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Bank of China Tower
中 銀 大 廈

1 Garden Road
Hong Kong HK China

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1985
  Finished1990
Floor Count72
Basement Floors4
Floor Area135,000 m²
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - atrium
 - pole
Architectural Style
 - structural expressionism
 - futurism
 - crystal prism
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - aluminium
 - granite
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire1205 ft
Roof1001 ftWikipedia
Lower roof946 ft''
This is the bottom of the uppermost sloped surface.
Top floor945 ft''
Setback 1691 ft
This is the top of the second highest sloped surface.
Setback 2433 ft
This is the bottom of one of the sloped surfaces.
Setback 3262 ft
This is the bottom of one of the sloped surfaces.
Length173 ft
Ground level0 ft

Description
Companies:
• Architect: Ieoh Ming Pei.
• Owner: Bank of China
• Constructors: AsiaBuild Limited, Hong Kong Construction (Holdings) Ltd., Leslie E. Robertson Associates, Builders Federal (Hong Kong) Ltd., Fisher Marantz Stone, Henraux, Josef Gartner GmbH, Interpane Asia Limited, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP.
• Engineers: Laservision Australia, Grants of Shoreditch Ltd., Martin Professional A/S, Meinhardt (Hong Kong) Ltd, Jaros, Baum & Bolles, Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group BLWTL.
• Elevators: Otis Elevator Company (H.K.) Limited. ____________________________________________________________
Facts & Descriptions

• This was the tallest building in Asia, and the tallest building outside of the United States, at the time of its construction.

• A small skydeck is open to the public on the 42nd floor.

• Construction of this tower was started on 18th April, 1985 and the official opening ceremony was held on 17th May, 1990. The topping out ceremony was held on 8 August 1988.

• Style is based in grouping of four triangular glass and aluminum towers of varying heights that emerge from a square base granite podium, changing geometry in several silver reflective glassy prismatic pyramids. A sense of mineral quartz crystal.

• The megastructural steelwork is expressed externally by naturally anodized panels that form part of the curtainwall.

• Virtually every aspect of this building was planned and development challenged with new techniques from moving material to a height never before achieved outside of the USA, to glazing the largest 25mm thick pattern cut lights ever produced.

• Surpassed Hopewell Centre as the tallest building in Hong Kong when completed. Tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992, until the completion of Central Plaza. It was the tallest outside America from its completion year, 1990.

• First composite megastructure space frame high-rise building.

• This building is one of 18 buildings involved in the Hong Kong Tourism Commission's Victoria Harbour Lighting Plan.

• It has a 15-storey atrium.

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Companies
Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP - Structural engineer
Sherman Kung & Associates Architects Ltd. - Architect
I.M. Pei & Partners - Architect
  
  

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