Welcome to the megacity of Chongqing where another spectacular piece of architecture has been added to the city’s skyline. The ‘Sky Corridor’ can be described as a horizontal skyscraper. It stretches over four vertical towers near the Yangtze riverside in the Western Chinese municipality of Chongqing.
The Sky Corridor is at a height of 250 meters above the ground and has a length of 300 meters. It is the most amazing part of the Raffles City Chongqing complex. The Raffles City Chongqing complex is undergoing construction at a spot where Yangtze and Jialing rivers meet.
The Sky Corridor is 30 meters wide and offers a height of 22.5 meters. It is curved and accordion shaped. The towers that it will be resting upon are also curved. It has been designed by the famous Italian-Canadian architect, Moshe Safdie. Moshe Safdie is also known for his work pertinent to the design of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Once the Sky Corridor is completed, it will double up as a viewing deck while also featuring an infinity pool, sky gardens, and different eateries.
The design of the Raffles City Chongqing complex is inspired by the idea of gigantic sails. If you look at the design, you will see that the complex does seem to be mimicking gigantic sails along the Yangtze river. The Raffles City Chongqing occupies a 9.2-hectare plot and will offer 230,000 square meters of the shopping arcade, 160,000 square meters of office space along with the 1,400-key luxury hotel in the shape of eight skyscrapers that vary in height from 350 to 230 meters. The total floor area for the Raffles City Chongqing complex is 1.12 million square meters.
The investment for this project has been made by a realty conglomerate that is based in Singapore, CapitaLand. The mega project with its varying degrees of development has already become the defining characteristic of Chongqing. The eight towers gently arc towards the Yangtze River like ‘the great masts of a ship, said Arup – the project’s structural consultant.
The contractor is China State Construction Engineering Corporation. We can’t wait until the Sky Corridor is open for public. Can you?