International Commerce Centre

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International Commerce Centre
International Commerce Centre 201008.jpg
The International Commerce Centre and the Union Square development in August 2010
General information
Status Complete
Type Hotel
Commercial offices
Location 1 Austin Road West
West Kowloon
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°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 started 2002
Completed 2010
Opening 2010
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)
Technical details
Floor count 108 above ground, 4 below (see details)
Floor area 274,064 m2 (2,950,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 83
Design and construction
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (design)
Belt Collins & Associates (landscape)
Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.
Developer Sun Hung Kai Properties
Structural engineer Arup
Main contractor Sanfield Building Contractors Limited
International Commerce Centre
Traditional Chinese 環球貿易廣場

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 is the world's ninth tallest building by height, world's fourth tallest building by number of floors, as well as the tallest building in Hong Kong.

International Commerce Centre compared with other tallest buildings in Asia.

Notable amenities include The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong hotel and an observatory called 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 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.[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 (HK) Ltd.

Construction work was temporarily halted[8] on 13 September 2009 due to an elevator shaft accident which killed six workers.[9]

Floor count[edit]

The building has 108 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" (4, 14, 24, etc.) were omitted. Therefore, it is marketed as a 118-story 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.

102nd – 118th floor The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
101st floor 101 dining restaurant
100th floor 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 Retail
B4th - B1st floor Car park


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b International Commerce Centre at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  2. ^ International Commerce Centre at Emporis
  3. ^ International Commerce Centre at Glass Steel and Stone
  4. ^ a b International Commerce Centre at 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. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  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 2011-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Hotel Information". The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 

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