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Old June 29th, 2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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Langham Place, Hong Kong

Langham Place, an entertainment complex comprising a 15-story shopping mall, a 59-story office tower and a 5-star hotel located in Mongkok district in Kowloon and opened during the end of 2004.


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Old June 29th, 2005, 07:05 PM   #2
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Very nice pics with clear skies?

Were the pictures taken today?...
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I have yet to visit the mall. Is it worth the trip there? How large is the mall.. say in comparison to Times Square?
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MAMMA MIA! beatiful pics!
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I have yet to visit the mall. Is it worth the trip there? How large is the mall.. say in comparison to Times Square?
I would say each floor in Times Square has a bigger area while Langham has a taller mall. Anyway, I think Times Square is slightly bigger since it was on the former tram depot.
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I would say each floor in Times Square has a bigger area while Langham has a taller mall. Anyway, I think Times Square is slightly bigger since it was on the former tram depot.
I see. From the pics, it looks to be quite interesting.

BTW: Great pics Sher
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Old June 29th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #7
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Very nice pics with clear skies?

Were the pictures taken today?...

Not today, the clear ones were taken on June 27 and 28. It was so clear yesterday and I have many more to post, but i need to go to Macao tomorrow so i will post them later!
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Old June 29th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #8
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Langham is in the heart of Mongkok. You can make a quick diversion from the street markets and stop there for some photo-taking before heading back to the MTR / bus stops on Nathan Road.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 12:22 AM   #9
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times square maybe a bigger mall, but the Langham place is definitely more interesting.
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Langham Place offices may reap $7b
Raymond Wang, Hong Kong Standard
July 2, 2005

Great Eagle Holdings plans to start selling offices at its Langham Place complex in August, which analysts estimate will reap up to HK$7 billion to cut the Hong Kong-listed hotel and property investor's debts by almost half.

The company obtained sales consent last week for the office property in Mong Kok's tallest commercial building and plans to launch the sale next month, a Great Eagle source said.

To achieve the best price, the 59-story office tower will be sold on a strata title basis, or floor by floor.

However, the price, which will be based on prevailing market levels in Kowloon of nearly HK$9,000 per square foot, has yet to be finalized, the source said.

Great Eagle managing director Lo Ka-shui had said earlier that the firm's gearing ratio could be further reduced to as low as 50 percent from the current 60 percent if it decided to sell the office space at Langham Place. Lo was not available for comment Friday.

Great Eagle borrowed heavily to build Langham Place, a mixed co-developed project with the Urban Renewal Authority featuring a five-star hotel, high-end shopping mall and Grade A offices. The complex was the company's largest single investment.

Great Eagle had spent HK$10.3 billion as of June 30 last year on the construction of the 1.8 million sqft complex, which was fully open last year. As of December 31, its net outstanding debt was HK$14.66 billion, an increase of HK$904 million from a year earlier. Analysts estimate the company will be able to fetch an average price of at least HK$9,000-10,000 psf and reduce debt by 47.7 percent to about HK$7.66 billion by selling the 700,000 sqft office tower.

Langham Place is expected to sell at better prices than similar Grade A offices in Kowloon since it is newer, with seaviews and a well-connected location, analysts said.

Shrinking supply of new office space and reviving demand are also expected to continue to put upward pressure on Grade A office rents and prices, they added.

Real estate consultant CB Richard Ellis expects Grade A office rents and capital values to show increases of 35 percent and 35-40 percent, respectively, this year. Grade A office rents and capital values jumped 13.6 percent and 21.5 percent, respectively, in the first quarter.

Great Eagle's Lo has said demand for Grade A offices will increase dramatically as supply is forecast to reach a record low from 2006 to 2009, and there will be no new supply in Sheung Wan, Central, Wan Chai or Causeway Bay from 2007 to 2009.

