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Hongkong & Shanghai Bank


Hongkong & Shanghai Bank
HSBC Building, 香港上海匯豐銀行總行大廈


Structure in General

existing [completed]
pile foundation
light gray
structural expressionism


commercial office


  • The building has a module design consisting of five steel modules prefabricated in the UK and shipped to Hong Kong. In total 30,000 tonnes of steel and 4,500 tonnes of aluminum were used.
  • Costs to build this very distinctive high-rise building exceeded US $670 million.
  • To illuminate HSBC, the project incorporates 716 intelligent lights including 450 Colour changing fluorescent fixtures in the glass stairwells as well as Martin Exterior 600's and 200 fixtures on five levels, 8 Search lights and over one kilometre of LED lighting around the top of the building.
  • The building is one of the most famous to have been designed by Foster + Partners who also designed 8 Canada Square, HSBC's world headquarters in London.
  • On completion, Hongkong & Shanghai Bank was the world's most expensive skyscraper and today, that title has yet to be surpassed in Hong Kong.
  • This building replaced the old Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank.
  • The atrium is 52 meters tall.
  • Hongkong & Shanghai Bank is one of the world's most famous skyscrapers.
  • A ten-story atrium rises over the public plaza.
  • From concept to completion took 6 years (1979-1985).
  • The design of the building was guided by Feng Shui.
  • In Hong Kong, the building is simply known as 'The Bank'.
  • Launched in January 2004, the HSBC illumination is part of the Victoria Harbour Lighting Plan - a permanent lighting and special effects son et lumiere consisting of the illumination of 18 of Hong Kong’s most prominent buildings.
  • Exterior trusses are expressed in the form of giant steel 'coathangers'.

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1 Queen's Road Central
2B Des Voeux Road Central
1 Queen's Road Central
Central and Western
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Technical Data

586.61 ft
586.61 ft
12.67 ft

Involved Companies

Foster Associates
construction auditing, electrical engineering, elevator supplier, facade designer, facade maintenance system supplier, lighting consultant, lighting installation, quantity surveyor, structural engineering, wind surveyor

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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