Though not as towering as some of Hong Kong's most tallest skyscrapers, the Lippo Center, formerly called the Bond Center, is still one of the most recognizable structures in the Asia's World City because of its unique architecture. The Lippo Centre is comprised of two towers with protruding windows that resemble koalas hugging a tree, hence its monicker, "The Koala Tree."
This iconic modernist office building located at 89 Queensway, in Admiralty on Hong Kong Island, was designed by renowned American architect Paul Rudolph. Tower I is 44 storeys high (172 m) while Tower II is slightly taller with 48 storeys (186 m), making it the 97th tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong.
British-born Australian magnate and Bond Corporation founder Alan Bond built and developed the two-tower complex in 1987 and named it the Bond Centre. Bond commissioned Hong Kong artist Gerard D'Henderson to create two bas relief walls for each of the towers' lobby. The East Tower mural was to embody the energy and vitality of Hong Kong, while the West Tower mural would express the dynamic power of Australia.
According to an urban legend, the Bond Centre was one of the first casualties of the bad feng shui vibes from the nearby Bank of China Tower, infamous among feng shui practitioners for its sharp edges resembling a knife and numerous 'X' shapes in its design. Due to a financial collapse, Bond sold the twin towers to the Lippo Group of Indonesia and are now known as the Lippo Centre, Hong Kong.
The Lippo Centre is best viewed from Hong Kong Park which offers an unobstructed views of the towers. For a more up close and personal view, the best location would be just outside the Admiralty MTR station on Queensway Road. The twin buildings are also an integral part of Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights at night.