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Old September 22nd, 2007, 06:06 PM   #1721
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that's a good pic. at least theyre showing some progress
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 06:13 PM   #1722
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 06:15 PM   #1723
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thw for the pic d7b hope you like it ...
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 06:24 PM   #1724
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 07:41 PM   #1725
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 09:12 PM   #1726
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 09:36 PM   #1727
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stunning stunning pics fatshe. thanks a lot. it's looking a lot slimmer from some angles now that they've extended the cladding down towards the podium.

i'm coming to HK on monday. can't wait to see her in the flesh/concrete/glass!
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 09:40 PM   #1728
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 01:21 AM   #1729
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wow, thx fatshe for that massive update! and they're over the mechanicals now....hope it will rise quick now
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 07:31 AM   #1730
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Mall aims for 100,000 big spenders a day
13 September 2007
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A new luxury mall in Kowloon West will open early next month with the aim of attracting 100,000 high-spending visitors and tourists daily.

The mall, Elements, a flagship retail property of the MTR Corporation, is located beside the new International Commerce Centre and surrounded by luxury flats.

The MTR Corp's chief retail development manager, Betty Leong Sin-ling, estimated at least 100,000 people would visit the mall every day.

"There are actually a lot of people with high incomes living in Kowloon, and there are very limited luxury brand name stores in the area.

"There has been a boom in tourists from the mainland since 1998, so Tsim Sha Tsui is packed [with tourists]," she said. "The demand is higher than what can be supplied.

"Therefore we think the Kowloon district can afford to have one new mall to cater for tourists and local customers."

With a few hundred thousand people living along the Tung Chung line, and the homes and offices near the mall, Ms Leong said it was hoped that in two to three years, 180,000 people would visit the mall each day.

She said there would also be various ways to help shoppers commute to the mall.

"We have the West Rail line to facilitate visitors who live in New Territories West, and there will be a regional express train to provide access to Guangzhou.

"We will encourage visitors to take our rail lines and shuttle buses, and we will have 1,700 car parking spaces available." she said. "[The car parks] are very important to high-end malls."

She said a shuttle bus service from Kowloon Station to Shenzhen airport would be added later to serve frequent fliers, with passengers being charged for the trip.

Elements will cover a million square feet and its two floors will be the biggest individual retail floors in Hong Kong. Phase I, opening next month, will account for 90 per cent of the overall project area.

The mall will have ambassadors to provide shopping advice and help customers, and there will also be nine "six-star service washrooms" for shoppers, with four on the first floor and five on the second.

Free magazines and drinks will be provided in the lounges outside the washrooms, where brand name perfumes, cologne and aftershave will also be available for customers.

Ms Leong said the developers had spent millions building the washrooms and the facilities would cost up to HK$400,000 a month just to maintain.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 06:12 PM   #1731
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The good life at Union Square
Developments must combine quality working and living conditions to enable the area to become a social hub

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People living or working in the area taking shape above Kowloon Station are on the cusp of a new era with the ICC Tower its icon. When viewed from the sky and at sea level, the ICC will be one of two monuments to finance that will form a visual gateway to Victoria Harbour.

While Hong Kong's skyline will no doubt gain a glorious addition, communities constitute people with their feet firmly on the ground.

Penthouses and luxury duplexes have already been sold in projects ranging from The Arch and Sorrento to HarbourView and One SilverSea, so residents are already in Union Square as builders toil below and - soon enough - above them as the ICC reaches for the sky.

Architects and planners are always keen to avoid repeating some of the flaws in earlier projects and look to other financial districts when guiding the plans for West Kowloon. Financial districts such as the City of London have been described as soulless when the last pinstripe has left for home, or the Friday night pub happy hour evaporates.

So architect Paul Katz's vision for West Kowloon seems a hopeful one as he describes the appeal of the waterfront city. It is one which would attract "intellectual capital" to live and work, he said, and believed Union Square and other parts of West Kowloon should strive to meet the needs of such pools of talent.

Though he seems sceptical about West Kowloon's merits as a cultural hub, saying the Central waterfront should be left open to the public with arts facilities developed there, his argument about the merits of skyscraper living would be welcome in urban Hong Kong. But with this comes his point about developing such concepts as livable cities, with retail, leisure and public transport nearby.

For Katz this is the environmentally friendly way to go in Union Square. One in which people shun the car and take public transport, whether it is the MTR to Central, the bus to the proposed West Kowloon cultural district nearby or a late-night taxi to a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui. Wishful thinking, perhaps, in a city where the latest Mercedes-Benz or BMW is an essential status symbol.

Union Square is going some way to create a sense of atmosphere with the Elements deluxe mall forming the centrepiece of the Kowloon Station complex development. It will have, after all, 1,700 parking spaces in what is being billed as Hong Kong's first "park and shop" concept. Perhaps it is here where one would find the neighbourhood bar, that essential ingredient of communities, at least in the west.

Elements will also feature a 700,000 sqft landscaped garden on its roof deck, hopefully giving Union Square some precious greenery. The marketing mantra of "6,000 families earning 10 times the Hong Kong monthly household average" residing in the surrounding luxury apartments should be able to lure retailers and restaurants.

Katz's vision of an attractive environment for professionals to set up home, shop and golf tee looks like one that can be made a reality. Developers have been given ample opportunity with profitable projects, so maybe it is time to reach for another vision by giving West Kowloon another icon of distinction in the form of world-class cultural facilities.

Consider another view this time from a blog writer working in London's traditional finance hub - the square mile known as the City - home to the London Stock Exchange. "Every community gathers together at 'watering holes' to exchange information of mutual interest. A jungle riverbank, a desert oasis, a City of London pub - each provides a focus for the tribe to gather for gossip.

"We may consider our lifestyle 'sophisticated' but our needs and motivations are basic to the human species. The first priority when planning a world financial centre is to nurture the 'watering holes' and cultivate the gossip networks."

Some in marketing circles have been coy about the term "Union Square". It is said that corporate face is being saved by playing down the title, even though it is up in great fonts outside one of the residencies.

But it has a nice feel to it - even though it may smack of the civil war for American cities - and it is time both sides of Victoria Harbour ceased squaring off and embraced the new neighbourhood, however elitist some may deem it to be. With Hong Kong's centre of world finance already established, now is also the time to nurture the watering holes and cultivate a range of other networks - such as those of a cultural bent.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 07:56 PM   #1732
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The construcion is going well and the tower's facade looks great.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 10:55 PM   #1733
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last what i heard was 310m but there the tower was at the mechs. now it has reached the first floor over the mechanicals so i think 315m
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Old September 25th, 2007, 11:32 PM   #1734
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looking more impressive as it gets taller, so its over a 1000 foot tall now.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 02:00 AM   #1735
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As i was told posts above, ICC reaches now 310 meters high. Thats as tall as Los Angeles Library Tower !
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Old September 26th, 2007, 02:44 AM   #1736
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finally into ZONE G which will consist of 20 floors.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 07:48 AM   #1737
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truely one of the best supertalls uc right now
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Old September 26th, 2007, 11:42 AM   #1738
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The madness of West Kowloon ,by micros @ dchome.net

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Old September 26th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #1739
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Old September 26th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #1740
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