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 (397)

Ahmet Semen on February 16, 2013

An amazing view, great capture. Like Best wishes from Turkey. Ahmet

Valerio Manassero on February 16, 2013

Interesting and beautiful image. LIKE + Fav! My best wishes! Valerio

Ivan Logvinov on February 18, 2013

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

Jicé Remue on February 18, 2013

like 161 the wonderful colors and composition...
Great picture !!!
Nice week to you.
JC

Ivan Logvinov on February 18, 2013

brussels100, thank you! I appreciate your kind words!

Isse on February 18, 2013

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Ivan Logvinov on February 18, 2013

Thank you, Istvan!

Christian Krawczyk on February 18, 2013

Very good angle and composition about this beautiful picture. Like Greetings from Germany, Christian

Ivan Logvinov on February 18, 2013

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

Frederic Baiges on February 19, 2013

Bona foto nocturna. Like

Salutacions.

CHO PIGU on February 21, 2013

Night view of $ 1 million!!

L&F!

ちょぴぐ Greetings from Japan。

Ivan Logvinov on February 21, 2013

Dear friends
Cieja0
frederic
ちょぴぐ
Thank you all for your kind words!

pepeljuga1 on February 23, 2013

vrlo lepa slika.. odlična kompozicija

FAV+L

Pozdrav, Tanja

Ivan Logvinov on February 24, 2013

Tanja! Thanks for visiting and your kind comments!

amadeus2050 on March 3, 2013

Wonderful picture. LIKE. Best wishes.

amadeus2050.

Maurice Haddad on March 5, 2013

EXCELLENT NIGHT SHOT FOR THE SKYLINE OF THE CITY.
F-47 + L-169.
CHEERS.
MAURICE

Ivan Logvinov on March 5, 2013

Dear amadeus2050 and MAURICE! Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you liked the photo!

Kalin Ranchev on March 6, 2013

Very beautiful place, wonderful night picture!!!

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Greetings,

Kalin

Ivan Logvinov on March 8, 2013

Kalin! Thanks for visiting and your kind comments!

Ali Raza on March 26, 2013

☆☆LIKE!☆☆

Beautiful photo.

Best wishes.

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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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