Since the 5th century, Chinese shan shui painting has captured the dramatic form of the country’s mountainous landscapes. Today, the poetic lines of shan shui have inspired the towers of The Springs, giving native natural roots to a new center of community and innovation in Shanghai. Three terraced towers define The Springs, with layered silhouettes and planted exteriors reminiscent of the picturesque shan shui peaks. Strategically positioned to maximize sunlight and to block prevailing winds, the towers create a climate-controlled central courtyard intended as a local outdoor gathering point for residents and visitors alike. Research and artistry intersect in this courtyard, which supports The Springs’ sustainability ambitions as it evokes the shan shui landscapes of the architectural vision. Community forms both the physical and conceptual core of The Springs, an architectural statement grounded in Chinese artistry.