International Commerce Centre
|International Commerce Centre|
The International Commerce Centre and the Union Square development in August 2010
|Location||1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
|Management||Kai Shing Management Services Limited|
|Architectural||484.0 m (1,587.9 ft)|
|Tip||484 m (1,587.9 ft)|
|Top floor||468.8 m (1,538.1 ft)|
|Observatory||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|
The International Commerce Centre (Chinese: 環球貿易廣場) (abbreviated ICC) is a 108-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 on top of Kowloon Station. It was the 4th tallest building in the world (third in Asia) when its construction was completed in 2010. Now, it is the world's 10th tallest building by height, world's fifth tallest building by number of floors, as well as the tallest building in Hong Kong.
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 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.
The building has 108 floors above ground and 4 below ground. Due to prevalence of tetraphobia in Hong Kong, floors that would have included the number "4" (4, 14, 24, 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.
|102nd – 118th floor||The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong|
|101st floor||101 dining restaurant|
|100th floor||Sky100 Observatory|
|98th – 99th floor||Sky lobbies Floors|
|51st – 97th floor||High zone office floors|
|48th – 49th floor||Sky lobbies|
|8th – 47th floor||Low zone office floors|
|1st – 5th floor||Elements shopping mall|
|B4th - B1st 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 lightning 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.
Access from Elements shopping mall
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to International Commerce Centre.|
- Official website
- Article about the International Commerce Centre in Building Journal, April 2011.
- Elements shopping mall official website
- 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