It’s officially known as the 1000 Trees building by Thomas Heatherwick’s studio, but the Shanghai shopping center recalls an ancient wonder. Take a drone tour of the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” building.
1,000 Trees looks impressive from just about any angle, but this drone tour of the building really shows how effectively the trees crown the 1000 columns that give the building its name.
The nine story building just opened in Shanghai, delighting residents with its greenery – as many as 100 thousand people visit daily. There are about 70 different types of tree sprouting from the columns, as well as an estimated quarter million other plants that keep the building looking healthy.
“Typically, big building projects like these are big, sterile blocks,” architect Thomas Heatherwick told the Dezeen website.
“Mixed developments with shopping and restaurants can weirdly sterilise places in spirit. We didn’t want to be the people that…