RAFFLES CITY CHONGQING (RCCQ)
Whilst at Safdie Architects, Eric was one of the Team Leader who led the effort on the Conservatory of the Raffles City Chongqing Project (RCCQ), a mixed-used project located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers.
The foremost of Chongqing’s traditional city gates (the Chaotian Gate), where officials received imperial decrees from the Emperors, it has been long a historical landmark. As the city’s initial dock area on the Yangtze, it also represents the great tradition of the shipping highway. The design of RCCQ, by Moshe Safdie, is generated by the image of powerful sails upon the water. The outer facades of the projects’ towers - the transparent surfaces that will face the water to the north, are meant to recall a fleet of ancient Chinese ships.
The entire project comprises of a podium retail mall with bus/metro/ferry terminals, public garden, residential, service appartments, offices, hotel, and most importantly the Conservatory. The Conservatory is a 280m long superstructure located 250m above ground that links to six towers and is constructed as an “individual structure”. It houses 4 main programmatic uses public observatory, residential clubhouse, hotel lobby and F&B destinations. As the Team Leader of the Conservatory, Eric’s key role was to manage the design intent to be carried out and maintained through from drawing to reality, on both the facade and interior design. In addition to the Conservatory, Eric had also been in-charge of the entire Podium Roof design/technical coordination and management, which includes the landscape, lighting, and facade (skylights).
Client Capitaland (with CapitaMalls Asia and Singbridge Holdings Pte Ltd.)
Value RMB 24billion
Lead Architect Safdie Architects
Executive Architect P&T Group International Ltd
Structural Engineer Arup Structure
M&E Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff
Façade Engineer ALT
Quantity Surveyor Rider Levett Bucknall
Landscape Architect Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui & Associates
Interior Design (Hotel & Convention) CL3
Interior Design (Retail) The Buchan Group
Lighting Design BPI
Awards CTBUH 2016 China Innovation Award