China COPIES Singapore’s Marine Bay Sands, makes it Bigger

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Plot twist – it is being developed by Singapore-based real estate company Capitaland.

Located in Chongqing, China, the new development that looks set to both emulate and better Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands is vying for the world record of the longest horizontal skyscraper.

Artist impression of Raffles City Chongqing, the new MBS-esque skyscraper in China. Source: Capitaland

Now, we don’t exactly know what a ‘horizontal skyscraper’ world record entails, but it will probably come from the 300 metre-long curved horizontal sky bridge.

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie and developed by Capitaland, the skyscraper is named Raffles City Chongqing.

Artist Impression of nightview of Raffles City Chongqing. Source: Capitaland

Capitaland CEO, Lim Ming Yan, stated that the project was Capitaland’s “largest and most complex integrated development” ever.

Consisting of four 250m-tall skyscrapers topped with a 300m-long sky bridge, Raffles City Chongqing completely dwarfs the Singapore MBS.

It is slated to hold shopping malls, residences, hotels, and offices. Additionally, it will be equipped with swimming pools, sky gardens and dining facilities.

The outer construction of the building was just completed in the last week of February this year, and according to reports, it will be opening in phases next year, after the internal facilities are completed.

While Capitaland’s description of their development made no allusions to Singapore’s MBS whatsoever, it is pretty obvious for any Singaporean that the design takes a leaf out of MBS’s book.

Oh, and we should probably mention that Safdie was the same architect that designed Singapore’s MBS, so there won’t be any infringement lawsuits going on anytime soon!

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