Raffles City Chongqing Conservatory: Studies For a New Bridging Building Type

Jeffrey Huggins
Associate Principal
Safdie Architects, Somerville

One of the outgrowths of dense vertical urbanism is the challenge of interconnecting tall buildings at multiple levels in the sky. In order to have the super-connected urban whole, pathways between the vertical nodes must be equally advanced along with technological breakthroughs that allow towers to grow vertically. The “Conservatory” At Raffles City in Chongqing, China is a new invention of the horizontal tower. It provides a fully enclosed mixed-use program while linking vertical towers together, creating a new type of three-dimensional building matrix.

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