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Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong) – First Foreign Skyscraper to Break 305 m (1000 feet)

Posted by Jae on January 18, 2009

Day Time View

Day Time View

The Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong) is a 1990 completed, 72 floor, 367 m tall skyscraper that is one of the most recognized skyscrapers in Hong Kong, China. It houses the headquarters for the Bank of China (Hong Kong).

Designed by I. M. Pei, the building is 305 m high with two masts reaching 367.4 m high. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992, and it was the first building outside the United States of America to break the 305 m (1,000 ft) mark. (It is now the third tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, after Two International Finance Centre and Central Plaza.) The top four and the bottom 19 stories are used by the Bank, while the other floors are leased out. A small observation deck on the 43rd floor of the building is open to the public; visits to the main observation deck on the 70th floor are by appointment only. The structural expressionism adopted in the design of this building resembles growing bamboo shoots, symbolizing livelihood and prosperity. The whole structure is supported by the five steel columns at the corners of the building, with the triangular frameworks transferring the weight of the structure onto these five columns.

Night Time View

Night Time View

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