Photo by Nic Lehoux Chinese firm MAD has completed the Gardenhouse residential building in Beverly Hills , which is designed to look like a village on top of a hill. Composed of 18 gabled residences set on top of a three-storey podium largely covered in planting, the complex at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard, is MAD ‘s first completed project in the US. The exterior of the base is covered in native planting, drought-tolerant succulents and vines, which make it the “largest living wall” in the US, according to the studio. Photo by Darren Bradley As its first project in America, Gardenhouse provided the opportunity for the firm to experiment with its Shanshui City concept , which aims to translate Chineses landscape paintings, known as shan-shui, into architecture. MAD’s Huangshan Mountain Village and Chaoyang Park Plaza in China also aim to follow this concept. “Gardenhouse represents a unique opportunity to impact not only the architecture of Los Angeles but to introduce a new paradigm of living on the West Coast where humans are more emotionally connected to nature, particularly in high-density cities like Los Angeles,” said MAD founder Ma Yansong. “We are elated to see Gardenhouse reach completion and hope that […]


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