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China's Horizontal Skyscraper Set to Open

Monday, March 4, 2019

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China’s highly anticipated Raffles City Chongqing project is reportedly nearing completion, as the last topping out has recently taken place. The $3.8 billion structure is on pace to open later this year.

The Project

Dubbed “The Crystal,” a 820-foot-high, 980-foot-long skybridge is now connecting China’s tallest residential tower and Chongqing’s tallest building.

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie and led by developer CapitaLand, the bridge is set to hold homes, shops, offices, entertainment transportation links and a public park.

In addition to connecting two of the region’s tallest towers, the skybridge connects four of the main towers at the 42nd floor—the top floor, which accommodates necessary sway in the earthquake zone on which the buildings sit. There are eight towers, plus the bridge, total in the complex.

The bridge reportedly uses frictional pendulum bearings and seismic dampers mounted on the towers for flexibility and will weigh 12,000 tons, enclosed in a ring of roughly 3,000 glass panels and 5,000 aluminum panels. It’s slated to hold a viewing gallery, sky gardens, an infinity pool and various restaurants.

For the building process, the structure was divided into nine segments, four built above the four towers and three middle segments, which were prefabricated and hoisted into place.

Other, smaller cantilever skybridges connect the adjacent towers, meaning that workers and residents can move around the 1.12 million-square-meter complex without having to go to ground level, which is the entire point, according to the architect.

“It’s going to become like the heartbeat of the city,” Safdie told The Guardian. “In these dense cities like Chongqing there’s no room for big public parks [on the ground], so we have to lift them into the sky.”

What Now

"Upon Raffles City Chongqing’s structural completion, we are now focusing on the interior fit-out works, including transplanting trees to enliven The Crystal sky bridge, which will feature the tallest observation deck across Western China," said CapitaLand President, Lucas Loh.

CNN reports that the completion is intended for the second quarter of 2019.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Bridges; Color + Design; Color + Design; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Design; Design - Commercial; Ongoing projects; Z-Continents

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