Sing to the sky and set sail.
Raffles City Chongqing, as a masterpiece by Safdie Architects, explores new possibilities for urban design. The urban complex acts as a catalyst for urban renewal, creating a new landmark for Chongqing, a megacity in western China.
| 延续朝天门风韵 |
Continue the Charm of Chaotianmen
Raffles City Chongqing is located in the core area of Chaotianmen, where the Yangtze River and Jialing River meet. As an urban landmark, its design echoes the historical background of the area as a holy place for official reception and the port opening.
The design of Raffles City Chongqing continues Safdie’s exploration of vertical living space, livable urban community, and friendly connection of public spaces. According to Chongqing’s unique topography, the design method of high-altitude crystal corridor is re-used. Chaotianmen Square, a place that carries historical memory, has been repainted with a heavy touch of color.
With design as the engine, Raffles City Chongqing provides a further smooth connection from the Jiefangbei area to Chaotianmen Square for surrounding residents, tourists and the public with newly added sidewalks and public transportation facilities.
Chongqing is a fascinating city in terms of size, population and customs. The terrain of the mountain city in Chongqing brings opportunities to create public and private spaces of different heights. The different spaces of the project are stacked at different heights, echoing each other, and even overlooking the entire city. Raffles City Chongqing under the night is dreamy and dazzling decorated with lights and flashing neon lights, reflected in the rippling river water, scattered in an orderly manner.
| 连接山城地势之美 |
Connecting the Beauty of the Mountain City
Raffles City Chongqing consists of 8 towers in total, of which 6 towers on the south side are 250 meters high, while the two towers on the north side are 350 meters high. The whole project has become a new landmark of Chongqing’s vibrant skyline. The curved shape of the tower on the north side is like a sailing sail, and the curved crystal corridor echoes the arched Chaotianmen, which together awaken Chongqing’s rich shipping culture.
Raffles City Chongqing is integrated into the dense urban fabric. It is a complex integrating office, residence, hotel, service apartment, shopping mall and multi-functional facilities. The completion of this project has once again stimulated the vitality of the Chaotianmen waterfront area.
The building integrates Chongqing’s unique cultural heritage into its shape, and connects with the surrounding scenery. Walking in the scenery, you can not only experience the unconstrained style in the structure, but also combine it with functional practicability.
The project design integrates multiple public transport networks and greatly improves the convenience of pedestrian traffic. According to the undulating mountain terrain where the project is located, multiple entrances and exits are designed, and an innovative traffic diversion system is adopted. At the same time, new entrances and exits are planned on different floors of the five-storey shopping center to connect the podium garden and Chaotianmen Square.
Relying on the natural terrain of the mountain city, the architect created a large outdoor public garden of over 30,000 square meters for the area on the top of the podium of the shopping center, the Mountain City Garden, like a green heart of the city, overlooking Chaotianmen Square. The rooftop park is full of greenery and spacious, and exclusive custom-made art sculptures adorn the public space.
Safdie’s unique design echoes the scattered mountain scenery, unique climate, and historical urban humanistic texture of Chongqing. Because of this, Raffles City Chongqing has revived public and commercial brands’ interest in the area with its unique charm, which in turn will continue to drive the local economy in Chongqing, including the booming tourism industry.
| 崭新的城市公共空间 |
A New Urban Public Space
Raffles Chongqing has a total construction area of more than 1.12 million square meters. It is one of the largest and most complex projects designed by Safdie Architects, and it is also the largest project invested by CapitaLand in China.
Known as the world’s tallest horizontal skyscraper, the “Crystal Corridor” is located at an altitude of 250 meters, is 300 meters long, and has an indoor area of more than 10,000 square meters. It spans four towers and functions as a supporting facility for Raffles City Chongqing. On the outdoor cantilevered glass viewing platform, viewers can enjoy the scenery of the intersection of the Jialing River and the Yangtze River.
Raffles City Chongqing also includes a sky garden restaurant and bar, a club with an infinity pool, and a hotel lobby. The façade structure echoes the light, shadow and mountain scenery, bringing a unique aesthetic feeling. Walking in it, it is as if flags are swaying in the sea and fluttering with the wind.
Under the changing climate conditions in Chongqing, the Crystal Corridor can be open all year round, thanks to the accordion folded structure of the Crystal Corridor – the west part of the folded structure is made of metal plates, and the east side is made of transparent glass, so that people can fully enjoy the natural light, and at the same time can reduce the west sun. The interior temperature of the crystal gallery is adjusted accordingly throughout the day with the help of this special shading system.
In order to give visitors a sufficient sense of orientation and fun, Chongqing Raffles City 5th-floor shopping center provides three themed space corridors, which draw the color of the river as its identification mark (Among them, the Jialing River on the west side is light tones, the Yangtze River side on the east side is warm tones, and the middle corridor is white). At the same time, it is parallel to the north-south main road of the city, becoming an extension of the city street in the interior space of the shopping center.