The International Finance Centre was completed and became operational in the year 2003. However, it is still the epicenter of all talks related to international business and investment. It has become one of the landmarks of the Hong King Islands that are known worldwide.
It is situated in the midst of a jungle of skyscrapers that have dominated every corner of the island. It seems to command a sense of respect from all those tall buildings. It is one of the most gruesome battle sites in the recent history of international corporations. At the time of writing this, the International Finance Centre is the 8th tallest office building in the entire world. It is often compared to the former World Trade Center in New York. It is a symbol of strength and potential of the new and emerging Asian markets.
The tallest building in Hong Kong, it also has an international symbol of prestige for companies that have their offices in it. It stands out from the crowd and is one of the most recognized modern structures in entire Asia, outside the continent. To the modern world, the International Finance Centre is what the Great Wall used to be to China, a few centuries ago.
The IFC is divided into two main buildings. They are called Tower One and Tower Two. Tower One is known for its signature shopping mall, while the other for its 88 storey’s.
Tower One was completed and started prior to the second one going operational. It has around 40 floors and is no less magnificent than its taller counterpart. It is divided into 4 zones, and is built up on a total area of approximately 800,000 square feet. More than 5,000 people can occupy the building at an instance.
The International Finance Centre was developed under a joint venture of Sun Hung Kai Properties and MTR Corporation. The IFC was created with the aim of exhibiting the financial prowess of Asia to the rest of the world. It is strategically placed; very close to the airport, to make it better accessible for international business tycoons.
Tower Two of the IFC is as appealing as it is magnificent. It is the tallest feature of the complex and was designed by the world renowned architect Cesar Pelli. It was completed only in 2003; years after Tower One became operational. It has 88 floors, as the number 88 is considered to be very lucky in Chinese mythology.
However, it is interesting to note that Tower Two does not have exactly 88 floors. This is due to some other superstitions in the local culture. A number of floors have been omitted while numbering. This is because many numbers, such as 14 and 24 are considered taboo, because they sound very much like some expressions related to death.
The Tower Two of the International Finance Centre is known for its excellent and modern telecommunications facilities. A number of floors have been reserved for the use of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. The floors of the building are designed in such an amazing manner that the columns are not visible at all. This tower is designed to accommodate three times more people than its counterpart. Together, both the towers can accommodate 20,000 people at one go.