CapitaLand tops out China’s Raffles City Chongqing with highest sky bridge

WCN Editorial Team 27 Feb 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

CapitaLand has topped out the eighth and final skyscraper of Raffles City Chongqing in China with the completion of the 250m-high sky bridge, The Crystal, the world’s highest sky bridge linking six of Raffles City Chongqing’s eight skyscrapers.

The 1.12million m² megastructure is expected to be opened in the second half of 2019.

Anchor retail tenants committed so far include Chinese electric vehicle company NIO, which will open its largest NIO House in Chongqing at Raffles City. The NIO House, covering an area of 1,500m², will serve as a showroom and also as an exclusive clubhouse for NIO car owners.

Movie theatre chain CGV will operate a 5,600m² multiplex at Raffles City Chongqing.

Bookstore chain Yanjiyou will open a regional flagship at the mall, featuring a lifestyle café and other offerings to bibliophiles.

Fine foods purveyor Ole’ will operate a gourmet supermarket with a food hall, offering fresh produce and international specialties.

The mall will feature a separate zone for ‘Made in Chongqing’ products such as local delicacies, handicrafts and souvenirs.

Raffles City Chongqing, covering 9.2 hectares, will feature a 235,000m² shopping mall, 150,000m² of Grade A office space, 1,400 residential apartments, Ascott Raffles City Chongqing serviced residence and InterContinental Raffles City Chongqing hotel.

The project has a construction floor area of 1.12million m² and gross floor area of 817,000m², excluding car park.

The development is located on Chaotianmen at the confluence of Yangtze and Jialing rivers in Yuzhong District, at the nexus of three central business districts (CBDs) – Jiefangbei, Jiangbeizui and Danzishi.

Raffles City Chongqing comprises eight skyscrapers, of which two are 350msupertall skyscrapers, which will be Chongqing’s tallest buildings. One of the two will also be China’s tallest residential tower. The other six skyscrapers are 250m tall.

Called Raffles City Chongqing’s ninth ‘horizontal skyscraper’, The Crystal is an enclosed sky bridge located above four of the 250m skyscrapers and links two adjacent skyscrapers by cantilevered bridges.

Measuring 300m long, 32.5m wide and 26.5m high, The Crystal is the world’s highest sky bridge linking the most number of towers.

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, Raffles City Chongqing’s form has been inspired by the images of historic Chinese sailing vessels and pays tribute to Chongqing’s past as a trading centre.

Raffles City Chongqing has received the China Tall Building Innovation Award and is Chongqing city’s largest development to secure the LEED-CS pre-certification (Gold Level) from the USGreen Building Council.

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Image: A side profile of Raffles City Chongqing in China. Photo: Courtesy of CapitaLand Limited.

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