Two International Finance Centre

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The International Finance Center (abbr. IFC) is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong's Central District.

A prominent landmark on Hong Kong Island, IFC* consists of two skyscrapers, the **IFC Mall, and the 55-story Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Tower 2 is the second tallest building in Hong Kong, behind the International Commerce Center in West Kowloon. It is the fourth-tallest building in the Greater China region and the eighth-tallest office building in the world, based on structural heights; by roof height, only the Taipei 101, Shanghai World Financial Center, Willis Tower, International Commerce Center and Burj Khalifa exceed it. It is of similar height to the former World Trade Center. The Airport Express Hong Kong Station is directly beneath it.

Two International Finance Center, completed in 2003, is attached to the second phase of the ifc mall. This 415-meter-tall building, currently Hong Kong's second tallest, is quoted as having 88 storeys and 22 high-ceiling trading floors to qualify as being extremely auspicious in Chinese culture. It is, however, short of the magic number, due to the fact that "taboo floors" like 14th and 24th are omitted as being inauspicious – 14 sounds like "definitely fatal" and 24 like "easily fatal" in Cantonese.

The highrise is designed to accommodate financial institutions. For example, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is located at the 55th floor. It is equipped with advanced telecommunications, raised floors for flexible cabling management, and nearly column-free floor plans. The building expects to accommodate up to 15,000 people. It is one of relatively few buildings in the world equipped with double-deck elevators.

The 55th, 56th and the 77th to 88th floors were bought by the HKMA for USUS$ 480 million in 2001.[5] An exhibition area, currently containing an exhibit of Hong Kong's monetary history, and a library of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Information Center occupy the 55th floor, and are open to the public during office hours.

Despite common practice for owners to allow naming buildings after its important tenants – the building accommodates some very prestigious tenants – the owners decided not to allow renaming of the building in fairness to all.

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Comments (658)

Edwards Wzxm on June 2

Excellent night shot, great perspective.

Ivan Logvinov on June 7

Thanks for your compliments, Edwards!

GasGasL€X on June 8

Yep this is a pretty photo. Like a city of electricity!

Erol Barutçugil on June 12

Fantastic night photo! Fav+Like. Greetings.Erol

travelerosmx on June 12

Hermosa toma nocturna!
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Saludos afectuosos!

Ivan Logvinov on June 13

Dear friends
GasGasL€X
Erol
travelerosmx
Thank you all for your kind words!

Georgi B. Todorov on June 13

Beautiful night photo!LIKE+F

Aori Ika on June 16

YSL

Greetings from aoriika(^_-)

Ivan Logvinov on June 16

Dear Georgi and aoriika! Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you liked the photo!

Patrizio Rigobello on June 20

Bella scena notturna. LIKE. Un saluto cordiale. Patrizio

Ivan Logvinov on June 22

Dear Patrizio! Thanks for visiting my gallery and all your compliments!

kalina10 on June 22

Niezwykle piękne nocne zdjęcie! Podziwiam! Fav. Like.

Ivan Logvinov on June 25

Dear kalina10! Thank you for your kind words!

philippe salgarolo on June 28

like 368 + fav 122 pour cette magnifique photo de nuit !

Philippe

Ivan Logvinov on June 28

Dear Philippe! Thank you for your nice comment and praise!

krysi@ 14 days ago

Imponujące wieżowce! L

Ivan Logvinov 13 days ago

Thanks, krysi@!

Begoña C L 3 days ago

WOW!!! amazing shot!

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All the best. Begoña

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  • Uploaded on April 20, 2012
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    by Ivan Logvinov
    • Camera: Canon EOS 50D
    • Taken on 2012/03/25 21:08:19
    • Exposure: 0.400s
    • Focal Length: 41.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO1250
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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