Note: The Hong Kong off-site programs were cancelled due to a Signal 8 typhoon advisory hoisted by the Hong Kong Observatory. The below information portrays the program as it was meant to happen.

As the financial and administrative nexus of one of the world’s densest cities, Central District, Hong Kong – perhaps more than any other urban area in Asia – gives us a futuristic glimpse of what many global cities could look like in 20 or 30 years, where the vertical realm has been thoroughly developed in response to the dual forces of population growth and geographic/self-imposed limitations to horizontal expansion. In addition, the intensity of the district has been further amplified as a result of intensive land reclamation allowing the metropolis to expand into Victoria Harbour, coupled with the circulatory opportunities provided by the world’s largest network of skybridges that traverses numerous prominent buildings in the area. This program will take attendees on a walking tour of Central District, passing by some of Hong Kong’s most iconic skyscrapers, such as: Bank of China Tower and Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters.

Venue: Central District Walking Tour
Capacity:
24 Delegates

Program Organized by:

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Friday 21 October, Schedule, Hong Kong

8:30 am Arrival
9:00 am Walking Tour of Central District of Hong Kong led by Peter Cookson Smith
12:00 pm Delegates depart for lunch and afternoon program

Note: This tour will only walk around the following buildings and will not provide internal access.

About This Program Location

Bank of China Tower

Bank of China Tower

About Bank of China Tower

Arguably one of Hong Kong’s most distinctive buildings, Bank of China Tower is situated in the center of the city’s skyline. At the ground level, the tower is set back from the street to create an inviting pedestrian environment that is convenient, yet secluded from urban congestion. It is surrounded by a broad promenade, and flanked by cooling water gardens intended to muffle the noise of nearby traffic. The building is known for its observation deck on the 43rd floor, which offers unique views of the city from its central vantage point.

The architects were challenged to design a distinctive regional headquarters with a grand banking hall and office space, its use divided between the bank’s operations and tenant leasing. Another challenge in designing the building was to execute… Read More

For more data, news, research papers, videos and the companies involved in this project, visit The Skyscraper Center.

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Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters

Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters

About Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters

As the formal exchange of power away from British control in Hong Kong was approaching, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank wanted to make a bold statement when the need for a new headquarters was conceived. Planning began in the 1970’s with the need to construct over one million square feet of space (92,903 square meters), all of which needed to be built quickly with a very tight construction schedule. The project would also need to address the nature of banking in Hong Kong and adherence to Feng Shui principles.

All of these factors led to the design of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters in a method which rethought how an office tower should be composed. The short construction schedule required prefabrication of many building components in a global supply chain… Read More

For more data, news, research papers, videos and the companies involved in this project, visit The Skyscraper Center.

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