International Finance Centre

The International Finance Centre is part of the Hong Kong Central Station Development and is linked to the Station by a covered footbridge. The complex includes the 88-​storey International Finance Centre, a 40-​storey Finance Centre and a four-​storey retail podium with public roof garden. The towers were completed in two phases: the 40-storey tower in Phase One, and the 88-storey Northeast Tower in Phase Two.  

Two International Finance Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong, 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.

Location: 
Hong Kong, China
Design Architect: 
Pelli Clarke Pelli
Executive Architect: 
Adamson Associates Architects (Cladding) l Rocco Design (Base Building)
Client: 
Central Waterfront Property Development Ltd. / MTR Corporation
Completion: 
2003