Still, the recovery of the Hong Kong office market has yet to favor Great Eagle, which reported a 6 percent fall in 2004 earnings to HK$312 million due to rent cuts during the economic downturn in previous years. However, the company expected a modest recovery in its Hong Kong rental income this year as new leasing appeared to have gained momentum in 2005 and rental reversions had turned positive.
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Amazing photos. Thanks so much for posting.
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This is one of the best towers in the world - seriously under-rated. The mall looks amazing too.
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Old July 5th, 2005, 06:54 PM   #13
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Thanks. One more taken two days ago at a beautiful sunset:

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Super sexy picture, Sher!!!
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Old July 10th, 2005, 08:28 PM   #16
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The glass menagerie
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Weekend: July 9-10, 2005



Simon Birch

It's a growing trend that shopping malls are becoming arty. And Langham Place will not be left out.

Box - A Hong Kong Exhibition claims to be the city's largest public art installation, with items scattered on five floors of the much-hyped Mong Kok mall. The HK$3 million exhibition features creations by celebrated local, Asian and foreign artists such as Craig Au Yeung, Alan Chan, Benny Au, William Furniss and Simon Birch, who all share a common love for Hong Kong.

Each expresses his or her vision of the city using a phone booth-sized glass box as their canvas.

The curator, British-born Simon Birch, explains: "It's a very simple shape. You can see the box shape everywhere in Hong Kong, in the buildings, in your apartment, office and on buses. It gives a lot of freedom to the artist to do what they want. They can use imagination in a big way."

Birch, a full-time artist and Hong Kong resident since 1997, is the mastermind of what he calls a "modern-day Stonehenge." His urge to make a difference in the local art community fuelled the project six months ago.

"There's not a lot for artists in Hong Kong," he explains. "Rather than just complain, I tried to do something positive for the community so I thought the best solution was to invite the artists to work together on a project. They are supportive and happy to do it because all artists want the same thing. They want exposure, they want people to see their art."

There are those who dismiss showing art in a commercial venue as a gimmick. Birch sees it differently. "You can say the commercial is actually part of the exhibition's concept," he says. "The boxes look like display windows but there's nothing's for sale. Where do you draw the line between art and the commercial?

"People ask me, `Why did you do it? It's a funny place to do it.' But if you want to be involved in art in Hong Kong, you've got to do something, not just talk about it."

His idea, he says, is to bring art to the people, and what more obvious place than a shopping center?

"Lots of people don't normally see art or visit galleries [but they see] it in the shopping center. They are interested in reading about the artists. Some people are confused. Some think its funny [but] it's all very good."

There are limitations, though, on showing art in a public space. "You can't show nudity or bad language. I paint nudes, nude women. Two or three of the boxes were rejected by the shopping center. But that's the compromise you have to make, if you want to get your exhibition to work out," Birch says.

The artists are a diverse bunch, representing disciplines as varied as graphic design, photography, sculpture and multi-media.

The sundry boxes reflect the values, attitudes and idiosyncrasies that best define the city. In architect Greg Pearce's Cellular Zen, fake mobile phones are littered all over the ground inside the cube, which represents a Zen garden. The paradox makes a mockery of our obsessive consumption of techno-gadgetry.

Multi-media artist Rosanna Li also pokes fun at a materialistic lifestyle that glorifies the over-produced and over-spent culture with Soles for the Souls No 2, a cube filled with trendy handbags and shoes made of paper. The choice of material symbolizes fakeness.

Graphic designer Rob Luxton's The Money Trap serves as a wake-up call to workaholic Hong Kongers who ignore their dreams and other important things in life in the relentless pursuit of money.

Other fun items include Kwang Mang-ho's Frog King Museum, outlandishly decorated with more than 900 "artworks" he created, including photos and press clippings. Graphic designer Benny Au's Inside Out invites you into the box where you cannot see out but those outside can see in.

As for Birch, his box, titled Self Portrait, is a sturdy gypsum-made life-sized figure with the fierce face of a monkey king.

"The monkey king presents the rebel and naughty spirit. It's a punk rock character. This kind of spirit is missing in Hong Kong," he says. "It's me and the monkey king together. I am a Westerner but I am a Hong Kong person. So I take the Hong Kong character and mix it with me."

