Koichi Takada’s architectural studio is behind a new project that responds to his idea that shapes in architecture should follow nature and not, according to the principle that has prevailed since the Bauhaus, “form follows function”. Currently under construction in the Minhang district, 20 km southwest of central Shanghai, it is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. It is part of a mixed-use development and its design was commissioned by Hong Kong-based Chinese investment firm Tian An China Investments Company Limited. The project consists of a market with a 3,450 sqm. gross floor area, which will serve as the gateway to the Shanghai Tian An Caobao Road Residential Masterplan, the new 155,000 sqm. residential area being developed by Tian An in the area. The three-storey market, with modular stalls, has been named Solar Tree Marketplace.