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Old February 8th, 2007, 10:00 AM   #1201
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It doesn't. In fact before the Taipei 101 was built. I look at Kaohsiung as Taiwan's skyscraper city. They did have the tallest building in this province.
Kaohsiung has a landmark building, but not many tall buildings in general. Taiwan is a quake-prone country, so skyscrapers aren't that plentiful at all.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 10:09 AM   #1202
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You mean former cause HSBC moved their HQ to London. But the HSBC building in HK has some good Feng Shui since it's behind the city square plus it's not blocked by other buildings.

If you ever pass by the building on sundays, it becomes Little Philippines
Little Philippines?
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Old February 8th, 2007, 10:28 AM   #1203
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Its because alot of Filipinos OFWs hangout in Statue Square and at the ground flr of the HSBC building. In fact the place is being turned to a mini gambling den since there are alot of gambling activities happening there especially with card games.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 11:28 AM   #1204
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Its because alot of Filipinos OFWs hangout in Statue Square and at the ground flr of the HSBC building. In fact the place is being turned to a mini gambling den since there are alot of gambling activities happening there especially with card games.
What's an OFW? I mean, I know you mean the hired workers, but I've never heard the term OFW used.

Plus, its not just HSBC, last time I went, pretty much they were all over the place from the Star Ferry in Central!

And props to hkskyline for answering my question. Still, I think T101 has a great design, my only criticism would be the lack of context in the surroundings for a supertall to go up like that. Again, BoC was designed to also look like bamboo shoots, albeit presented in a much more abstract way. Personally, I think buildings done with cultural influences (perhaps having its movement captured or otehrwise presented abstractly) is a great idea to bring a uniqueness to certain world cities!
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Old February 8th, 2007, 11:34 AM   #1205
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What's an OFW? I mean, I know you mean the hired workers, but I've never heard the term OFW used.

Plus, its not just HSBC, last time I went, pretty much they were all over the place from the Star Ferry in Central!

And props to hkskyline for answering my question. Still, I think T101 has a great design, my only criticism would be the lack of context in the surroundings for a supertall to go up like that. Again, BoC was designed to also look like bamboo shoots, albeit presented in a much more abstract way. Personally, I think buildings done with cultural influences (perhaps having its movement captured or otehrwise presented abstractly) is a great idea to bring a uniqueness to certain world cities!
OFW means Overseas Filipino Workers. It's a term used by Filipinos to describe Filipinos working overseas mostly blue collared jobs.

And yes they are all over Central. Central is where most HK Filipinos hangout just like Causeway Bay is to Indonesians.

I'm half Filipino myself but I don't hang that much in Central on a Sunday.

As for the Taipei 101, that the only downside to it, the surroundings. It would look better if the building was surrounded by skyscrapers less than 800 ft.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 11:37 AM   #1206
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Yup, I remember when I was a kid the few times I went to Central I was amazed! I'm from HK btw
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Old February 8th, 2007, 11:49 AM   #1207
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Yup, I remember when I was a kid the few times I went to Central I was amazed! I'm from HK btw
Then I should put you at the list of HK forumers in SSC

Anyway, I have alot of Filipino friends here in HK and the only time we are in Central on a Sunday is either drop by Worldwide House or if there's a jam. My friends have a rap group called Likalento and they would sometimes perform on a Filipino event.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 11:54 AM   #1208
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Wellz depends on what that list needs for qualifying, I dont live in HK anymore, but visit every summer. Having a rap group sounds very cool. I have to admit I don't listen to any Asian rap at all (Chinese or otherwise) except maybe Jay (if you count that as rap)
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Old February 8th, 2007, 11:57 AM   #1209
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Anyway, Codino Divino has some of the best nightshots of the HK skyline.

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Old February 8th, 2007, 12:07 PM   #1210
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And props to hkskyline for answering my question. Still, I think T101 has a great design, my only criticism would be the lack of context in the surroundings for a supertall to go up like that. Again, BoC was designed to also look like bamboo shoots, albeit presented in a much more abstract way. Personally, I think buildings done with cultural influences (perhaps having its movement captured or otehrwise presented abstractly) is a great idea to bring a uniqueness to certain world cities!
I actually like the loneliness of 101. It really brings out the height and puts it at the centre of attention without much distraction besides the hills around it.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 12:31 PM   #1211
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Too lonely for my taste. While aesthetically the loneliness of T101 does highlight it amidst a background of nondescript buildings, I find it to be strangely detached, reminds me of a zen buddhist in the middle of lonely gorge, with nothing to focus on but a lone pillar. That feeling, while calming, doesn't bring out the liveliness of a city.

I just realized I read way too much into it. lol
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Old February 8th, 2007, 01:30 PM   #1212
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I've heard a lot of criticism over 101's appearance, but perhaps if they are aware of the cultural elements behind the design, they can make a more informed opinion.
I don't think that's it at all, certainly not in my case.

I quite like 101's "little sister" Jin Mao, but I find the 101 vomit inducing.
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Old February 8th, 2007, 01:56 PM   #1213
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Old February 9th, 2007, 02:39 AM   #1214
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I don't think that's it at all, certainly not in my case.

I quite like 101's "little sister" Jin Mao, but I find the 101 vomit inducing.
im the opposite, i find jin mao dull and depressing. i think its the greyness of it all. the architectural design was a good idea, but i think they didnt carry it out right ( i mean the progressively smaller sections as the building tapers off)
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Old February 9th, 2007, 05:01 AM   #1215
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im the opposite, i find jin mao dull and depressing. i think its the greyness of it all. the architectural design was a good idea, but i think they didnt carry it out right ( i mean the progressively smaller sections as the building tapers off)
Both buildings have that greyish appearance. The only thing about Jin Mao, it has skyscrapers surrounding it.

I actually have a thread on which is better if it's Jin Mao or Taipei 101

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Are you sure Jin Mao is grey? 101 is definitely not grey.

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My bad, both are glassy
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