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Old November 21st, 2008, 04:35 AM   #1461
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I'd have to agree. There are many amazing things about Hong Kong, but the residential blocks aren't one of them. I actually dislike them quite intensely. I understand the space constraints facing that city, but the monotony of those blocks isn't pleasing visually. I'm not a fan of those bland Canadian or American subdivisions either, but I find them preferable to the typical Hong Kong residential block.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 04:39 AM   #1462
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I like the McMansions better. They could have added some variety to those condos...
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Old November 21st, 2008, 02:26 PM   #1463
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I like the McMansions better. They could have added some variety to those condos...
So do I. Since I don't want to live in a 70-storey-building with 1,200 neighbours I hardly know, without a minimum green space around the house...
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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:38 PM   #1464
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I don't mind condo towers. I just don't want them to all look the same. Not only does Hong Kong build towers that are similar, they build sets of towers that are identical right next to each other. It's one thing to feel like you're living in a box, it's another to look out your window and see that same box.

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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:59 PM   #1465
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Be a bit strange if buildings in the same complex looked different though.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 07:22 PM   #1466
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Old November 21st, 2008, 07:57 PM   #1467
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Toronto is already stunning but if five years...wow!
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Old November 21st, 2008, 07:58 PM   #1468
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Old November 21st, 2008, 08:14 PM   #1469
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I think that is pretty arguable even as much as I dislike the McMansions.
if you guys are going to cast condo superblocks as the same negative light as mcmansions, you're falling into the same superficial mindset which allows fashionistas to criticize both amy winehouse and mother teresa for their bad fashion sense.

superblocks are efficient, and they allow for efficient transit planning. their existence helps to alleviate the worst aspects of urban life. mcmansions on the other hand...
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 02:00 AM   #1470
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I am looking at it from a purely aesthetic POV. You are right that these sueprblocks are endlessly better for urbanity however I don't think one has to trade aesthetics for efficacy and functionality.
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 06:57 AM   #1471
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Residential towers are hardly devoid of aesthetics. Lit-up, most look good at night. Hong Kong being the prime example.
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 07:30 AM   #1472
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 11:49 PM   #1473
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I am looking at it from a purely aesthetic POV. You are right that these sueprblocks are endlessly better for urbanity however I don't think one has to trade aesthetics for efficacy and functionality.
if only you knew about functionality and the built environment now... superblocks are the absolute most efficient form for ultra populated urban areas, given our current costs of building, labor, and technology. the fact you equated superblocks with mcmansions was bad enough.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 12:20 PM   #1474
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Island East and bits of Kowloon Bay.

Don't much fancy the neon blue outline on One Island East.

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Old November 23rd, 2008, 02:17 PM   #1475
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Yeah but you can hardly notice it with the lights of the buildings interior on as well. It looks great. It enhances the skyline in that particular area of Hong Kong as it would all otherwise be around the same height throughout.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 02:22 PM   #1476
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Yeah but you can hardly notice it with the lights of the buildings interior on as well. It looks great. It enhances the skyline in that particular area of Hong Kong as it would all otherwise be around the same height throughout.
The residentials in the front (where I used to live, and lived for nearly 14 years) - Tai Koo Shing - are about 25-30 floors, so 100m at max. Just a bit furter behind is the two towers of the Orchard (barely visible from this angle), which probably come in at around 140m.

Kornhill (the massive block of residentials behind) are the same as Tai Koo Shing, but are situated at an elevated level thus giving you a higher feel.

Just out of the picture on the left is Grand Promenade, a residential complex at 219m.

Further to the right of OIE is another residential (single tower) that was just recently completed (it's blacked out) at just over 40 floors I believe.

The office buildings in that area, Tai Koo Place, are a fair bit higher than the residentials - around 120-160m (as you can see in the picture), and they're planning to rebuild some of the older office blocks into higher towers, so we'll see a newly formed skyline. Unfortunately, a plan for two towers of greater than 200m in height was shot down They're going to come back with a reduced plan though - I'm expecting 160ish-m.

Also, you can notice the dark (green) scaffolding left of OIE - that's a new service apartment/hotel, of which no one knows the height (looks to be about 45 floors already), but it's enough to add visibly to the skyline.

It's a rising skyline.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 02:29 PM   #1477
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Yeah but you can hardly notice it with the lights of the buildings interior on as well. It looks great. It enhances the skyline in that particular area of Hong Kong as it would all otherwise be around the same height throughout.
Speaking of which, the collection of fancy looking buildings in the foreground, Kowloon Bay, could do with a bit of variation. Individually, they're all very nice buildings, but don't stand out as they're all almost exactly the same height as each other, and also, a couple of the nicer ones suffer from behind 'behind' (depending on where you view Kowloon Bay from) the others.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 02:42 PM   #1478
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Anyway, here's a few more images from the same vantage point from the same photographer.

Island East to Sheung Wan. And Kowloon too.

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Kowloon Bay (I think) West. The tower is Skyline Tower, and when not lit up during Christmas, it's a very nice tower. There's some good pics of it, but I can't find one.

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Kowloon Bay in all its glory.

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More Kowloon Bay, with the Skyline Tower.

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Hung Hom and Wan Chai.

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Old November 23rd, 2008, 02:52 PM   #1479
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Sorry, no I'm not Found a pic of the Skyline Tower.

Particularly good picture too, Kowloon Bay in the foreground on the left, Hong Kong Island skyline in the background on the right.

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Old November 24th, 2008, 04:22 AM   #1480
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Some new New York aerials from "Big T" over @ SSP.

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