The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong

Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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The Bank of China Tower
Official name:Bank of China (Hong Kong) Tower
Also known as:Bank of China Hong Kong Tower

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Text by Wayne Lorentz

A star among stars, the Bank of China building represents its host city in a number of ways. It is unmistakably modern, blending well with the urban metropolis that has sprouted on the South China Sea. It climbs 1,209 feet into the sky in a dazzling spectacle of blue glass and white framing. Although surrounded by dozens of other skyscrapers, this tower stands out among them all as a landmark in Hong Kong's skyline. The building, however, is uniquely Chinese. Standing among the glass and steel reeds of its neighbors, this building takes the bamboo forest allegory one step further. It is actually constructed in a shape that resembles the stalks of bamboo pushing skyward with a strong central shaft and flanking columns. The building's structural form also defers to Chinese tradition, hiding portions of the exterior cross braces to create diamonds rather than x-shapes in the sky. The cross is considered a symbol of bad luck in Chinese culture, and this could be detrimental to the building's occupancy rate even in modern, overcrowded Hong Kong.

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  wonderful

suherdene - Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 @ 10:17pm  

  man they need more stars for this building. Man. i really like the lights at nite too. another sweet scraper!

Jesse Ehret - Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 @ 11:27am  

  HKers think it has a bad Feng Shui, like a knife in the Skyline. I think, with the light-show at night it should be one of the most dazzling buildings on earth

D.A. - Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 @ 10:16am  

  so pretty

Gloria Cho - Thursday, October 14th, 2004 @ 2:56pm  

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