Like New York City and just about any other urban area with a dense population and heavy human footprint on the landscape, Los Angeles is often thought of as a massively developed area where nature has been virtually disregarded. One China-based architectural firm, MAD Architects, recently revealed a plan that could seamlessly incorporate vital green spaces with a series of new high-rise residential towers in the City of Lights.
The “Cloud Corridor” addresses sprawl in cities such as L.A., and presents a typological alternative: a “high-density vertical village.” By reconfiguring the streets vertically, interconnected residential towers redistribute a local urban fabric into a sky village with public spaces and gardens among the clouds.
Interconnected corridors facilitate circulation between the nine proposed towers, creating a natural community among residents. The towers, thus, will each function as a bustling village within the city. According to MAD, “the high-rise tower is a statement of power and social context. ‘Cloud Corridor’ reconsiders modernism’s residential tower typology and folds in the design philosophy that residential building should respond to nature and emphasize the environment”—as opposed to threatening it altogether.
An integrated green-roofed public transportation station is set below the corridor. The section’s rolling landscaped crown serves as a public park, tilting away from the grounds, generating a private-access entrance for the tower’s residents.
MAD Architects explain that they are “committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs” that reflect an Eastern appreciation for nature. This Cloud Corridor is certainly an example of such an attitude, while allowing residents to interact with nature with great ease and delight.