moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
dec 02, 2011

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen

international firm safdie architects has announced its latest project, ‘chongquin chaotianmen’, a mixed-use complex in chongquin, china, located at the meeting point between the yangtze and jialing rivers. the historically significant site was the traditional chaotian gate where officials received imperial decrees from the emperors. to honor its previous use, the center is divided into eight north-facing towers in the shape of sails upon the water, a modern representation of a fleet of ancient chinese ships.

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
all images courtesy of safdie architects



the two central towers are 358 meters (1175 feet) above the flood plain. they will contain a service residence, a hotel, private residences and office spaces that will be linked by a garden bridge. tucked within the large towers are four shorter versions at a height of 248 meters (814 feet). together, they form a continuous arch. along the exterior, a connecting platform links the two residential and two office towers together. within the overpass is a full floor of hotel lobby, restaurants and clubs. above are the rooftop gardens and pools.

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
upward view of towers



the remaining two smaller structures are residential, giving the project a total of 302, 000 sq. meters of living units. underneath the skyscrapers are five levels of public programs including cultural facilities, a conference center, a theater, retail destinations and hubs for land and water transportation including ferry docking.

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
inward facing balconies with vegetation

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
view from water at dusk

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
aerial view of towers

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
upward view of towers

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
initial day and night aerial views of model

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
initial renderings of view from restaurant with rooftop park

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
early conceptual night view from yangtze river

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen

moshe safdie: chongqing chaotianmen
site plan



project info:


architects: safdie architects
client: capitalland lts / capitamalls asia ltd/ singbridge holdings pte. ltd.
size: 817, 000 sq. m. (8, 800,000 sq.ft)
expected cost: 3.1 billion USD

  • pointles & monolithic

  • Clean developer solution. Slight curves are not expensive, otherwise a ‘Miesian’ Tower. Trump would have approved.
    If one was to be Green, these could have been made such relatively inexpensively, but no tax incentives in China of US for that.
    These are kind of solutions that rip cities apart, isolated and exclusive. Our skill sets are not to make better harmonious cities these days… too bad

    Tapani Talo
  • It seems to be appropriate for the area, whether it looks like MBS or not. I’ve noticed the base has serious work done, which would be needed at the confluence of two rivers. Changes I could see for the design, would be to lower the rooftop garden and incorporate it to cover all the buildings. By lowering and incorporating all of the buildings, the price/rent of those apartments above, would be higher. d;-)

  • As an architect, having visual continuity between projects during your career is logical. Its the same architect as the marina bay sands so it would make sense that the design has some influences from earlier works, especially if there were successful elements in the original design.

    Aaron M.
  • Developers dream with very simple shapes, economy and organization. That’s what we are hired for. When we get to the age of past 60, we focus on making most of the program.. When financial incentives allow developer to include environmentally sustainable issues with real payback, then we do things differently. But for now, this is professional.

    tapani talo
  • 3 words…. MARINA BAY SANDS.

  • It is the chinese version of the Holy-land project in Jerusalem 🙂

  • All of the above and….. the wind velocity between each building could add some extra excitement for xtreme sport, energy generation, bungy jumping, Aeolian harp music or free fall.

  • well, the money probably really good..

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