China's grim (and growing) air pollution problems cast some pretty dark shadows on the country's urban hubs, which often look like they've been photographed using a "muddy water" filter. That makes these crisp and sunny pics of the Huaxin Business Center in Shanghai's Xuhui District all the more surprising.
The stilted, four building complex, designed by Scenic Architecture, appears to hover above the ground level atrium in a grove of camphor trees, which poke through the interior walls and adjoin small bridges that interconnect the larger maze of light- illed spaces.
The firm was (obviously) inspired to create an organic connection with the refreshingly green surrounds, using mirrors, glass, and a unique twisting façade to create shadows that mimic branches and leaves. Here's hoping they get enough bright, clear afternoons to enjoy it. [Domus]
Images by Su Shengliang