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Old February 24th, 2005, 05:04 AM   #81
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Old February 24th, 2005, 05:12 PM   #82
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OMG, I could kiss your Girlfriend, SanMiguel!!
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Old February 24th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #83
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Cool, it looks like it soon will be topped-out, thanx to your gf SanMiguel
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Old February 24th, 2005, 11:12 PM   #84
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unfortunatelly it seems like i must wait till autumn to see her next
but then I will give her all the kisses she deserve

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Old February 25th, 2005, 04:26 AM   #85
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looks like only a few more floors to go until they move on to the roof!

u got 1 great gf there SanMiguel...lol
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Old March 19th, 2005, 04:25 AM   #86
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Old March 19th, 2005, 05:18 AM   #87
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almost there!
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Old March 19th, 2005, 05:42 AM   #88
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It's huge!
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Old March 19th, 2005, 06:49 AM   #89
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How long now until they start putting up the facade?
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Old March 19th, 2005, 11:14 AM   #90
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Old March 19th, 2005, 11:20 AM   #91
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Seems odd that none of the facade has gone up yet.
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Old March 19th, 2005, 04:05 PM   #92
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What a pitty we couldn't meet up Chad...
well, maybe when i come to BKK

@wjfox2002,
they started the facade yet...it's just not seen from that far...
i go to HK in end of this month and i will go to the construction site to show you some nice new closeups soon!

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Old March 19th, 2005, 04:36 PM   #93
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I think it's typical in China for all the framework to be completed first before the facade goes up.
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Old March 19th, 2005, 05:46 PM   #94
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It definately dominates it's surroundings. Thanks Chad.
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Old March 20th, 2005, 05:15 AM   #95
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Chad is awesome. Thanks for taking pictures for us.
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Old March 20th, 2005, 06:25 AM   #96
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Quote:
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I think it's typical in China for all the framework to be completed first before the facade goes up.
It depends. 2 IFC was being fitted with windows even as the tower rose and it wasn't topped out yet.
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Old March 20th, 2005, 07:05 AM   #97
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It will be a great tower in amidst all the commie blocks. It will make it look even better on comparison.
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Old March 20th, 2005, 08:21 PM   #98
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Some more background on Nina Wang :

Little Sweetie's steady rise to the top
A fortune of US$2.3b, but Nina Wang eats at McDonald's

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29 January 2005
South China Morning Post

Nina "Little Sweetie" Wang Kung Yu-sum has been described as Hong Kong's most eccentric billionaire, and the richest woman in Asia and Britain - five times richer than Queen Elizabeth at one point.

Forbes magazine estimated her personal worth at US$2.3 billion last year and Fortune magazine named her one of the five most-powerful businesswomen in Asia in 1998 and as one of the 50 most-powerful in the world outside the United States in 2002.

The petite 67-year-old - famous for her unconventional dress sense and three tightly braided pigtails, which she recently traded for a cropped hairstyle - has enough clout to have been on the selection committee for the chief executive and a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. She once recalled receiving a letter addressed simply "Kung Yu-sum, Hong Kong".

Despite such a massive fortune, Nina Wang and her late husband Teddy Wang Teh-huei were known for being so tight-fisted they bought cut-price tickets to shows. She has said she shops at factory outlets and often eats McDonald's Filet-O-Fish, keeping her monthly expenditure below $2,800.

The rise of Nina Wang began in 1990 when her husband was kidnapped from his Mercedes outside the Hong Kong Jockey Club, never to be seen again.

She refused to accept his death until her father-in-law, Wang Din-shin, urged the courts to declare his son dead in 1999, but she stepped into his shoes as chairman of the Chinachem group.

With her at the helm, the company created a vast portfolio of offices, shopping centres, apartment blocks, cinemas and industrial sites. In 2001, her dream of building the world's tallest skyscraper was shattered by the government's height restriction for buildings close to the airport. She maintains a number of properties bearing her first name, including the forthcoming Nina Tower, to open in Tsuen Wan in September.

The probate hearing over Teddy Wang's estate provided plenty of fodder for followers of Nina Wang's eccentricity. Allegations of sex, lies, abuse and a myriad personal anecdotes - even nicknames such as "silly pig" that Wang called his wife - emerged.

She never testified, but her father-in-law, who said she had a "wicked heart", revealed intimate details of her life, including claims she was found with contraceptive pills despite his son being infertile. Her father later said she had confessed to having an affair in 1968 with a warehouse boss.

Nina Wang, however, hit back through her lawyer, accusing her father-in-law of being a womaniser, an opium-smoker and of costing Chinachem vast sums and of mismanaging the company. The struggle for the $27 billion estate is set to continue as she has been granted leave to take the case to the Court of Final Appeal.

She has, however, claimed she would give away her entire fortune to charity when she died.
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Old March 21st, 2005, 06:05 AM   #99
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thanks very much chad, nice update!
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Old March 27th, 2005, 12:44 AM   #100
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Harbour views threatened by high-rise plan
Critics say that even Lion Rock will not look the same after 13 skyscrapers are built in the next three years

Ng Kang-chung
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When visitors go up to The Peak in 2007 to admire the view, they will see a rather different landscape and cityscape to the one they see now. And the chances are they will see a less majestic-looking Lion Rock, with skyscrapers clustered in the western Kowloon reclamation area partially obscuring the city's most famous natural landmark.

