Koichi Takada Unveils Solar Trees Marketplace in Shanghai
The long-awaited Solar Trees Marketplace, a futuristic creation by Koichi Takada Architects has recently opened its doors on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, and stands as a visual reminder of a greener and more sustainable future. Positioned on a site that used to be a dense forest just a few decades ago, the project is an initiative to reintroduce green spaces into this rapidly expanding city, drawing inspiration from the area’s historical past. The first phase of the retail space is now open and serves as a sales and display suite for an adjacent 155,000 square meters residential development, also designed by Koichi Takada Architects. The tree-like organic structure emerges with a biophilic architecture and acts as a welcoming entrance to the masterplan, emphasizing a pedestrian-friendly environment and green spaces within the urban setting. Thirty-two architectural ‘trees,’ inspired by Shanghai’s forests, form a protective canopy of photovoltaic cells, and similar to real trees, they offer shelter and shade while allowing fresh air to circulate through the spaces.