In Beverly Hills, work is now underway on the first U.S. mixed-use development designed by the Beijing-based firm MAD Architects.

The project, known as 8600 Wilshire Boulevard, will consist of a three-to-five-story structure featuring 18 residential condominiums above ground-floor commercial space.

According to an official project page from the architect's website, the design of 8600 Wilshire is informed by a desire to "coalesce nature and community into a living environment among high-density cities."  Consequently, the building evokes an image of a small hilltop village, perched above a green wall facade.  The building features a taller five-story street wall along busy Wilshire Boulevard, but scales down to smaller three-level townhomes along Charleville Boulevard on the south.

The mixed-use development originally received entitlements from the City of Beverly Hills in 2007, and is expected to open in 2017.