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 (387)

roby b on November 5, 2012

super shot

like + fav

greetings roby b

Ivan Logvinov on November 5, 2012

Dear Roby, thanks a lot for your visit and comments!

SzőkeSándor on November 6, 2012
  • Dear Ivan!:-)L/85
  • Very beautiful photo, nice shot.Have a nice day today too! Greetings from Hungary,Sandor.
Gustavo Ramos Chagas on November 7, 2012

WOnderful shot!!! Like.

Greetings!

Ivan Logvinov on November 8, 2012

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

Antoni F. on November 10, 2012

fantástica toma, se merece un gran LK

Ivan Logvinov on November 10, 2012

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

mackedwars on November 11, 2012

Impresionante, el ser humano se queda pequeño ante tanta inmensidad.

Like y favorita

Cordiales saludos de Eduardo,

Ivan Logvinov on November 11, 2012

Eduardo, thank you! I appreciate your kind words!

Boby - ilovefoto on November 11, 2012

Great night shot! Like

Best wishes, Boby

Ivan Logvinov on November 11, 2012

Dear Boby, thanks a lot for your visit and comments!

Buts Yuri on November 11, 2012

Очень красивое фото, Иван! Нравится 90! С наилучшими пожеланиями, Юрий.

Ivan Logvinov on November 11, 2012

Рад, что Вам понравилось, Юрий!

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Greetings Kosmas

kurt Oblak on November 11, 2012

Großartige Nachtaufnahme,like 92,gruß KURT

australien67h on November 11, 2012

great

excellent capture

like

Ivan Logvinov on November 11, 2012

Dear friends
Kosmas
Kurt
australien67h
Thank you all for your kind words!

Antonín Bouda on November 11, 2012

Hallo Ivan: GREAT night shot: LYS + congratulation! Best regards to the opposite side of our continent, Tonda.

Madame X Privado on November 11, 2012

Hola,

Es una fotografía preciosa!

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gisela 28 on November 12, 2012

So an interesting place! L Gisela

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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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