Despite public concerns about the natural look of Hong Kong, and ongoing efforts to preserve the ridgeline and harbour view, 13 skyscrapers, all of more than 60 storeys, are expected to rise on both banks of Victoria Harbour over the next three years.

The Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau presented a document to the Legislative Council last week that said six of the high-rise buildings would be at Kowloon Station, including residential tower Victory Arch, HarbourSide and a 110-storey commercial-hotel tower, both of which will be developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP).

Two will be in Tsuen Wan (Chinachem Group's Nina Tower and Chelsea Court by Sun Hung Kai Properties), and five will be on the Sai Wan Ho waterfront, in eastern Hong Kong Island, as part of a residential project being built by Henderson Land Development.

Bureau head Michael Suen Ming-yeung said Chapter 11 ("Urban Design Guidelines") of the Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines was published in November 2003, after the plans for the 13 buildings had been given official approval. The guidelines were therefore not applicable to these 13 high-rise buildings.

City watchers have observed that the "skyscraper syndrome" (as some critics dub it) set in with the relocation of the airport to Chek Lap Kok. When the airport was in Kowloon City, buildings in the harbour precints and Kowloon peninsula were subject to stringent height restrictions, mainly for flight safety. Height restrictions were also laid down in some land leases.

Concerned groups have been warning of a possible "wall" effect on the waterfront if too many high buildings were built along both banks of the harbour.

"The government is not unaware of the problem," a senior government town planner said. "But control is a sensitive word in Hong Kong, and developers have been a source of resistance."

In 1999, the Town Planning Board issued a vision statement for Victoria Harbour, pledging to make it attractive, vibrant, accessible and symbolic of Hong Kong.

Little seems to have been done, however, besides the setting up of a Harbour-front Enhancement Committee, which is largely a talk-shop with no real power.

Requests for the formation of a statutory harbour authority, similar to those found in the waterfront cities of Sydney and Vancouver, have been rejected by the government.

It was not until four months ago that the Town Planning Board drew up public planning guidelines with interim building height control measures for seven urban areas to protect the views of the ridgeline and the harbour. These were the Central reclamation area, North Point, Mid-Levels east, Wan Chai north, Southeast Kowloon, Hunghom, and Shekkipmei.

According to the guidelines, the southern tip of the west Kowloon reclamation and Tsim Sha Tsui would become major high-rise areas while there would be no additional high-rise zones outside this area. Buildings of 30 to 40 storeys would be allowed in the north of Hong Kong Island, while buildings above 60 storeys should be allowed "inland". Similar control on building heights have been proposed for developments on the southern part of Kowloon peninsula.

While the guidelines are not legally binding, they form a basis for drafting district zoning plans, and those plans will have statutory power, the Planning Department spokesperson said. "These will be the guidelines for the government to decide whether to approve developers' development plans."

Chartered town planner Richard Yu Lap-kee, partner of Nomometric Design and Planning Consultants, welcomed the move, saying the government was finally working in the right direction to protect the skyline. "When I look at Kowloon from Hong Kong Island, I find the view of Lion Rock fully blocked by One Peking Road. It really saddens me," Mr Yu said.

Architect Michael Chiang Hong-man, a champion for preserving the harbour view, said the measures have come too late.

"In some countries, such as Britain, they have laws to protect the rights of views. If developers plan to build high buildings that might block the view, residents can object," he said.

He also criticised the Town Planning Board for too easily approving planning applications.

Controversies erupted in the late 1990s when the board approved the construction of the 88-storey mega tower Two IFC, also built by SHKP.

"Some board members at the time had warned it would harm the view of the ridgeline," a Town Planning Board member said. "But others argued the view would be nicer if it was partly blocked, like peering through a window shade. The result was, of course, the Two IFC."

Architect Mr Chiang said control on building heights not only protected views but also helped to "ease pollution". He cited Causeway Bay, where air is often trapped by high buildings.

A Planning Department spokeswoman said the department had been reviewing certain zoning plans "to set out appropriate building height restrictions".

The department recently completed a review on building height restrictions for the Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong business areas. A two-month public consultation was expected to end next Tuesday. Reviews on the Victoria Harbour waterfront were next on the agenda, she said.

Hong Kong Institute of Architects president Edward Shen said height limit was only one factor affecting urban design.

Legislator Lau Ping-cheung, who represents the architectural, surveying, and planning sectors, said a balance should be struck between good views and the impact on land value. "It is not a science, but largely depends on the social atmosphere," he said.

A lack of constraints on building heights would result in an "uninteresting skyline", Mr Lau said, while warning against imposing measures too strictly. "It could affect urban renewal projects. Developers tear down old buildings and build taller ones so they can have reasonable returns. If the height limit is too strict and makes renewal unprofitable, no one would invest."
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