Interiors of Moshe Safdie’s horizontal skyscraper and hotel, 250 meters above the ground

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Architects
Safdie Architects. Lead architect.- Moshe Safdie. Interior design.- CL3 Architects.
Collaborators
Interior design team.- William Lim, Jane Arnett, Simon Ho, Jun Tse, Katerin Theys. Structural Engineering.- Arup. MEP Engineering.- Parsons Brinckerhoff. Landscaping.- Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui & Associates. Facade consulting.- ALT. Signage.- Pentagram + Entro. Lighting.- BPI (Brandston Partnership Inc.). Interior design.- CL3 Architects Ltd., The Buchan Group. LEED Consulting.- Arup.
Client
CapitaLand + CapitaMalls Asia.
Area
1,120,000 m²
Dates
2011-2019-2020.
Location
No. 2 Changjiang Binjiang Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing, China 400010
Photography
Feng Shao (interior photos), CapitaLand (exterior photo).

Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie, born in Haifa, Israel in 1938, Safdie moved with his family to Montreal in 1953. He studied architecture at McGill University, and after graduation worked with AIA Gold Medalist Louis Kahn, FAIA, in Philadelphia. He returned to Montreal to work on Habitat ’67, for Montreal’s 1967 World’s Fair, which consisted of a series of 158 stacked and terraced apartments.

Safdie then began a series of teaching posts that culminated with his appointment as the director of the urban design program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1978-84. Since 1978, Safdie has been based in Boston while remaining a citizen of Israel, Canada, and the United States. Safdie established a Jerusalem office in 1970 and another in Shanghai in 2011.

William Lim. CL3

CL3. William Lim. As Founder and Managing Director of CL3 Architects Ltd. (CL3), William Lim brings over 20 years of experience to his projects. An acclaimed architect and artist, William graduated from Cornell University.

“Architects have a social obligation to improve urban environments,” explains William. “Architecture is about people. I always feel that architects are only doing part of the job—the rest is really shaped by the occupant using the space. We treat every project as a unique challenge and pay attention to every single detail – from the architecture to the interior detailing-- to create human-oriented and quality designs with artistic value.”

Since founding CL3 in 1992, William has established a notable presence on the global design scene. The studio’s diverse, award-winning portfolio includes architectural and interior projects for hotels, restaurants, retail, corporate, residences and art installation design.

William is also active in the art space with a focus on public art. Throughout his career he has held several solo exhibitions showcasing his public art installations, most notably the Lantern Wonderland 2003 & 2011, Venice Biennale’s International Architectural Exhibition in 2006 & 2010, as well as Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in 2007, 2009 and 2017. His works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Chengdu, the United States and Holland. More recently, his signature piece, “West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre”, was awarded the Grand Award and Special Award for Culture in Design for Asia Award in 2013.

Committed to promoting culture and education, William is currently the Advisory Council Member of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a Member   on the Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee for Tate. Closer to home, he is also among the Gallery Advisory Committee Members for The Asia Society Hong Kong Center and Museum Expert Advisers for the Hong Kong Museum.

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