Drawing references from Chengdu’s natural heritage, Capitamall Tianfu adopts a geological metaphor that is inspired by the rock formations, peaks and ridges of the city’s famous Qingcheng Mountains. The integrated mixed use development is conceived as a gargantuan mass of stone, chiselled and sculpted to reveal crystalline volumes and facets with distinctive colours and textures. “Crevices” between the sculpted volumes at podium level read as narrow “ravines” filled with luxuriant vegetation from terraced gardens and cascading waters. Landscaped sky gardens are further extended up into the towers, multiplying greenery vertically throughout its height and making nature accessible to residents and office workers. An extensive Commercial Plaza on the podium roof gifts the city with an urban communal space, which is designed as part of a retail loop connected to the atrium urban spaces below, creating a continuous and fully integrated retail experience.