Los Angeles Could Have a New Look Sooner Than We Think
MAD Architects—a Chinese firm known for redefining the way we live in residential buildings—has proposed a futuristic housing development for the city that features sculptural towers cloaked in gardens and connected by sky bridges. Since its founding in 2004, the firm has gained global recognition, most notably for its 2006 design of two curvaceous apartment towers in Mississauga, Ontario—a stark contrast to the listless, boxy buildings in vicinity. Their new L.A. project, called Cloud Corridor, features a bundle of buildings that link nature with the city through design.
Fueled by population saturation, a rising cost of living, continuing traffic congestion, and unprecedented environmental crises, Los Angeles is realizing now, more than ever, the need to break from its existing residential typologies.
Intended to serve as a type of vertical village, the nine towers in MAD Architects’ Cloud Corridor (the tallest of which will be just under 550 feet) comprise distinct buildings connected via landscaped bridges, viewing platforms, and public gathering spaces.
Below the proposed Cloud Corridor sits a green-roofed metro station. In addition, the station’s rolling roof of grass will serve as a public park while deliberately slanting away from the buildings to provide tower residents private access to the lobby.
credit to: Nick Mafi