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Highcliff 13 January 2007.jpg
Highcliff on 13 January 2007
General information
TypeResidential, parking garage
LocationHappy Valley, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°15′54″N 114°11′3″E / 22.26500°N 114.18417°E / 22.26500; 114.18417Coordinates: 22°15′54″N 114°11′3″E / 22.26500°N 114.18417°E / 22.26500; 114.18417
Construction started2000
Roof252.4 m (828.1 ft)
Top floor241.8 m (793.3 ft)
Technical details
Floor count73
Floor area375,994 sq ft (34,931.0 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectDennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd.
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates
Highcliff (left) and The Summit (right)

Highcliff (Chinese: 曉廬; Cantonese Yale: Híulòuh) is a 252.4-metre (828-foot) tall skyscraper located on a south slope of Happy Valley on the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. The 75 storey (70 floors of which are liveable space) building's construction began in 2000 and was completed in 2003 under a design by DLN Architects & Engineers. It was the Silver Winner of the 2003 Emporis Skyscraper Award, coming in second to 30 St Mary Axe in London. The tower is the tallest all-residential building in Hong Kong and the 95th tallest building in the world when measured to the highest architectural feature.

Highcliff is remarkably thin for such a tall building. It has a slenderness ratio of 1:20, claimed to be the highest in the world for a residential building.[2] Because of this, a passive wind damper was fitted to the top. This wind damper was the first of its kind for a residential building anywhere in the world. This was installed because of the number of typhoons which affect Hong Kong in the late summer.

Due to the visual effect of its proximity to The Summit, another very thin and tall building, the two together are often referred to as "The Chopsticks".

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  1. ^ "Highcliff - SkyscraperPage.com". Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  2. ^ Willis, Carol. "SLENDERNESS: NEW YORK | HONG KONG - Presented by The Skyscraper Museum". skyscraper.org. Retrieved 24 January 2016.

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Preceded by
Post Tower
(Bonn, Germany)
Emporis Skyscraper Award (Silver)
Succeeded by
Torre Agbar
(Barcelona, Spain)