Beijing, China–based MAD Architects has proposed a residential tower design for the city of Los Angeles that would redefine urban living in a 548-foot-tall vertical village, reports Multifamily Executive writer Lauren Shanesy. The tower, known as Cloud Corridor, reorients urban design through nine interconnected residential towers erected on a 97,000-square-foot site, which consist of public spaces, sky-top gardens, and individual neighborhoods. Each floor of the tower features garden patios and courtyards for a nature-infused retreat from some of the city's more concrete-jungle–like areas. 

The proposed site is situated above a forthcoming transit station, allowing the tower's sculpted podium to serve as a public park and incorporate natural elements into one of the city’s transportation hubs. 

The proposed design embodies MAD founder and principal partner Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” philosophy, which aims to bring together the spiritual essences of humans and nature by designing buildings that respond to their surroundings. “Shan shui” historically refers to an ancient Chinese painting style that depicts mountains and rivers using only ink. Similarly, Cloud Corridor manifests itself in a high-density, urban building design that treats architecture as landscape.
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