But the Chaotianmen area, situated at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, remains as a testimonial of the city’s centuries-old maritime heritage thanks to architecture that pays tribute to bygone days.Such is the case of the new InterContinental Chongqing Raffles City hotel, where the city’s nautical past is manifest from the inside out. The construction site of Raffles City Chongqing. The design proposed for the new 300m long conservatory atop the Raffles City Chongqing development employs an innovative use of seismic bearings to structurally isolate the sky bridge. Taking seven years and about RMB24 billion ($3.4 billion) to complete, Raffles City Chongqing has what's considered the world's highest sky bridge linking the most number of skyscrapers. The means by which towers are linked together has considerable implications to the structural design, architecture, and construction of the project. A phased opening of Raffles City Chongqing commenced in September 2019 with the unveiling of a 220,000 sq.m., five-story retail galleria and continues into early 2020, culminating with the opening of The Crystal, a 300m-long horizontal skyscraper perched at 250m and stretching across four of the development’s eight towers. The brainchild of renowned architect Moshe Safdie, this architectural marvel has already been making waves around the world for its most unique feature — a mammoth skybridge, which has been dubbed the world's first "horizontal skyscraper". The property, called Raffles City Chongqing, is invested by Singaporean real estate company CapitaLand which owns a chain of shopping malls and office buildings across China. This complex is the Raffles City Chongqing, a megaproject worth the headlines. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie and developed by Singapore real estate group CapitaLand, the complex is the Lion City’s largest-ever development in China, clocking in at RMB24 billion (HK$26.8 billion). The jaw-dropping multi-structure Raffles City Chongqing complex is nearing completion in China after six years of construction. Raffles City Chongqing is set to become the city’s central node for transport, retail and public rejuvenation Image Credit: Courtesy of Safdie Architects Spanning across four accessible towers, at a length of 300 meters, is the Crystal, a ‘horizontal skyscraper’ connecting two of the development’s taller towers via linking bridges. The skybridge will be the second highest in the world after the Kingdom Centre.The entire project comprises eight towers with a total of 817,000 square metres of floor space. Developers say three-quarters of the 772 residential units in three towers have been sold. Chongqing is a city in constant flux. Optimizing structural design to ensure safety, comfort and resilience to wind is a priority for any tall tower. Four of the shorter towers are linked by a 300-meter long skybridge. Exploring new approaches to urban design, Raffles City Chongqing, Safdie Architects’ monumental integrated complex, acts as a catalyst for downtown regeneration, creating a new icon for Chongqing, a megacity in Western China“While centuries old, Chongqing is now experiencing rapid growth and regeneration that demands thoughtful solutions to increased density and mega-scale … The Raffles City Chongqing complex will also include a 230,000-square-meter shopping mall, 1,400 residential apartments, a luxury hotel and 160,000 square meters of lavish office space. Chongqing Raffles City includes two 360-meter towers and six 250-meter towers. Raffles City Chongqing is suite of eight buildings in Yuzhong District, Chongqing, China.It features a 300-metre-long horizontal skybridge called "Crystal" that connects the top of four of the skycrapers.