Headquarters & Office Buildings
International Finance Centre
Hong Kong, China
3.4 million square feet / 312,000 square meters
The International Finance Centre occupies one of the most beautiful urban sites in the world, adjacent to the narrowest crossing of Victoria Harbour, with the Central District and Victoria Peak as a backdrop. Part of the Hong Kong Central Station Development, the complex includes the 88-story Two International Finance Center, the 40-story One International Finance Centre and a four-story retail podium with public roof garden.
Two International Finance Centre is the tallest building on Hong Kong Island, its height accentuated by its waterfront site. The entire form is visible as it stands apart from the cluster of other skyscrapers. The building has a clear and memorable presence, a great obelisk at the scale of the city. With its carefully proportioned setbacks, its centric form tapers as it rises, expressing a vertical ascending movement.
The surface articulation of the curtain wall reinforces the verticality of the design. In plan, the walls are convex and the central section is stepped forward, giving the tower a rounded, beveled appearance. The vertical window mullions are shaped like airfoils, tracing sharp lines from base to crown. The tower is clad in lightly reflective vision glass and fritted spandrel glass that softens the tower’s surface. With specially formulated silver pearl-colored paint on the aluminum components, the tower glows warmly against the peak and the city.
The tower of Two International Finance Centre culminates in a sculptural crown. Its open design brings the sky into the tower top, partially dematerializing the building form as it reaches its highest point. When lit at night, the tower top is visible from miles away, a welcoming gesture at the gateway to the harbor. The International Finance Centre captures the spirit of Hong Kong, confident and in harmony with the natural beauty of its setting.