International Commerce Centre

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International Commerce Centre
International Commerce Centre 201008.jpg
International Commerce Centre in August 2014
General information
Commercial offices
Location1 Austin Road West
West Kowloon
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°18′12.21″N 114°9′36.61″E / 22.3033917°N 114.1601694°E / 22.3033917; 114.1601694Coordinates: 22°18′12.21″N 114°9′36.61″E / 22.3033917°N 114.1601694°E / 22.3033917; 114.1601694
Construction started2005; 17 years ago (2005)
Completed2010; 12 years ago (2010)
Opening2011; 11 years ago (2011)
ManagementKai Shing Management Services Limited
Architectural484 m (1,587.9 ft)
Tip484 m (1,587.9 ft)
Top floor108
387.8 m (1,272.3 ft)
Technical details
Floor count108 above ground, 4 below (see details)
Floor area274,064 m2 (2,950,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectKohn Pedersen Fox Associates (design)
Belt Collins & Associates (landscape)
Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.
DeveloperSun Hung Kai Properties
Structural engineerArup
Main contractorSanfield Building Contractors Limited
International Commerce Centre
Traditional Chinese環球貿易廣場
Simplified Chinese环球贸易广场
Cantonese YaleWàahnkàuh 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.

International Commerce Centre compared with other tallest buildings in Asia.

Notable amenities include the 312 rooms The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, and an observatory, Sky100.

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.[7] It would have risen 162 m (531 ft) over the then-current tallest in Hong Kong, 2 International Finance Centre.

The tower was designed by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) in association with Wong & Ouyang.

Construction work was temporarily halted[8] on 13 September 2009, due to a lift shaft accident that killed six workers.[9]

Floor count[edit]

The building has 107 floors above ground and 4 below ground.[1][4] 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.

Floor directory[edit]

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.[10]

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. 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[edit]

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.[11]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "International Commerce Centre". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ "Emporis building ID 101555". Emporis. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ International Commerce Centre at Glass Steel and Stone (archived)
  4. ^ a b "International Commerce Centre". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ International Commerce Centre at Structurae
  6. ^ "International Commerce Centre". Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  7. ^ "International Commerce Center". Leslie E. Robertson Associates. Archived from the original on 14 December 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  8. ^ "地盤平台墜樓6工人全死". Retrieved 13 September 2009.
  9. ^ Kyunghee Park (13 September 2009). "Elevator Shaft Accident Kills Six Workers in Hong Kong Tower". Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Hotel Information". The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  11. ^ "ICC Light and Music Show". Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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