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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Ivan Logvinov on July 10, 2014

Dear Nikolai! Thank you so much!

Det Lindinger on July 15, 2014

Great, Super

Well done Ivan ......like & Fav

Best Greetings from Germany, Det!

Jan Sognnes on December 17, 2014

Fantastic night composition!

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Greetings, Jan

Chinappi on April 9, 2015

As far I understand, the job was well done.

Of course, I LIKE this photo.

I am very happy for your visit and your comments. Thank you very much for them.

Greetings.

Bernard.

Ivan Logvinov on April 12, 2015

Dear friends
Det
Jan
Bernard
Thank you all for your kind words!

ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΣ K on December 26, 2015

Excellent photo!

LIKE/FAV!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Greetings

Ivan Logvinov on December 26, 2015

Thank you very much, ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΣ!

j-ryu on January 1, 2016

Ivan Logvinov さん、新年あけましておめでとうございます。素晴らしい香港の夜景 。F+L。

Ivan Logvinov on January 1, 2016

Dear j-ryu, thanks a lot for your visit and comments!

Janulka on January 4, 2016

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Ivan Logvinov on January 4, 2016

Thank you, Jani!

zhsv on January 19, 2016
Ivan Logvinov on January 19, 2016

Спасибо! Привет Минску!

drku on February 23, 2016

eine exzellente nächtliche Aufnahme der City, L 223 & F 63

beste Grüße nach Russland, Klaus

Zygmunt Borowski on February 23, 2016

Very good photo - like

My dear friend I cordially greet - Zygmunt

Ivan Logvinov on February 27, 2016

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

danimero on March 4, 2016

This marveslous nightshot deserves one more YSL

Best wishes

Ivan Logvinov on March 7, 2016

Thanks, Daniel!

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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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