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“摩天 Scraping the Sky” / 凱旋門 The Arch + 君臨天下 The Harbourside + 環球貿易廣場 International Commerce Centre / 香港摩天大廈建築之形 Hong Kong Skyscrapers Architecture Forms / SML.20130508.6D.05489 | by See-ming Lee (SML)
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“摩天 Scraping the Sky” / 凱旋門 The Arch + 君臨天下 The Harbourside + 環球貿易廣場 International Commerce Centre / 香港摩天大廈建築之形 Hong Kong Skyscrapers Architecture Forms / SML.20130508.6D.05489

It is not a skyscraper if it does not touch the sky. And on a foggy day like this, the International Commerce Centre (環球貿易廣場 ICC) certainly does [1] (pictured right). Besides being the tallest building in Hong Kong, it is currently the world’s fourth tallest building and the five-star Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel currently occupies floors 102 to 118.

 

The red building to the left is The Arch (凱旋門). It is an 81-floor 231-metre (758 feet) tall skyscraper completed in 2006. It is currently the third-tallest residential building in Hong Kong and is made up of four towers. The towers join at the 69th floor to form an arch with the top floors and thus was named “The Arch” [2].

 

In the middle is another residential skyscraper called The Harbourside (君臨天下) [3]. It is a 255 m (836.6 ft) tall residential skyscraper which features many “Feng Shui Holes 風水洞” originally seen only at the luxury high-rise at the Southern District in Hong Kong. In Chinese mythology, the dragons flow from the north to the south and so architects decided to make “holes” for the dragon to pass through. Accordingly, the apartments near these holes are more expensive than the rest.

 

Altogether these building complex together with several other few and the shopping mall Elements make up what is called the “Union Square” area of Hong Kong in West Kowloon.

 

# Notes

1. The International Commerce Centre (Chinese: 環球貿易廣場) (abbr. ICC Tower) is a 118-storey, 484 m (1,588 ft) skyscraper completed in 2010 in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Commerce_Centre

2. The Arch (凱旋門 / 凯旋门) at Union Square Hong Kong. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Square_(Hong_Kong)

3. The Harbourside (君臨天下) is a 255 m (836.6 ft) tall residential skyscraper located at 1 Austin Road West, in the Union Square complex. Construction of the 74-storey building began in 2001 and was completed in 2004 under the design by P & T Architects & Engineers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Square_(Hong_Kong)

 

# SML Data

+ Date: 2013-05-08T16:47:27+0800

+ Dimensions: 5301 x 3534

+ Exposure: 1/40 sec at f/8.0

+ Focal Length: 17 mm

+ ISO: 160

+ Flash: Did not fire

+ Camera: Canon EOS 6D

+ Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

+ GPS: 22°18'15" N 114°9'43" E

+ Location: 香港西九龍柯士甸道西一號 Union Square, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong KOng

+ Series: 建築 Architecture, 形 Forms, Crazyisgood

 

 

“摩天 Scraping the Sky” / 凱旋門 The Arch + 君臨天下 The Harbourside + 環球貿易廣場 International Commerce Centre / 香港摩天大廈建築之形 Hong Kong Skyscrapers Architecture Forms / SML.20130508.6D.05489

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# Updates

+ Published in a Fotopedia story about ICC: www.fotopedia.com/reporter/stories/dqb0kROHZIV/view

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Taken on May 8, 2013