Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Skyscrapers: International Finance Centre, Hong Kong

Currently Hong Kong's tallest building, the International Finance Centre tops out at over 415 metres next to Hong Kong's waterfront. Properly called 2IFC (the original 1IFC was completed in 1998), the tower is the fourth tallest in the world.

Completed in 2003, the IFC consists of 88 floors, nearly 186,000 square metres of floor space, and is topped off by a structure deliberately built to resemble fingers pointing out to the sky, as though planning to grab it.

Along with office space, IFC also contains retail space in a mall sprawled out on the ground, and a five star hotel (the Four Seasons) is part of the complex. IFC is expected will be overtaken as Hong Kong's tallest by the International Commerce Centre, which will be completed next year.

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