International Commerce Centre

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International Commerce Centre
International Commerce Centre 201408.jpg
International Commerce Centre in 2014
General information
Status Complete
Type Hotel
Commercial offices
Location 1 Austin Road West
West Kowloon
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°18′12.21″N 114°9′36.61″E / 22.3033917°N 114.1601694°E / 22.3033917; 114.1601694Coordinates: 22°18′12.21″N 114°9′36.61″E / 22.3033917°N 114.1601694°E / 22.3033917; 114.1601694
Construction started 2002
Completed 2010
Opening 2010
Management Kai Shing Management Services Limited
Architectural 484.0 m (1,587.9 ft)
Tip 484 m (1,587.9 ft)
Top floor 118
Observatory Sky100
387.8 m (1,272.3 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 108 above ground, 4 below (see details)
Floor area 274,064 m2 (2,950,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 83
Design and construction
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (design)
Belt Collins & Associates (landscape)
Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.
Developer Sun Hung Kai Properties
Structural engineer Arup
Main contractor Sanfield Building Contractors Limited
International Commerce Centre
Traditional Chinese 環球貿易廣場
Simplified Chinese 环球贸易广场
Cantonese Yale Wàahnkàuh Mauhyihk Gwóngchèuhng

The International Commerce Centre (Chinese: 環球貿易廣場) (abbreviated ICC) is a 118-storey, 484 m (1,588 ft) commercial skyscraper completed in 2010 in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is a part of the Union Square project on top of Kowloon Station. It was the 4th tallest building in the world (third in Asia) when its construction was completed in 2010. Now, it is the world's 11th tallest building by height, world's fifth tallest building by number of floors, as well as the tallest building in Hong Kong.

International Commerce Centre compared with other tallest buildings in Asia.

Notable amenities include The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong hotel and an observatory called Sky100.

The ICC faces the second-tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, the 2 International Finance Centre (IFC) directly across Victoria Harbour in Central, Hong Kong Island. IFC was also developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties, along with another major Hong Kong developer, Henderson Land.


MTR Corporation Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's metro operator and largest property developer respectively, were responsible for the development of this skyscraper. Known in development as Union Square Phase 7, its current name was officially announced in 2005. The International Commerce Centre was completed in phases from 2007 to 2010. The tower opened in 2011, with the Ritz-Carlton opening in late March and the observatory in early April.

The height had been scaled back from earlier plans due to regulations that did not allow buildings to be taller than the surrounding mountains. The original proposal for this building was called Kowloon Station Phase 7 and it was designed to be 574 m (1,883 ft) tall with 102 floors.[7] It would have risen 162 m (531 ft) over the then-current tallest in Hong Kong, 2 International Finance Centre.

The tower was designed by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) in association with Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.

Construction work was temporarily halted[8] on 13 September 2009, due to an lift shaft accident that killed six workers.[9]

Floor count

The building has 108 floors above ground and 4 below ground.[1][4] Due to prevalence of tetraphobia in Hong Kong, floors that would have included the number "4" (4, 14, 24, etc.) were omitted. Therefore, it is marketed as a 118-storey building.

Floor directory

In its basement is the Elements shopping mall, which opened in October 2007.

A five-star hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong occupies floors 102 to 118. The world's highest swimming pool and bar (OZONE) can be found on the top 118th floor.[10]

The building also contains an observation deck on the 100th floor called Sky100 which opened to the public in April 2011. The 101st floor is leased to a number of five-star restaurants.

The rest of the building, except the lobby, contains class-A office space.

118th floor Swimming pool and Ozone in The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Floor M6 Mechanical floor
106th–117th floor (without 104, 105, 114) The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong (Guest rooms)
Floor M5 Mechanical Floor
102nd–103rd floor The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong (Bar and Lobby)
Floor R4, M4-1, M4-2, M4-3 Refuge and mechanical floors
101st floor 101 dining restaurant
100th floor Sky100 Observatory
78th–99th floor (without 83, 84, 93, 94) High zone office floors (2)
Floor R3, M3-1, M3-2 Refuge and mechanical floors
50th–77th floor (without 53, 54, 63, 64, 73, 74) High zone office floors (1)
48th–49th floor Sky lobbies
Floor R2, M2-1, M2-2 Refuge and mechanical floors
12th–47th floor (without 13, 14, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 33, 34, 43, 44) Low zone office floors (2)
Floor M1-1, M1-2, M1-3, M1-5, R1 Refuge and mechanical floors
10th–11th floor Low zone office floors (1)
8th–9th floor Lobby
1st–3rd floor Elements shopping mall
B4th–B1st floor Car park

The ICC Light and Music Show

The LED light show set a new Guinness World Record for the “largest light and sound show on a single building” using a total of 50,000 square metres on two facades of the International Commerce Centre.

The ICC Light and Music Show is designed by lighting designer Hirohito Totsune who already designed the lighting system of the Tokyo Skytree. Similar to the daily “A Symphony of Lights Show” in Victoria Harbour, the ICC Light and Music Show creates a theme and storyline using light and music elements.[11]


See also


  1. ^ a b "International Commerce Centre". CTBUH Skyscraper Database.
  2. ^ International Commerce Centre at Emporis
  3. ^ International Commerce Centre at Glass Steel and Stone
  4. ^ a b "International Commerce Centre". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ International Commerce Centre at Structurae
  6. ^ "International Commerce Centre". Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  7. ^ "International Commerce Center". Leslie E. Robertson Associates. Archived from the original on 14 December 2004. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  8. ^ "地盤平台墜樓6工人全死". Retrieved 13 September 2009.
  9. ^ Kyunghee Park (13 September 2009). "Elevator Shaft Accident Kills Six Workers in Hong Kong Tower". Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Hotel Information". The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  11. ^ "ICC Light and Music Show". Retrieved 4 November 2016.

External links

  • Official website
  • Article about the International Commerce Centre in Building Journal, April 2011.
  • Elements shopping mall official website
  • Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd., "More than half-a-century of architectural design experience in Hong Kong", section "International Commerce Centre and The Cullinan", pp. 31–33, September 2009
  • Geographic data related to International Commerce Centre at OpenStreetMap
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