International Commerce Centre
|International Commerce Centre|
The International Commerce Centre and the Union Square development
|Location||1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
|Management||Kai Shing Management Services Limited|
|Architectural||484.0 m (1,587.9 ft)|
|Top floor||118 (see details)|
|Observatory||387.8 m (1,272.3 ft)|
|Floor count||108 above ground (see details)
4 below ground
|Floor area||274,064 m2 (2,950,000 sq ft)|
|Lifts/elevators||30 passenger lifts
14 shuttle lifts
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (design)
Belt Collins & Associates (landscape)
Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.
|Developer||Sun Hung Kai Properties|
|Main contractor||Sanfield Building Contractors Limited|
The International Commerce Centre (Chinese: 環球貿易廣場) (abbr. ICC Tower) is a 118-storey (see below), 484 m (1,588 ft) commercial skyscraper completed in 2010 in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is a part of the Union Square project built on top of Kowloon Station. As of 2013[update], it is the world's seventh tallest building by height, world's third tallest building by number of floors, as well as the tallest building in Hong Kong.
The ICC Tower faces the second-tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, the 2 International Finance Centre (abbr. IFC), located directly across Victoria Harbour in Central, Hong Kong Island. The IFC Tower was also developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, along with another major Hong Kong developer, Henderson Land.
MTR Corporation Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's metro operator and largest property developer respectively, were responsible for the development of this skyscraper. Known in development as Union Square Phase 7, its current name was officially announced in 2005. The International Commerce Centre was completed in phases from 2007 to 2010. The tower opened in 2011, with the Ritz-Carlton opening in late March and the observatory in early April.
The height had been scaled back from earlier plans due to regulations that did not allow buildings to be taller than the surrounding mountains. The original proposal for this building was called Kowloon Station Phase 7 and it was designed to be 574 m (1,883 ft) tall with 102 floors. It would have risen 162 m (531 ft) over the then-current tallest in Hong Kong, 2 International Finance Centre.
Several sources indicate that the building has 118 floors, some indicate that it has 118 floors above ground and 4 floors below ground, while others, including the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) mention 108 floors above ground and 4 floors below ground. CTBUH notes that their "floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong)". There is in fact a floor bearing the number 118, which is part of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.
In its basement is the Elements shopping mall, which opened in October 2007.
A five-star hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong occupies floors 102 to 118. The world's highest swimming pool and bar (OZONE) can be found on the top 118th floor. The 2,800 m2 or 30,000 sq ft Presidential Suite, which costs 100,000 HKD per night, is on the 117th floor. The hotel's arrival lobby is on the 9th floor where guests are greeted by receptionists and taken to express elevators. The express elevators take guests 425 m (1,394 ft) above the ground in 50 seconds to the main lobby on the 103rd floor. Guest keycards are required to use the hotel elevators to access the hotel rooms on floors 104–117 and the swimming pool and gym on floor 118. An exclusive club lounge for guests staying in club rooms and suites is located on floor 116 along with the spa. Three restaurants, Tosca (an Italian restaurant), a Chinese restaurant and the main restaurant are all located one floor below reception on floor 102. The hotel is targeting a 60% occupancy rate.
The building also contains an observation deck on the 100th floor called Sky100 which opened to the public in April 2011. The 101st floor is leased to a number of five-star restaurants.
The rest of the building, except the lobby, contains class-A office space. Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse moved into the ICC and occupy 16 and 12 floors respectively, Deutsche Bank occupies 12 floors with the option to expand to 18 floors.
Access from Elements shopping mall
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- International Commerce Centre at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
- International Commerce Centre at Emporis
- International Commerce Centre at Glass Steel and Stone
- International Commerce Centre at SkyscraperPage
- International Commerce Centre at Structurae
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- "International Commerce Center". Leslie E. Robertson Associates. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- "地盤平台墜樓6工人全死". INews.com. Retrieved 13 September 2009.
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- The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong: Hotel information
- "Hotel Information". The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "SHKP Welcomes Morgan Stanley’s Asia-Pacific Headquarters to International Commerce Centre (ICC)". Sun Hung Kai Properties. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- "Deutsche Bank selects 12 floors of ICC for its Hong Kong business" (Press release). Sun Hung Kai Properties. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to International Commerce Centre.|
- Building's website
- Article about the International Commerce Centre in Building Journal, April 2011.
- Elements shopping mall official website
- Union Square
- Original proposal
- Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd., "More than half-a-century of architectural design experience in Hong Kong", section "International Commerce Centre and The Cullinan", pp. 31–33, September 2009