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 (386)

minka1991 on December 10, 2012

Wunderbar fotografierte Skyline...Like 119...Grüße aus Deutschland, Heinz

Biplab Kumar Pal on December 11, 2012

Excellent shot, L+F. Greetings, Biplab.

Mansoor Goheer on December 13, 2012

Wonderful view of skyline with lovely colors, and lights !!

LIKE 122

… Greetings from Pakistan


Albrecht H. on December 14, 2012

Wonderful night shot. Fine lightning!

LIKE 123 & YS 35

My best wishes - A.

Ivan Logvinov on December 14, 2012

Dear friends
Heinz
Biplab
Maria
Mansoor
Albrecht
Thank you all for your kind words!

Sasha-san on December 18, 2012

Очень красивая композиция ночного города!

Нравится!

Приветствие из Харькова!

Ivan Logvinov on December 20, 2012

Александр! Спасибо Вам большое за добрые слова и высокую оценку!

Nyx Ning on December 23, 2012

美丽的地方.喜欢.

Ivan Logvinov on December 23, 2012

非常感谢你说的客气话 !你好,你从俄罗斯!

RGC52 on December 25, 2012

Eccellente foto notturna, LIKE Saluti e BUON ANNO RGC52

Ivan Logvinov on December 26, 2012

Thank you, RGC52! It's very kind of you!

Kicaj on January 5, 2013

Fajny wieżowiec LIKE

Pozdrawiam ciepło z Polski Kicaj

Ivan Logvinov on January 7, 2013

Dear Kicaj! Thank you so much!

Agustin Gil on January 10, 2013

Espetacular, um show!

Ivan Logvinov on January 10, 2013

Dear Agustin, thanks a lot!

Zabb Csaba on January 11, 2013

Wonderful night shot, very nice view. YSL

Best wishes, Csaba

Ivan Logvinov on January 13, 2013

Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :)

sergio Delmonico on January 16, 2013

Wonderful night shot,, Perspective and depth are absolutely nice done. Composition and presentation make these picture attractive. Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

Sergio

Ivan Logvinov on January 16, 2013

Dear Sergio! Thanks a lot for your appraisal! Best regards to you from Russia!

Ivan Logvinov on January 25, 2013

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

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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 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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