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International Commerce Center – the Future King of Hong Kong

Posted by Jae on June 9, 2009

International Commerce Center

International Commerce Center

The International Commerce Centre (traditional Chinese: 環球貿易廣場), abbr. ICC Tower, is a 118 floor, 484 m skyscraper under construction in West Kowloon, Hong Kong; as part of the Union Square project built on top of Kowloon Station.   The height has been scaled back from earlier plans due to regulations that didn’t allow buildings to be taller than the surrounding mountains. The original proposal for this building was called Kowloon Station Phase 7 and it was designed to be 574 m tall.  Even with the height reduction, it will still clearly rise over the current tallest in Hong Kong, 2 International Finance Centre.

Its formal development name is Union Square Phase 7 and the name International Commerce Centre was officially announced in 2005. Upon completion by 2010, the skyscraper will become Hong Kong’s tallest building and will have the third highest roof in the world, after the Burj Dubai and the Shanghai World Financial Centre.

A five-star hotel operated by Ritz-Carlton will occupy the top 15 floors of the tower. The hotel’s lobby will be 425 m above the ground, becoming the highest hotel in the world surpassing that of the Park Hyatt in the Shanghai World Financial Centre.

A viewing deck on the 100th floor will be opened to the public when the building opens in 2010.

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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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Central Plaza (Hong Kong) – Home of the Highest Church

Posted by Jae on January 16, 2009

Central Plaza (Hong Kong)

Central Plaza (Hong Kong)

Central Plaza is a 1995 completed, 78 floor, 374 m skyscraper in Hong Kong, China. With a height of 374 m, Central Plaza is only surpassed by 2 IFC (415 m.) It was the tallest building in Asia from 1992 to 1996, until the Shun Hing Square in Shenzhen, China was built. Central Plaza was also the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world, until it was surpassed by CITIC Plaza in Guangzhou, China.

The building uses a unique triangular floor plan to provide 20% more of the office area to enjoy the harbor view as compared with the square or rectangular shaped buildings. On the top of the tower is a four-bar neon clock that indicates the time by displaying different colors in 15 minute intervals, blinking at the change of the quarter. It also houses the world’s highest church–Hong Kong City Church.

Night Time View of Central Plaza

Night Time View of Central Plaza

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2 International Finance Centre – Pride of the Greatest Skyline on Earth

Posted by Jae on January 9, 2009

2 International Finance Centre

2 International Finance Centre

The International Finance Centre (abbr. IFC) is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s Central District. A prominent landmark on Hong Kong Island, it consists of two skyscrapers, the ifc mall, and the 55-storey Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. [One International Finance Centre was completed in 1998 at 210 m. The ifc mall is located directly above the Hong Kong MTR Station and provides an indoor connection for the two office buildings (One IFC and Two IFC) and the Four Seasons Hotel. The Four Seasons Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel that was completed and opened in October in 2005.)] The most impressive part of this development is the 2003 completed, 88 floor, 415 m (very similar in height of the former World Trade Centers in New York City), Hong Kong’s tallest 2 International Finance Centre. You should be able to spot it in the Hong Kong Night Skyline picture that is in the “About” section.

This is my favorite skyscraper in Hong Kong and my favorite “modern” skyscraper in the world!

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