Hong Kong Central Plaza


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Central Plaza is the second tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. With a height of 374 m (1,227 ft), Central Plaza is only surpassed by 2 IFC (415 m / 1,362 ft) in Central. The building is located at 18 Harbour Road, in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. It used to be the tallest building in Asia from 1992 to 1996, until the Shun Hing Square in Shenzhen, People's Republic of China, was built. The 78-storey building was completed in August 1995. The building surpassed the Bank of China Tower as the tallest building in Hong Kong until the completion of 2IFC.

Central Plaza was also the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world, until it was surpassed by CITIC Plaza, Guangzhou. The building uses a triangular floor plan. On the top of the tower is a four-bar neon clock that indicates the time by displaying different colors in 15 minute intervals, blinking at the change of the quarter.

An anemometer is installed on the tip of the building's mast; the anemometer sits at 378 m (1,240 ft) above sea level. The mast has a height of 102 m (335 ft). It also houses the world's highest church--Hong Kong City Church.

Design

Central Plaza is made up of two principal components: a free standing 368 m (1,207 ft) high office tower and a 30.5 m (100 ft) high podium block attached to it. The tower is made up of three sections, a 30.5 m (100 ft) high tower base forming the main entrance and public circulation spaces, a 235.4 m (772 ft) tall tower body containing 57 office floors, a skylobby and five mechanical plant floors and the tower top consist of six mechanical plant floors and a 102 m (335 ft) tall tower mast.

The ground level public area together with the public sitting out area forming an 8,400 m² (90,400 sq ft) landscaped garden with richly ornate fountain, trees and artificial stone paving dedicated for public enjoyment. No commercial element is included in the podium. The first level is a public thoroughfare for three pedestrian bridges linking the Mass Transit Railway, the Convention and Exhibition Center and the China Resource Building. By turning these space to public use, the building got 20% plot ratio more as bonus. The triangular building shape of the tower is not truly triangular but with its three corners cut off to provide better internal office spaces.

Information
Location Hong Kong
Status Complete
Groundbreaking January 1989
Constructed 1989 - 1992
Use office, religious
Height
Antenna/Spire 374 m (1,227 ft)
Roof 309 m (1,014 ft)
Top floor 299 m (981 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 78 aboveground
3 belowground
Floor area 172,798 m² (1,859,982 sq ft)
Elevator count 39
Companies
Architect Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd.
Developer The Sino Group, Sun Hung Kai Properties