The International Commerce Center is a supertall skyscraper that has been a recent addition to the striking Hong Kong skyline. It is located in West Kowloon in Hong Kong. Also known as the ICC Tower, it is currently the second tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. It is also currently considered as the world’s fourth tallest building.
International Commerce Center History
The International Commerce Center was built in a collaborative effort between MTR Corporation Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties. The building was part of the Union Square project that is built on top of the Kowloon Station. The project was formally announced in 2005. the building was then completed in phases from 2007 to 2010. It was then officially opened in 2011.
The skyscraper was initially planned to be built as Hong Kong’s next tallest building. However, building regulations in Hong Kong do not allow skyscrapers to stand taller than the surrounding mountains in the area. This led to the to the building plans being scaled down to its current height. The building was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in collaboration with Wong And Ouyang Ltd. of Hong Kong.
International Commerce Center Features
The International Commerce Center stands 484 meters or 1,587.9 feet tall. If the construction plans were not scaled down, the skyscraper would have stood 574 meters or 1,883 feet tall. This would be 162 meters or 531 feet higher than 2 International Finance Center, Hong Kong’s current tallest skyscraper.
The ICC Tower also comprises of a total of 108 floors. It has a total of 30 passenger lifts, 14 shuttle lifts and 2 VIP lifts. It was primarily designed for office space use although it also currently houses the Ritz-Carlton 5-star hotel, which occupies level 102 through 118 of the building. It is currently considered as the highest elevated hotel in the world, surpassing the hotel housed in Jin Mao Tower in China. The basement of the skyscraper also houses the Elements shopping mall.