Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Hong Kong Regional Tour
CTBUH 2014 Conference: Shanghai

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September 20, 2014
Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH Database Editor
The Hong Kong Regional Tour began on Saturday morning, which, to everyone’s relief, was sunny. Delegates were met by Christine Bruckner, one of the hosts from the AIA Hong Kong Chapter, in front of the Tai Tung Building, 8 Fleming Road in Wan Chai. The first stop was One Island East, a 298-meter office building located in Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay designed by Wong & Ouyang and completed in 2008. Delegates were greeted by Gordon Ongley and Tom Jeanes of Swire Properties, the hosts for the building tour.

The tour then took a lift to the 67th floor, where attendees were given a presentation and treated to a wonderful view of eastern Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

After the presentation and question and answer session, attendees were taken down to the 4th floor to view a vacant office space. The tour then proceeded next door to the lower level of the Dorset House to view the control room for all of Taikoo Place. It was a very good and informative tour, and the CTBUH thanks Swire Properties.
One Island East Tower
The next stop after a scenic bus ride to Kowloon was the Landmark East complex. Landmark East, designed by tour hosts Arquitectonica, is a twin-tower office complex 187 meters tall and completed in 2008. Tower 1 is also known as AXA Tower and Tower 2 as AIA Tower.  Anthony Lai from Arquitectonica met the tour at the plaza between the two towers.
Tour hosts Gordon Ongley and Tom Jeanes Plaza and Tower 1 (AXA Tower)
The tour walked through the lobbies of Towers 1 and 2 and took a lift up to the 41st floor of Tower 2. From there, the tour climbed a couple flights of stairs to reach the roof. From the roof, attendees got a nice view of the surrounding Kowloon cityscape.

After taking a look at typical office floor, the tour checked out the control room in one of the lower levels.
Landmark East Complex Tower 2 roof top View from the roof
Next it was back on the bus and on to the International Commerce Centre at the Kowloon Station complex. The International Commerce Centre, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, is currently the fifth-tallest building in the world, standing at 484 meters tall. It is listed as having 118 stories, but there are actually 108 individual floors, since the naming of floors ending in the numeral 4 are skipped, accommodating a local superstition. Offices occupy the building through the 99th floor. The observation deck is located on level 100 and the Ritz Carlton Hotel is located on the floors above the observation level. Newly-appointed CTBUH Chairman David Malott was one of the hosts for the tour. Attendees ascended to level 102, where they were treated to an elegant lunch in a private room of Tosca Restaurant. Tosca also features an over-the-top wine cellar on the same floor.
Lunch at 415 meters above ground level David Malott (center) answering questions
After lunch, another lift took the tour up to level 118, where the world’s highest cocktail lounge, Ozone, and the world’s highest swimming pool and spa are located. After a walk-through on the top floor, the team checked out the observation deck, Sky100.

The tour then hopped back on a lift down to ground level to walk through the shopping mall and check out the “dragon-tail” structure at the base of the building.
Inside the "dragon tail" looking toward the shopping arcade "Dragon tail" feature at base of the ICC
After leaving the International Commerce Centre, attendees headed back to Hong Kong Central through the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. Led by Peter Cookson Smith of AIA International, the tour walked through Central before the evening harbor cruise on a Chinese junk, the Aqualuna. Drinks and squid were served while the tour enjoyed the world-famous views of the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines.

Many thanks go out to all sponsors for a fantastic day in Hong Kong.
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All photographs by Marshall Gerometta.