The Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong is one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in Admiralty. It is located at 1 Garden Road, in Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island and serves as the headquarters for the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited.
Also referred to as the BOC Tower, this skyrise was designed by the world renowned Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, the man behind the design of some of the world's most spectacular buildings, including the East Building of Washington's National Gallery of Art, Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the John F. Kennedy Library and the expansion and modernization of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The building stands 72 stories tall, reaching a height of 1,209 feet (369 meters.) At the time of its opening in May 1990, it was the tallest building in Asia and is currently the fourth tallest building in Hong Kong.
Comprised of four triangular glass and aluminum towers with varying heights, the unique architecture of the Bank of China Tower makes it one of the most recognizable landmarks in Hong Kong. The design was inspired by growing bamboo shoots, symbolising livelihood and prosperity.
The entire tower is covered in silver reflective glass making the structure a sight to behold whether at daytime or at night, when the city is aglow with all sorts of artificial light.
The interiors are equally breathtaking. A 14-storey atrium greets visitors as they enter the building. A small observation deck on the 43rd floor offers spectacular views of downtown Hong Kong and beyond. The skydeck is open to the public and can be reached by an elevator.
Even before construction began, the building has already earned criticisms because Feng Shui experts were not consulted during the design phase. Some expertss particularly took notice of the design's numerous 'X' shapes and sharp edges which denote negative symbolism in Feng Shui. The building's profile from some angles also resembles that of a meat cleaver. In Feng Shui, this is described as a cleaver building.
Despite these criticisms, the Bank of China Tower remains an iconic landmark in the Hong Kong skyline.
Bank of China Tower Hong Kong Photos