Upon first glance, MAD Architects’ latest project for Chongqing, China looks like an impossibility. The project, entitled Urban Forest, features a stacked set of floors that cantilever drastically from their central support. The floors are designed to bring more nature and open space into a densely compacted urban area.
More images and more about the project after the break.
The building is a commercial high-rise whose form was inspired by the mountainous typology of the surroundings. Each one of the seventy floors is unique with a different abstract curved shape and layered slightly off-center from it neighboring floors. The floors give an organic and textured effect to the façade as it rises into the sky.
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer users an uninterrupted panoramic of the city as a way to combine nature with the urban metropolis. Pools, trees and courtyards are scattered about the walk-around balconies providing an aesthetic which is quite different from the typical office or residential space.
As seen on Inhabitat