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The International Finance Centre (abbr. IFC, branded as "ifc") is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kongmarker's Central Districtmarker.

A prominent landmark on Hong Kong Island, IFC consists of two skyscrapers, the IFC Mall, and the 55-storey Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Tower 2 is the tallest building in Hong Kong, a title formerly held by Central Plazamarker. It is the third-tallest building in the Greater China region and the seventh-tallest office building in the world, based on structural heights; by roof height, only the Taipei 101marker, Shanghai World Financial Centermarker, and Willis Towermarker exceed it. It is of similar height to the former World Trade Centermarker. The International Commerce Centremarker, currently under construction above the MTR Kowloon station and scheduled for completion in 2010, will surpass 2IFC in each of these categories.

IFC was constructed and is owned by IFC Development, a consortium of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Henderson Land and Towngas.

The Airport Express Hong Kong Station is directly beneath it.

IFC as a brand

Tower 1 is also known as 1IFC and branded as "IFC One". Likewise, Tower 2 is also known as 2IFC and branded as "IFC Two".

1IFC opened in December 1998, towards the end of the Asian financial crisis. Tenants included ING Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, Fidelity Investments, the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority and the Financial Times.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority purchased 14 floors in 2IFC; the HK Mortgage Corporation signed a 12-year lease on ; Nomura Group agreed to take at 2 IFC; the Financial Times, an existing tenant at One IFC, took . Ernst & Young took six floors (from the 11th to 18th floors), or about , in 2IFC, to become the biggest tenant.

2IFC, which was completed at the height of the SARS epidemic, was initially available to rent at HK$25-HK$35 per square foot. In 2007, as the economy has improved, high quality ("Grade A") office space is highly sought after, rents for current leases are $150 per square foot as of March 2007.

One International Finance Centre



One International Finance Centre was completed in 1998 and opened in 1999. It is 210 m tall, has 39 storeys and four trading floors, 18 high speed passenger lifts in 4 zones, and comprises 784,000 square feet (72,850 m²). It is similar in design and appearance to the Goldman Sachs Towermarker. The building currently accommodates approximately 5,000 people.

Notable tenants



Two International Finance Centre

Map of the IFC
2ifc at dusk
Two International Finance Centre, completed in 2003, is attached to the second phase of the ifc mall. This 415-meter-tall building, currently Hong Kong's tallest, is quoted as having 88 storeys and 22 high-ceiling trading floors to qualify as being extremely auspicious in Chinese culture. It is, however, short of the magic number, due to the fact that "taboo floors" like 14th and 24th are omitted as being inauspicious - 14 sounds like "definitely fatal" and 24 like "easily fatal" in Cantonese.

The highrise is designed to accommodate financial institutions. For example, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is located at the 55th floor. It is equipped with advanced telecommunications, raised floors for flexible cabling management, and nearly column-free floor plans. The building expects to accommodate up to 15,000 people. It is one of relatively few buildings in the world equipped with double-deck elevators.

The 55th, 56th and the 77th to 88th floors were bought by the HKMA for US$ 480 million in 2001. An exhibition area, currently containing an exhibit of Hong Kong's monetary history, and a library of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Information Centre occupy the 55th floor, and are open to the public during office hours.

Despite common practice for owners to allow naming buildings after its important tenants - the building accommodates some very prestigious tenants - the owners decided not to allow renaming of the building in fairness to all.

Notable tenants



Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Four Seasons Hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel that was completed and opened in October in 2005. The 206 m (674 ft), 60-storey oceanfront hotel is the only Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. The hotel has three hundred ninety-nine (399) guest suites, and five hundred thirteen (513) serviced apartments. Amenities include a world-class French restaurant Caprice and spa. It is the largest Four Seasons Hotel.


2IFC Trivia

  • Financial Times, HSBC, and Cathay Pacific put up an advertisement on the facade from October to November 2003 that stretched more than 50 storeys, covering an area of 19,000 m² (0.2 million square ft) and a length of 230 m, making it the world's largest advertisement ever put on a skyscraper.


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2 International Finance Centre

Image:HK_IFC_towers_from_bottom.jpg|IFC towers as seen from the streetImage:IFC HKSAR.JPG|Two IFC in the evening. The 3rd-generation Star Ferry Pier can be seen in the lower part of the image.Image:HK-2IFC-sj.jpg|Two IFC at nightImage:Two_IFC.jpg|Sun glinting off Two IFCImage:International Finance Centre Hong-Kong China.jpg|Two IFC from Victoria Peakmarker against the backdrop of other buildings and the harbour.File:Ifc office entrance.jpg|The office lobby in Two IFCImage:International_Finance_Centre_taken_in_afternoon_001.jpg|Afternoon view of Two IFCImage:2 International Financial Centre.jpgImage:Hongkong_International_Finance_Centre.jpgImage:IFC2 IFC1.jpg|IFC2 seen left and IFC1 on the rightImage:Two International Finance Centre (1).jpg|Two International Finance Centre at night, 2 January 2006Image:IFC HK McDonough.jpgImage:IFC_Four_Seasons.JPG|Two International Finance Centre and Four Seasons Hotel, May 2008Image:Peak walk 1.jpg|A merged image taken from nearby Victoria Peak. Two IFC is clearly visible in the centre.Image:IFC_HKG.jpg|International Finance Centre, taken from Queen's Piermarker the day before the closure of Queen's Pier.Image:Hong Kong Monetary Authority.jpg|The headquarters of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority at the 2 IFC.Image:Two IFC and plane.JPG

International Finance Centre Mall

Image:Ifc logo.jpg|The IFC logo on the building facadeImage:Ifc interior.jpg|Various shops and a cinema inside the IFC mallImage:Ifc fashion show.jpg|Fashion show in the IFC mallImage:HK IFC mall near MTR station.jpg|IFC mall near the MTR HK Station

Miscellaneous

Image:Ifc way to pier.jpg|A footbridge from ifc to the outlying island piers, The Discovery Bay PierImage:Ifc hong kong station ad.jpg|A station of the Airport Express is beneath IFCImage:StarFerry-TST.png|The One IFC (right) and the Two IFC (left) as seen from the Star Ferry Pier at Tsim Sha Tsuimarker, KowloonImage:Ifc hong kong station.jpg|The Hong Kong Station in IFCImage:Ifc in town check in.jpg|Airline passengers' check-in at Hong Kong Station, next to the IFC

See also



References

  1. 1 International Finance Centre, Skyscraperpage.com
  2. Danny Chung, Name of the game is signage rights, The Standard, 23 June 2006
  3. Ann Collier, Room at the top for elite, The Standard, Monday, 13 June 2005


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