering Inc.
Civil engineer: Breen Engineering Inc.
Environmental engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.