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A living wall of vines, succulents and native vegetation clads a corner block of condos on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Trees sprout from planters on upper-level terraces while, below, street-level retail and two floors of condos support five white villas. As simple in outline as those on a Monopoly board, these residences are set back from the perimeter and face inward to a landscaped courtyard and water feature. In a city where most people aspire to live in single-family houses, architect Ma Yansong and the Los Angeles office of his studio, MAD, have created a hybrid village of shared and private spaces.

Tucked along Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, the Gardenhouse residential complex is wrapped in...
MAD Architects’ Gardenhouse is a Verdant Village in Beverly Hills

The Chinese studio’s inaugural project stateside takes cues from local typologies, hilltop communities and ancient scroll paintings.

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