International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong
September 01, 2009 - Kowloon Station
Even by the standards of Hong Kong's skyscraper-studded skyline, the new International Commerce Center is big. Very big.
At 490 meters, or 1,608 feet, the gleaming, nearly complete tower, which has been mushrooming its way into the record books over the past five years, is now the tallest building in Hong Kong.
The 118 stories of the International Commerce Center, or I.C.C., also give it the rank of the world's fourth-tallest building, behind the Burj Dubai in Dubai, Taipei 101 in the Taiwanese capital and the Shanghai World Financial Center.
In Hong Kong, with its constrained topography and position as one of Asia's leading financial hubs, property prices and rents are as sky-high as many of the buildings.
Nevertheless, Sun Hung Kai Properties, the developer behind the I.C.C., says the megatower is almost completely leased.
About 124,000 tons of steel were used in the tower's construction - a weight equivalent to about 720 blue whales or nearly 450 Airbus 380s. And the amount of concrete used could fill 103 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Fourteen soccer fields' worth of glass cover its shimmering exterior, and the air conditioning ducts stretch a total of 19 kilometers, or nearly 12 miles.
Inside, 83 elevators will ferry the tens of thousands of people who will eventually work in the building. The lengths of the elevator shafts alone add up to more than 14 kilometers - the longest, a service lift, has a run of 470 meters.
A 16-floor, 300-room Ritz-Carlton hotel will inhabit the very top.
Read the full story @ Nytimes.com
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