Function is effectively underway on Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” in Shanghai, as shown in this flyover film filmed by a drone.

One particular thousand trees dot the terraced forms of Moganshan, a project designed by Thomas Heatherwick’s London studio for a six-hectare website adjacent to Shanghai’s principal art district, M50.

A rendering of the project was first unveiled in December 2015, but this footage shot by architects Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost reveals that the concrete structure of the 300,000 mixed-use development is currently in spot, with trees installed in its columnar planters.


Pratomo, who is primarily based in the Netherlands, and Provoost, based in Shanghai, shot the video making use of a DJI Mavic Pro drone and published it on their YouTube channel #donotsettle.

The pair have shot a quantity of architectural projects in Shanghai for the channel, including OMA’s Lujiazui Harbour City Exhibition Centre and Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho constructing.

Moganshan, China by Heatherwick StudiosHeatherwick Studio first unveiled plans for the vast tree-covered development beside Shanghai’s art district in December 2015

Heatherwick Studio describes Moganshan as a pair of “tree-covered mountains”. Set to complete next year, it will incorporate housing, offices, shops, hotel rooms and a college.

Blocks of varying heights will create a staggered roofline for the development, with the tallest sections forming the tip of a huge wedge-shaped block at one finish of the internet site.

“Conceived not as a developing but as a piece of topography, the design takes the form of two tree-covered mountains, populated by approximately 1 thousand structural columns,” said the studio, when the project was first revealed.

Thomas Heatherwick ranked at quantity 23 on the inaugural Dezeen Hot List. His studio also recently completed work on a new arts and culture centre in Shanghai, which it developed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, and is functioning with Large on a new London campus for Google, featuring large rooftop garden, a operating track and a swimming pool.

Moganshan, China by Heatherwick Studios

Heatherwick reveals Shanghai complicated envisaged as “two tree-covered mountains”