01 Aug 2018
Hong Kong boasts plenty of gleaming high-rises that make its skyline stand out from anywhere in the world – and sure enough, Hong Kong’s skyline is well-known for its unique arrangement, thanks to the surrounding mountains that complement the rows of skyscrapers. 44 of these buildings participate in A Symphony of Lights, a synchronised show named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest permanent light fixture in the world. Here are a few of our favourite skyscrapers:
At just 44 floors, the HSBC building is not one of the tallest skyscrapers in Hong Kong but its glass façade and two-story atrium in the centre make it one of the most fascinating. It was built in 1986 by celebrity architect Norman Foster. At that time, it was the most expensive construction in the world thanks to its hefty HK$5billion price-tag. Since then, the building has housed local and international HSBC headquarters.
International Commerce Centre
Being the tallest building in Hong Kong and among the tallest in the world, no list of Hong Kong’s buildings is complete without it. It is 118 floors high and home to the world’s highest hotel – the Ritz Carlton. The glass, square-shaped building in the commercial district of West Kowloon boasts the perfect observation deck for tourists to get a good view of Hong Kong.
The pair of skyscrapers that make up Lippo Centre are made of a glass, modern-looking exterior. The tallest tower of the two consists of 48 floors. Lippo Centre’s nickname is ‘Koala Tree’, due to its fun architectural design which resembles Koalas climbing a tree.
Bank of China Tower
The BOC Tower is meant to symbolise prosperity, although its sharp edges’ resemblance to a knife have long been criticised for fear of bad luck. Nonetheless, the building is one of the most striking in Hong Kong’s skyline. It was designed by Chinese architect I.M Pei and consists of 72 floors.