China completes construction of a unique horizontal skyscraper

One of Asia's largest real estate companies, CappitaLand, is completing the construction of the Raffles City Chongqing complex designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. More than 6 years have passed since the beginning of the work. Currently, the interior decoration is coming to an end in the building.

Raffles City Chongqing is located in Chongqing City at the confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers. Moshe Safdie was inspired to create the project by a thousand-year history of river transport on the Yangtze River, so the skyscrapers are somewhat reminiscent of the sails of Chinese merchant ships.

The centerpiece of Raffles City Chongqing is four towers (of the eight that make up the complex), interconnected at the top by a giant walkway. The building was named "Crystal". It is located at an altitude of 250 meters, its length is 300, its width is 32.5 meters, and its height is 26.5 meters. The total area of ​​Raffles City Chongqing is 817, 000 sq. meters.

To install the Crystal at such a height, it had to be divided into seven segments. Four of them were assembled on the roof of the towers, and three connecting ones - on the ground, and then raised up.

Part of the "Crystal" will be occupied by two swimming pools, a gallery, a large garden, restaurants, an observation deck and other facilities. The rest of the territory will house residential and office premises, as well as a shopping center and a large landscaped area of ​​9, 2 hectares. The opening of the complex should take place in the second half of 2019.