Raffles City Chongqing

Chongqing, China, 2020 / Asia / Housing & Residential Office & Mixed Use Transportation Urban Design & Planning

Projects of scale and density can easily be overbearing and imposing, impenetrable and seeming to turn their back on the cities of which they are a part. Raffles City Chongqing, although vertically organized into a series of towers, strives to connect to the city's existing network of streets and systems. It also transforms the site podium into a network of public and open spaces. Additionally, a sky conservatory, which bridges between four towers, draws the active public life high up into the project.

This historic site in Chongqing is located at the center of the city, in the heart of a densely developed existing city infrastructure. We carefully studied and incorporated the city street organization, engaging the historic shopping streets and using their organization to help arrange and bring order to the complex programming of the project.

Filling the site is a podium building of six above-grade stories, which houses some 220,000 sq m of retail space, as well as subway, bus, and ferry terminals. Over the podium, a public park and private residential gardens are created, with direct access from the city on the southern end of the site. Atop the podium, eight towers rise up, with six of southern towers reaching 250 m and the two northern towers topping out at 350 m. The towers are a mix of uses, comprised of residences, high end luxury residences, offices, service apartments, and hotel programs.

In addition to having the tallest residential tower in China, four of the towers will be linked by the 280-meter Conservatory. The Conservatory will have a viewing deck, infinity pool, sky walk and varied dining options. The great opportunities with these building types are the unexpected new vantage points found to view the city, and the further integration of the public realm into the high levels of a building.

The entire podium is a landscaped platform, offering a respite for city residents, and excellent connectivity. The multi-level podium integrates the district with a transportation hub, including a subway station, bus interchange, ferry terminal and cruise centre.

In recognition of CapitaLand's drive towards sustainability, Raffles City Chongqing has been accorded the LEED-CS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Core & Shell) pre-certification at the Gold Level by the United States Green Building Council. Raffles City Chongqing is the city's largest development to receive the Gold certification.

The retail corridor acts as an internal extension of the urban street and connects the city to the historic public plaza. A series of primary interior streets, daylit from above, directs to exterior plazas and atria, and helps to define navigation across the site.

The conservatory represents a new typology of building, acting not only as a connector, but as a fully programmed horizontal structure complete with internal streets, building program and gardens.

Construction photo from July 2019.


Located in a pivotal part of Chongqing, this landmark development evokes the progress of one of China’s most important modern cities.