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Central Plaza

18 Harbour Road, Hong Kong

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Location

Address

18 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Bordering Streets

Harbour Road
Fleming Road
Gloucester Road
Fenwick Street

Neighborhood

Wan Chai
灣仔區

Fast Facts

Built

1992

Maximum Height

1,227 feet / 374 meters

Stories

78

The height of a skyscraper is a powerful statement. It says strength. It says progress. It says that if you have enough height, you don't need a lot of decoration. Think about elegant women at formal functions: The tall ones wear simple, striking gowns. The short ones festoon themselves with baubles and beads. It's a message this building didn't get.

Which is a shame, because this is not a bad building. It's tall. It's in a good location. The spire is nice. But unlike its striking and simple neighbor, Two ifc, Central Plaza suffers from adornment overload.

We know it's pointy. But do we need to reinforce the "reach for the sky" sentiment with flying buttresses? It makes the building look like a 1960's space capsule, not a 1990's architectural icon. And what's up with the gold racing stripes? Is this a "Type R" building? Do the stripes make it go faster or rise taller? Stripes are slimming on a fat man, but on this skyscraper they're misplaced.

The gold stripes are in the shape of the outline of a smaller building, while the rest of Central Plaza reflects the sky. That leaves the impression in the mind that the building is smaller than it is.

Again, there are a number of positives for this building, as well. The developers took the bold step of creating a building with a triangle-shaped footprint. This shape is very friendly to the people who have to work inside, and quite a sacrifice for the developers as it removes a large percentage of the rentable space compared to a square shape.

Raw Data

Construction End

1992

Cost

HK$4,400,000,000

By The Numbers

• Floor space: 1,140,974 square feet
• Glazing: 538,195 square feet of glass.
• Neon: 19,685 linear feet neon lights are used to create displays for holidays and the nightly Hong Kong light show.
• Elevators: 39

Size[Explanation ♐]

Maximum Height: 1,227 feet / 374 meters
Roof Height: 1,014 feet / 309 meters

Floors[Explanation ♐]

78 stories above grade

Noteworthy Facts

• At the time of its completion, this was the tallest building in Asia.
• The top of this building is used as a church.
• The top of this building features an unusual clock. It consists of four horizontal lights that change color to indicate the passing of time. The clock is synchronized to the Hong Kong Observatory's official time.
• During construction, this building rose at an average of one floor every four days.

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People and Companies

Developer

Sino Group
Sun Hung Kai Properties
The Ryoden Group

Architecture Firm

Ng Chun Man & Associates Architects & Engineers

Timeline

• September 11, 2001: The observation deck on the 44th floor of this building closed to the public.

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