International Commerce Centre
|International Commerce Centre|
|Location||1 Austin Road West|
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
|Management||Kai Shing Management Services Limited|
|Architectural||484 m (1,587.9 ft)|
|Tip||484 m (1,587.9 ft)|
387.8 m (1,272.3 ft)
|Floor count||108 above ground, 4 below (see details)|
|Floor area||274,064 m2 (2,950,000 sq ft)|
|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|
|International Commerce Centre|
|Cantonese Yale||Wàahnkàuh Mauhyihk Gwóngchèuhng|
The International Commerce Centre (abbreviated ICC) is a 108-storey, 484 m (1,588 ft) commercial skyscraper completed in 2010 in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is a part of the Union Square project on top of Kowloon station. It was the 4th tallest building in the world (third in Asia) when its construction was completed in late 2010. As of June 2019, it is the world's 12th tallest building by height, world's 9th tallest building by number of floors, as well as the tallest building in Hong Kong and also the 6th tallest building within China if territories are included.
The ICC faces the second-tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, the 2 International Finance Centre (IFC) directly across Victoria Harbour in Central, Hong Kong Island. IFC 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, were responsible for 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 the 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.
The building has 107 floors above ground and 4 below ground. Due to prevalence of tetraphobia in Hong Kong, floors that would have included the number "4" and “13” (4, 13, 14, 24, 34, 44 etc…) were omitted. Therefore, it is marketed as a 118-storey building.
In its basement is the Elements shopping mall, which opened in October 2007.
The rest of the building, except the lobby, contains class-A office space. Future apartment space may be leased for the public in coming years.
|118th floor||Swimming pool and Ozone in The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong|
|Floor M6||Mechanical floor|
|106th–117th floor (without 104, 105, 114)||The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong (Guest rooms)|
|Floor M5||Mechanical floor|
|102nd–103rd floor||The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong (Bar and lobby)|
|Floor R4, M4-1, M4-2, M4-3||Refuge and mechanical floors|
|101st floor||Skydining 101 restaurants|
|100th floor||Sky100 observatory|
|78th–99th floor (without 83, 84, 93, 94)||High zone office floors (2)|
|Floor R3, M3-1, M3-2||Refuge and mechanical floors|
|50th–77th floor (without 53, 54, 63, 64, 73, 74)||High zone office floors (1)|
|48th–49th floor||Sky lobbies|
|Floor R2, M2-1, M2-2||Refuge and mechanical floors|
|12th–47th floor (without 13, 14, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 33, 34, 43, 44)||Low zone office floors (2)|
|Floor M1-1, M1-2, M1-3, M1-5, R1||Refuge and mechanical floors|
|10th–11th floor||Low zone office floors (1)|
|3rd, 8th–9th floor (without 4, 5, 6, 7)||Main lobby|
|2nd floor||Elements shopping mall, Sky100 observatory entrance|
|1st floor||Sky100 observatory ticketing, Pick up & Drop-off|
|Ground floor||Car park, Loading dock, entrance hall|
|B1st-B4th floor||Car park|
The ICC Light and Music Show
The LED light show set a new Guinness World Record for the “largest light and sound show on a single building” using a total of 50,000 square metres on two facades of the International Commerce Centre.
The ICC Light and Music Show is designed by lighting designer Hirohito Totsune who already designed the lighting system of the Tokyo Skytree. Similar to the daily “A Symphony of Lights Show” in Victoria Harbour, the ICC Light and Music Show creates a theme and storyline using light and music elements.
A simplified map of Union Square showing the location of the International Commerce Centre
Access from Elements shopping mall in August 2013
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