The Chinese city of Chongqing will soon play host to a new engineering marvel. A 1.12-million-square-meter megastructure is expected to open later this year in the city. The finished project will consist of eight skyscrapers connected by a gigantic sky bridge.
The sky bridge has been coined “The Crystal” by its developers. The Crystal is a 1,000 foot steel and glass sky bridge that connects all the eight skyscrapers, and will be fitted with trees, lagoons, observation decks, shops, and restaurants.
The Crystal echoes Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie’s Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. However, its ceiling will be fully covered by a glass vault – whose design was inspired by old sailing ships.
This megaproject occupies an area of 9.2 hectares and brings together a 235,000-sq m shopping mall, office spaces, residential apartments, residences and a hotel. Two of its skyscrapers are 350 meters tall and are known as Chongqing’s tallest buildings; one of them was also named China’s tallest residential tower. The other six skyscrapers are about 250 meters tall. The ambitious development is strategically located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers at an estimated cost of $4.8 Billion.