Global architecture firm MAD Architects has revealed their first residential project for the U.S., 8600 Wilshire , in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Expecting to break ground in October, the company – founded by Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004 – hopes to bring the nature seen in the L.A. foothills adjacent to the property into the design of the 18-unit residential space.
Flora and fauna are at the heart of the design, with trees growing from the rooftop of the property to contrast the surrounding skyline. 8600 Wilshire is wrapped in a "living wall" of drought tolerant succulents and vines. The wall fits around perforated windows and creates an illusion of a floating plinth at the top of the structures.
The village offers a variety of housing options for residents including three townhouses, five villas, two studios and eight condominiums. Sitting atop a commercial space, the "hillside village" offers both privacy and community options for residents, with such features as individual balconies and an elevated courtyard and private garden.