For the ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles” exhibition, at the A+D Museum, China-based firm, MAD Architects, has developed an innovative high-density housing scheme, known as Cloud Corridor. Featuring nine greenery-covered skyscrapers, connected by means of sky bridges, the plan is based on the firm’s famous “Shan-Shui City” building concept.
Spread over 9,000-square-meter, the complex would likely be situated along Museum Row, an area in downtown LA that is home to a number of famous museums, like the LA County Museum of Art, the Peterson Automotive Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum and so on. Rising from a single, expansive podium, all of the nine residential towers would reach a maximum height of around 167 meters. According to Ma Yonsong, the firm’s founder, the skyscrapers’ staggered design is actually reminiscent of the mountain ranges, depicted in the traditional Shan shui style of Chinese painting. He said:
Cloud Corridor addresses the concern of sprawl in cities and presents a typological alternative: the high-density vertical village. By reorienting the streets vertically, nine interconnected residential towers redistribute the urban fabric to cohere disparate neighborhoods into a vertical village with public spaces and gardens in the sky.
The towers would feature scattered pockets of greenery, with each of the floors containing a lush garden patio. Extending outward from the building’s main structure, these platforms would offer breathtaking views of the city below. The verdant podium, at the base of the skyscrapers, would contain several trees and plants, growing from its gently-rolling surface. The ground, underneath the podium, would house a private lobby for the residents as well as metro station patrons. The studio added:
Proposed as an urban landmark, Cloud Corridor expresses a devotion to nature. Elevated corridors and multi-level garden patios shape the city skyline and provide viewing platforms for residents to overlook the bustling activity below and the natural landscape beyond. Merging infrastructure with nature, Cloud Corridor’s podium blurs the boundary between urban landscape and natural scenery.
To know more about MAD Architects, head over to the firm’s official website.