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An architect's exploration of Hong Kong's iconic skyline

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As the architect behind such iconic structures as Central Plaza and the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dennis Lau has played a large part in defining Hong Kong’s skyline. Here, he gives us a panoramic rundown of some of the city’s key skyscrapers, from still-standing ‘70s structures to contemporary super high-rises. 


International Commerce Centre (ICC)

International Commerce Centre (ICC)

ICC Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is currently Hong Kong’s tallest building. It’s part of a bigger project, totalling 17 hectares of land coverage on top of Kowloon Station. The super tall office tower has a luxurious hotel and viewing platform on top. The ICC Light and Music Show is displayed twice every night, at 7:45pm and then at 9:00pm, and brings the city alive with dynamic lights and colours.

Jardine House

Jardine House

Formerly known as Connaught Centre, Jardine House  Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info was the city’s tallest building when it was completed in 1972. It was the first skyscraper in Hong Kong. It’s a unique building featuring a circular window design, allowing it to be structurally stronger than those with traditional rectangular windows.

International Finance Centre (ifc)

International Finance Centre (ifc)

The ifc mall actually consists of two skyscrapers, Tower 1 and Tower 2, as well as a mall and a hotel. Tower 2 is Hong Kong Island’s tallest building. Together with ICC across the harbour, the dual super high-rises on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon serve as gateways to the city. On the top of Tower 2 is a sculptural crown; when it’s lit at night, it’s visible from miles away, which is a welcoming gesture to the harbour. 

Hopewell Centre

Hopewell Centre

When completed in 1980, this 66-storey skyscraper, Hopewell Centre Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info surpassed Connaught Centre as the city’s tallest building. It has Hong Kong’s highest revolving restaurant on the top floor, which overlooks the harbour and buildings below.

Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Centre

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info  is a world-class facility, holding many international convention and exhibition events. It’s consistently busy all year, and one of the few convention centres in the world to have hotels, offices and apartments all under one roof. Built in 1985, its foundation stone was laid by Queen Elizabeth II, and marks the last time she visited the city during the colonial era. Some people say it looks like a bird, others that it’s a turtle. I’ll leave it to you to decide. 

Central Plaza

Central Plaza

When it was completed in 1992, Central Plaza was the tallest building outside North America. Its unique triangular design means most rooms enjoy harbour views. A neon clock is set on its top, similar to a clock tower, but with its time indicated through different coloured displays at 15 minute intervals. The Sky Lobby on the 46th floor offers one of the best free views in the city, with a 360-degree panorama. And there’s a sky lounge on the 75th floor that’s used as a church sometimes.

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