International Financial Centre of Hong Kong defines a global financial hub

Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

The Hong Kong Central Station development occupies one of the most beautiful urban sites in the world. The complex includes two office towers with five-star hotels and service apartments, and a four-story podium with premium retail, cinemas, restaurants, and a rooftop garden. Surrounded by a community of skyscrapers, the flagship International Financial Centre Two (IFC2) stands above the rest, powerfully emphasizing the area as a world financial center.

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Capturing the spirit of Hong Kong 

From its primary position in the city and extraordinary height, IFC2 is a beacon on the skyline that marks the entrance to Victoria Harbour.  The tower’s structure is tapered as it rises upward, culminating in a sculptural crown. Its triumphant presence welcomes visitors from around the world to Hong Kong, a cosmopolitan city at the intersection of Western and Eastern culture.

“For me, the IFC2 in Hong Kong is one of the purest, most elemental skyscraper forms I have ever designed. It’s something that has always been in my mind and this was a great opportunity to be able to give reality to this form in such an important place."
– Cesar Pelli, FAIA, RIBA, JIA

An enduring form in global seaport city

IFC2 is a classic obelisk form that meets the scale of the city to contribute a clear and memorable presence. Its centric shape tapers as it rises with carefully proportioned setbacks expressing dynamic vertical ascending movement. The tower’s curtain wall is clad in lightly reflective glass panels and pearl-colored mullions to soften the appearance of its surface. The office floor plates are open, providing corner and perimeter workspaces with stunning views of the city and waterfront. 

Natural wonder influencing design 

The site is located along a uniquely beautiful waterfront site adjacent to the narrowest crossing of Victoria Harbour, with the Central District and Victoria Peak as a backdrop. The building was designed to capture the spirit of the area, in harmony with the natural splendor of its setting. The tower is lit at night, providing a bright and welcoming gesture to Harbour visitors, visible from miles away.

More About the Project

Project Team

Principal Collaborators

  • Architect of Record: Rocco Design Architects Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • MEP: J. Roger Preston Limited

Project Information

  • Location: Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
  • Client: Central Waterfront Property Project Management Company Ltd.
  • Size: 3,400,000 sq. ft. / 311,700 sq. m.
  • Height: 1,378 ft. / 420 m.
  • Completion: 2004
  • Certifications: LEED Gold
  • Firm Role: Design Architect
  • Principal Project Photography: Tim Griffith