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This drone video captures the exterior of 1,000 Trees, a shopping centre in China that Thomas Heatherwick‘s studio designed to resemble a greenery-covered mountain.

Recently opened in Shanghai, the building is covered with 1,000 structural columns that Heatherwick Studio has turned into planters for over 1,000 trees and 250,000 plants.

In the video, the planters are visible from various aerial views and also in a time-lapse that transitions from day to night, demonstrating how they are lit up after sunset.

In an exclusive interview, Heatherwick told Dezeen that the building’s decorative columns are intended to “humanise” the project while minimising its visual impact.

The drone footage also offers a glimpse of the development’s flat street-facing wall, which is lined with billboards and artwork created in collaboration with international graffiti artists.

A second phase of the project, a 19-storey hotel and office building, is now currently under construction next door.

Read more about 1,000 Trees here ›

The video is courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.