Two International Finance Centre @ Night

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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. 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 (388)

mg1744 on November 12, 2012

I think you are a specialist in night shots. Very nice vertical composition offset with the lights along the crest of the heights in the background. Like97, Mark

Alla Saed on November 13, 2012

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Ivan Logvinov on November 13, 2012

Dear friends
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Thank you all for your kind words!

Theo Wasserhess on November 13, 2012

Very fine composition and atmosphere, like!

Thanks for your visit and friendly comment!

Best regards Theo

Ivan Logvinov on November 13, 2012

Dear Theo! Thank you for you nice comment and praise!

Panos T. Mourlas on November 14, 2012

Very nice view , looks great!

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Greetings from Greece

Ivan Logvinov on November 14, 2012

Dear Panos! Thank you for your kind words!

Ivan Logvinov on November 14, 2012

Andi! Thanks for visiting and your kind comments!

Carmen T. on November 14, 2012

Bonita fotografía y muy interesante información, Iván L+F

Saludos desde España, Carmen

~adrzym~ on November 15, 2012

Very nice composition! LIKE

Warm greetings from Poland, Adam

Thank you for the visit!

Siger2 on November 16, 2012

Very nice night shot. Bravo ! Like 104

Greetings from Paris - France

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Søren Terp on November 16, 2012

Great night shot - like and YS!

Ivan Logvinov on November 17, 2012

Dear friends
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Thank you all for your kind words!

masa+ on November 17, 2012

Very beautiful night view!

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Ivan Logvinov on November 17, 2012

Dear masa+! Thanks a lot for your appraisal! best regards to you from Russia!

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on November 17, 2012

Shinnning capture. Good night shot--like 107--AnaM

Ivan Logvinov on November 17, 2012

Thanks, AnaMaria! I'm glad you like it!

elakramine on November 17, 2012

Great shot my friend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ivan Logvinov on November 17, 2012

elakramine! Thanks for visiting and your kind comments!

thachhan on November 20, 2012

Very beautiful picture ! LIKE . Best wishes for you , thachhan .

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 20, 2012
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    by Ivan Logvinov
    • Camera: Canon EOS 50D
    • Taken on 2012/03/25 22:50:32
    • Exposure: 10.000s
    • Focal Length: 47.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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