So is he worried that the not-so-art-educated public will not get it? Birch says: "Whether you're interested in art or educated in art or not, you're going to see the works in some way. You may think it's stupid and wonder what it means. But that's the nature of art. It gets reactions from people. People go home from work and say `I saw this thing, what the hell was it?' They are talking about it. It doesn't hurt. It makes people think and communicate.

"If one out of 100 people can understand it, takes interest in the concepts and starts to think creatively, it's already a lovely thing."
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Langham Place to put eight more floors on sale
Raymond Wang, Hong Kong Standard
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Great Eagle Holdings, whose Langham Place complex has already set a new price benchmark for offices in Kowloon, says it is in talks with blue-chip companies and investors ahead of next month's official launch of the 59-story office tower.

The company said it will offer seven to eight floors of Kowloon's tallest commercial building for public sale, after selling the 55th floor this month for about HK$175 million, or more than HK$10,000 per square foot, the highest unit price for Kowloon office premises since 1998.

Great Eagle assistant director Adrian Lee expects sustained demand from both potential occupants and investors due to a dearth of new office space in the area. He said several companies and investors were keen to buy more than one floor in the Mong Kok building.

Great Eagle plans to use the sale proceeds to cut debt and possibly invest in hotels in China.

Lee said that assuming a price of about HK$10,000 psf, the office space would fetch HK$7 billion, reducing the firm's gearing ratio to less than 30 percent from 62 percent.

Analysts said even the company's current gearing ratio is reasonable by international standards. After the sale, they expect the discount of Great Eagle shares to net asset value to narrow.

Great Eagle borrowed heavily to build Langham Place in partnership with the Urban Renewal Authority. The complex, including a five-star hotel, a shopping mall and 770,000 sqft of offices, is its largest investment ever.

The company said its long-term debt stood at HK$14.8 billion as of December 31, 2004.

Until now, the most expensive office space in Kowloon was in the Tsim Sha Tsui district, where unit prices are about HK$8,000 psf. Real estate agents say it is reasonable to expect Langham Place to exceed that since it is new, has seaviews and good transport links.

Great Eagle's Lee predicted GradeA office rents in Central would rise by more than 30 percent over the next 12 months as supply of new office space shrinks and demand revives. "The Kowloon Grade A office market will follow suit," he said.
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Tower to set office rental mark
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Langham Place Office Tower will become the new benchmark for office rentals in Kowloon as a shortage of supply and growing business fuels demand for office space, industry players said.

Developer Great Eagle Holdings is selling the first batch of 10 office floors, from the 35th to 45th floor, at its flagship investment in Mongkok this month. Each floor is 17,400 sqft and prices range from $7,500 to $8,500 per sqft, which is comparable with Kowloon's prime office district of Tsim Sha Tsui.

The 59-storey tower has a total area of 700,000 sqft and is the only new development that has come on stream in the past decade.

"Market response to the tower, riding on the back of a growing demand for office space, has been positive," Great Eagle assistant director Adrian Lee Ching-ming said. Mr Lee said about 70 per cent of potential buyers from the trading and manufacturing sectors would be end-users, and the rest would be property investors.

Central has always been a magnet for financial institutions and Kowloon a traditional district for manufacturing and trading firms. The resurgence of exports from these two sectors had fuelled demand for office space, agents said.

CB Richard Ellis associate director of research Simon Wong said: "Langham Place Office Tower is likely to emerge as a new barometer for Kowloon's office market with regard to bigger companies moving into Mongkok. But it is unlikely to turn into another Central in the near future."

A property consultant, however, was concerned that Langham Place might not appeal to investors because some were sceptical about its upside potential.

"Mongkok is still an untested market for grade-A offices. Some investors consider the Langham Place Office Tower to be a relatively risky investment when office buildings on Hong Kong Island such as Far East Finance Centre and Lippo Centre in Admiralty are only asking for about $7,300 to $9,000 per sqft."

Mr Lee said Great Eagle would hold the floors above the 48th and would gradually release them in accordance with market demand.

More than 90 per cent of the 330,000 sqft area from the 10th to the 33rd floor of the tower, which opened for leasing six months ago, has been occupied.
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