Koichi Takada Architects‘ design for a three-story marketplace in Shanghai is all about trees — both real and artificial — and forging a greener future for China. Called ‘solar trees marketplace’, the new commercial development is conceived as a gateway to a 155,000 sqm residential masterplan by client Tian An China. The organic-shaped building, which will be powered by solar energy, is currently under construction in shanghai’s Minhang district and is set to be complete by the end of 2021.
the program of solar trees marketplace spans a total floor area of 3450 sqm (37135.49 sqft). 32 architectural ‘trees’ inspired by shanghai’s forests create a sheltered canopy under which modular market stalls will be accommodated. just like real trees, the artificial trees will provide shelter and shade while letting fresh air flow through spaces. thanks to translucent canopies and solar panels, the structure will also generate its own power and create sun-filled interiors, making shoppers feel like they’re outside.