While the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center may be one of the tallest buildings in the world, the 490 meter International Commerce Center (ICC) in Hong Kong is 40 meters taller. The tallest building in Hong Kong, it features space for offices and residences and even touts the world’s tallest hotel and a 360 degree observation deck.
The building was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. According to KPF, “The ICC tower, the tallest building in Hong Kong, accents this new development and provides a new model of green urban design. The tower’s subtly tapered re-entrant corners and the gently sloped curves at its base are designed to optimize its structural performance. These curves splay out at the base of the tower, rooting the tower in its surroundings, while creating sheltering canopies on three sides, and a dramatic atrium on the north side. The atrium gestures towards the rest of the development and serves as a public connection space for retail and rail station functions.
The crown jewel of the Union Square reclamation project, the ICC sets the bar for scale and sustainability. Union Square has been revitalized into a thriving urban center. ICC is the model of sustainability, featuring elevators with a smart card system that puts passengers heading to similar destinations together to reduce the waste associated with vertical travel as well as reusing the water from the A/C unit for use in the cooling towers and toilet flushing. KPF joined forces with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to create the innovative Energy Optimizer air conditioning system that monitors consumption, storing data for further analysis.
Name: International Commerce Centre: Hong Kong
Height: 483m (1585ft)
Developer: Sun Hung Kai Properties
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates