1000 Trees | Shanghai

1000 Trees | Shanghai


1000 Trees is a 300,000sqm multiuse complex adjacent to Shanghai’s art district, M50. Following the success of the UK Pavilion in the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, our client, the world renowned Heatherwick Studio, was commissioned to create the mega-complex. The concept was to create two tree-covered “mountains”, using the tops of 800 support columns for the structure as planters of thousands of trees and shrubs. Arranged in an orthogonal grid, the columns emerge from the buildings to form the undulating topography of the two “mountains”, bringing a touch of nature to the urban metropolis.

GlobalCAD was commissioned by Heatherwick Studio to develop a structural BIM model for the 1000 Trees project, aka Moganshan.

What we did

The client needed a Revit Structural model for clash detection purposes against an existing Architectural Model. The project covers 15 acres of multi-use residential-commercial-office space, divided into an East Wing and a West Wing (the two “mountains”). We had to produce 3D structural modelling for 13 levels, including 3 basement levels and the roofs.

In developing the complex 3D structural model, we had to contend with slanted and angled columns and beams, modelling staircases, lift shafts and risers.

As part of the assignment, we developed a column/beam knuckle Revit parametric family that encompasses some 54 family types, each comprising unique properties (parameters) and associated with a shared parameter file in order to produce the detailed schedules required.


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