China Opens World’s Highest Horizontal Skyscraper

China Opens World’s Highest Horizontal Skyscraper

China opens early in June this year “Crystal” to the public, now the world’s highest horizontal skyscraper.

The structure stretches 350 meters across four of the eight skyscrapers that make up the Raffles City of Chongqing, a megacity located in the southwestern part of China.

The city’s new megastructure was by Moshe Safdie, the same man behind Singapore’s awe-inspiring Changi Jewel, the 250-meter-tall sky bridge is the highest of its kind.

Crystal is a glass observation deck soaring 820 feet above the ground which was constructed in six years.

It consists of an indoor lounge and an outdoor see-through terrace, wherein visitors will be able to enjoy the view of Yangtze River and Jialing River.

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Photo: Wang Zhao/Getty Images

The indoor part is themed after Mars, which reflects China’s ambitious plan to go to the red planet this year. However, the corridor is the main feature of the structure, comprising 3,200 pieces of glass and 4,800 aluminum panels.

The local government plans The Crystal to eventually also include a members-only private club and a restaurant with a bar.

Meanwhile, the city continues to follow crowd control measures in light of the pandemic.

The site only allows a daily visitor quota of 3,000 and requires people to wear masks.

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