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The Crystal, Chongqing: China's new 'horizontal skyscraper


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                                                                       The Crystal will house a viewing gallery, lush gardens, an infinity pool and restaurants.


It is billed as the world's highest sky bridge as China's latest mega-structure moves a step closer to completion.

The eighth and final skyscraper of Raffles City Chongqing has been topped out.

Six of the enormous structures are linked by The Crystal - a 250-metre high "horizontal skyscraper".


It links two adjacent skyscrapers by cantilevered bridges. Measuring 300m in length, 32.5m in width and 26.5 m in height, it is the world's highest sky bridge linking the most number of towers. It was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie



Lucas Loh, President of CapitaLand Group, said the topping out is a milestone for the US$3.8 billion project.


"After six years of construction using state-of-the-art engineering technologies, we are proud to present in Raffles City Chongqing an iconic architectural form resembling a powerful sail surging forward on the historic Chaotianmen site."

Occupying 9.2 hectares of site area, Raffles City Chongqing brings together a 235,000 square metre shopping mall, 150,000-sqm of office space, and 1400 residential apartments.

Chongqing is at the intersection of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers.


* At 300m long, The Crystal is longer than Singapore's tallest building laid on its side. 
* The Crystal's continuous steel structure weighing 12,000 tons is equivalent to the total weight of France's Eiffel Tower.
* The Crystal houses two pools – a 50m x 8m main pool and an adjoining 10m x 8m children's pool




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There's something so fascinating about the construction of huge projects like this. Engineering for the win!

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