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Hong Kong Architecture Highlights

The Best HK Architectural Projects, China: Buildings in the Iconic Skyline

20 May 2017

Hong Kong Architecture Highlights

The Best of Hong Kong Architecture

Hong Kong’s skyline is one of the most recognisable in the world. With over 1,000 skyscrapers (the most in any city in the world) and a unique mix of Chinese and British influence, Hong Kong’s exceptional architecture is sure to impress every visitor.

“Thanks to its iconic skyline, buzzing atmosphere and rich culture, Hong Kong is officially the most visited city in the world[i]” says Dawn Page, Director, UK and Northern Europe. “But if you delve a little deeper, you’ll discover so much more within the very floor you’re standing on, the walls around you or the skyscraper you are marvelling at. The great thing about Hong Kong is that many buildings have their own story, some with eastern influences, some with western and some with both. Hong Kong truly is a World City – a melting pot of cultures and its architecture only reinforces that.”

Highlights of Hong Kong’s varied architectural offering include:

Hong Kong Airport

Designed by acclaimed British architect Lord Norman Foster, this state-of-the-art structure, completed in 1998, was voted one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century. Located at Chek Lap Kok on Lantau Island, Hong Kong International Airport is linked to the city’s urban areas via an impressive chain of highways, railways and bridges. It remains one of the world’s largest and most popular airports, having been recognised as the world’s best airport approximately 40 times.

Bank of China Tower

The prism-like façade of the 367.4m Bank of China Tower has become one of Hong Kong skyline’s most recognisable features. The work of renowned Chinese–American architect I.M. Pei, the 70-storey building’s asymmetrical form is pure geometry and has been compared to a bamboo plant, which extends its trunk successively higher with each new burst of growth.

Chi Lin Nunnery

Established in 1934 and renovated in Tang dynasty style (AD 618–907) in 1990, the Chi Lin Nunnery is a large temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. The complex also includes a series of temple halls, some of which contain gold, clay and wooden statues representing divinities such as the Sakyamuni Buddha and bodhisattvas.

HSBC Main Building

HSBC Main Building is the first building of its size in Hong Kong constructed entirely of structural steel without any reinforced concrete in its inner core. Designed by renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster, this hi-tech building in Central is a marvel of modern architectural design. Natural sunlight is the main source of light inside the building, with a bank of mirrors directing it into the atrium. Heat gain is also prevented by sunshades and the building’s air conditioning system uses sea water as its coolant. At the time of construction the HSBC Main Building was the most expensive building in the world, with a price tag of over $650 million.

Central Plaza

Built upon reclaimed land in Wan Chai North, the 78-storey Central Plaza stands 374 metres tall. After dusk, the bright neon rods at the top of the building change colour each quarter-hour, making the city’s most visible and unique timepiece. The plaza’s vast lobby is a palatial picture of marble, paintings and real palm trees. Sky City Church on the 75th floor of Central Plaza is the world’s highest church located inside a skyscraper.

Cheung Kong Centre

This 62-storey building at the junction of Queen’s Road Central and Garden Road is the headquarters of renowned property tycoon Li Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong Group. Designed by acclaimed architects Leo A Daly and Cesar Pelli, the building is enclosed in a sheath of reflective glass interwoven with a rich tapestry of stainless steel. At night, a computer-controlled optic lighting system wraps the 283m building in an ethereal glow.

Tsing Ma Bridge

Unmissable by day and a twinkling stretch of lights by night, the Tsing Ma Bridge is an engineering marvel that links Lantau Island to the rest of Hong Kong. The 2.16km bridge was opened to traffic in 1997 as part of key infrastructure serving the new airport on Lantau Island, and has since become a local sightseeing favourite.As the longest suspension bridge with both rail and road traffic in the world, the Tsing Ma Bridge got its name from the areas at both of its ends: Tsing Yi and Ma Wan.

About Hong Kong Tourism Board

Sophisticated, cosmopolitan with a skyline to rival Manhattan, Hong Kong is Asia’s World City. Hong Kong’s culture, fusing ancient Chinese traditions with contemporary style, will fascinate, while its hotels, dining and nightlife are the envy of the world.

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Major Hong Kong Architectural Designs

Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – PolyU
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Jockey Club Innovation Tower
photo : Doublespace

Hong Kong University Building

Il Milione Hong Kong
Architects: Design LSM
Il Milione Design
photograph courtesy of architects

MOKO, Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Design: Aedas, architects
MOKO in Hong Kong shopping centre by Aedas
image from architect

MOKO Hong Kong Building

Hong Kong Buildings Photos by Andrew McRae
International Finance Centre Hong Kong

The Hang Hau centre, Hong Kong
Design: Architectural Services Department
The Hang Hau Centre Hong Kong
photo courtesy Wrightstyle


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i-Square Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
Architects: Rocco Design Limited / Benoy
i-Square Hong Kong
photo courtesy Marcel Lam

CPS Project Central Police Station
Herzog & de Meuron ; Purcell Miller Tritton ; Rocco Design Architects Limited
CPS Hong Kong
photos © Andrew McRae

McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong by OMA
McKinsey & Company Hong Kong
photograph © OMA

Edouard Malingue Gallery
Edouard Malingue Gallery
photograph courtesy OMA

West Kowloon Cultural District
Design: OMA
West Kowloon Cultural District
image courtesy OMA

West Kowloon Cultural District

West Kowloon City Park
Foster + Partners
West Kowloon Complex
image : Foster + Partners
West Kowloon City Park

Chu Hai Colllege Campus – Architecture Competition
OMA
Chu Hai Colllege
image from architect

Chu Hai Colllege Campus

The Hong Kong Community College (Hung Hom Bay Campus), Kowloon
Architects: AD+RG
Hong Kong Community College
image from architect

Hong Kong Community College

Hong Kong Buildings – descriptions of key architecture

The British Far East – Architecture & The City : Hong Kong Guide

The Peak Hong Kong

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