Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 Hong Kong & Shenzhen: Touring Two Tall Cities
Post-Congress Regional Tour

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September 2012 View in Chinese (中文版本)

The Hong Kong chapter of the American Institute of Architects, TFP Farrells and longtime CTBUH leader Moira Moser collaborated to organize a tall-building-packed tour of Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Fifteen delegates from the Congress flew to Hong Kong to participate in the free two-day event, which started with a walking tour of tall buildings in the central business district, led by Hong Kong Institute of Planners President Peter Cookson Smith.

Delegates gaze skywards on the morning walking tour.

After the tour, the group visited One Island East, the 298-meter office tower completed in 2008 by Swire Properties, which hosted a lunch in Butterfield’s in TaiKoo Place, along with Hong Kong AIA members. CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson, a design partner with NBBJ, attended to speak about the latest trends in urban design in Asia.

Tall buildings visited on the tour, from left to right: One Island East, International Commerce Centre, Two International Finance Centre, and KK100
“Visitors were quite interested in how Swire Properties has developed Taikoo Shing and Taikoo Place as ‘a city within a city,’ with residential, commercial, office, educational, and other facilities – even an art gallery in the office towers,” Ms. Moser said. “They have also used their newest office tower and their offices in it as a prime example for Hong Kong’s green certification system, BEAM.”
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson speaks about the latest trends in urban design.

The group next headed to Hysan Place, the recently completed mixed-use tower. The project is noted for its natural ventilation control built into the façade of the office sector of the tower; a glazed escalator on the façade of the building at the commercial podium levels; and an open podium terrace within the tower that allows light to penetrate into the building while air circulates below.

Next the attendees traveled across the harbor to visit the International Commerce Centre, at 484 meters the tallest building in Hong Kong. The ICC, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, also includes one of the world’s highest hotels, a Ritz Carlton on top of the tower.
After the ICC, the group took a ferry back across the harbor to tour the Cesar Pelli-designed International Finance Centre, one of the icons of Hong Kong.

The busy first day was capped by a harbor boat trip sponsored by LED Artist, giving participants a stunning view of the skyline and the nightly evening light show.
Delegates enjoy the nightime harbor boat trip

The next day started with a bus ride to Shenzen, one of the fastest growing tall building cities in the world. There are seven buildings taller than 300 meters under construction in the city, according to the Skyscraper Center, the CTBUH’s database.

The group was given an insider’s perspective on KK100, the 442-meter tower completed in 2011, by architect and CTBUH Hong Kong representative Stefan Krummeck, director of TFP Farrells, designer of the tower. KK100 was the tallest building completed in the world in 2011.

Tour attendees at the top of KK100, the tallest building completed in 2011

CTBUH Special Media Correspondent Jeff Herzer, who was on the tour, described KK100 as “ an amazing combination of supertall, retail and residential.”

“I was amazed at how a building the height of the Willis (Sears) Tower can stand so unassumingly at one end of a residential and retail development,” Mr. Herzer said. “KK100 does not feel nearly as massive as Willis.  The green space on top of the retail podium does a great job of knitting together the supertall and the residential buildings, right down to the swimming pool at the base of KK100.”

After a presentation by Yuanda on green curtain walls and lunch at the St. Registransportation and lunch was sponsored by Yuandaattendees toured the studio and gallery of Urbanus, one of the best known and most prolific Chinese architects.

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Delegates Attending the Tour

Organizers: Christine Bruckner AIA Hong Kong

Moira Moser M Moser Associates
Attendees: Terri Boake University of Waterloo

Joseph Burns Thornton Tomasetti

Jay Butler Walsh Construction Group

Gang Chen Arup

James Fortune Fortune Shepler Consulting

Erleen Hatfield Buro Happold

Kourosh Kayvani Aurecon

Eungsoo Kim Benoy Limited

Ronald Lu Ronald Lu and Partners

Jian He Luo Architectural D&R Inst., S. China Univ. of Tech.

Chan Meng Lerch Bates

K Hilary Robie AECOM

Simon Ruppert B+G Ingenieure Bollinger u. Grohmann GmbH

John Sellery M Moser Associates

Abraham Senerman Lamas ASL Sencorp

Cheryl Stein Cheryl Stein Inc.

Kenji Takahashi LIXIL Corporation

Chee Fon Tsang Vipac Engineers and Scientists (HK) Ltd

Frida Volochinsky ASC Sencorp

Zhen Dong Wang Tongji University

Stephen Watts Davis Langdon, An AECOM Company

Bruce Wolfe Conrad Gargett Architecture

San Ren Xiao

Iris Y. Gan Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture