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MAD Architects to build their first residential project in the U.S.A.

by Sophie Cullen on Jun 22, 2015 in Architecture
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Community living and nature meet amidst the busy streets of Beverly Hills

Community living and nature meet amidst the busy streets of Beverly Hills

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.

MAD courtyard 8600

The secret garden incorporates trees, native plantings and a reflective pool

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.

By night, the white glass villas will reveal the floating illusion to maximum effect

By night, the white glass villas will reveal the floating illusion to maximum effect

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