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Old July 22nd, 2009, 05:25 PM   #21
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Great update! That angle will look like a man made mountain of skyscrapers soon. This building will fill the gap in the first picture very nicely.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 05:54 PM   #22
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I just hope they will build something that fits in this location, not like the hanoi road development. Btw theres a nice outdoor starbucks and a small outdoor location for beer and cocktails just beside this construction site ;-)

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Old July 22nd, 2009, 06:39 PM   #23
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Actually I'm more concerned about the design, instead of the height. Since it's located right at the waterfront, I hope the final design for this project would be something furturistic. By the way, the I-Square in this picture looks very cool.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 07:06 PM   #24
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Was just about to mention that about iSquare Kaitak!
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Old July 31st, 2009, 10:32 PM   #25
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 06:01 PM   #26
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Anyone else wanting to see a render really bad? :-P
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Old August 4th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #27
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i do... but at the same time im hugely skeptical about the design as well (look at hanoi road by the same developer)!
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Old August 15th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #28
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do we have any render of this?
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Old August 21st, 2009, 06:08 AM   #29
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By Itarilde from skyscrapers.cn :

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Old August 25th, 2009, 10:13 AM   #30
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Read in the SCMP the other day that that another tower close to this (Ocean Centre?) will be 369m.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 11:47 AM   #31
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Read in the SCMP the other day that that another tower close to this (Ocean Centre?) will be 369m.
I probably posted this in another thread earlier since it involves several projects :

TST towers skewer new height limits
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The Tsim Sha Tsui skyline, which has been thrusting higher since the closure of Kai Tak airport more than 10 years ago ended height restrictions in its former flight path, could be studded with more big skyscrapers despite new curbs imposed last year.

Conservationists blame a failure of town planning that saw several projects approved before zoning rules came in that cap waterfront building heights at 80 metres. These towers could be more than three times that tall; one developer has permission to go as high as 386 metres.

The Kowloon peninsula will continue to be dominated by the 484-metre International Commerce Centre, built on reclaimed land in West Kowloon, and surrounding buildings. But in the bustling, congested commercial district next door, several tall towers are being built. One, the 250-metre The Masterpiece, opened its 59th floor show flat to VIPs yesterday. Flats in the block in Hanoi Road sell for HK$22,000 per square foot.

Mary Melville, who has lived in Tsim Sha Tsui for 20 years, is not impressed. "This building is just too tall. A public street, Cornwall Avenue, disappeared as a result of the project and people moved out. The public space we get in return is a covered passageway between shops with a few potted plants and half a dozen seats," the 62-year-old said.

Prospective buyer Lau Kwok-sing is attracted to The Masterpiece because it is taller than most buildings in the district. The 52-year-old, who works in the jewellery trade, plans to buy an 800 sq ft flat as an investment.

Property agents expect the tower to be popular with buyers from over the border. "This kind of luxury building is not targeting people on the street but loaded buyers, mostly from the mainland," said Irene Chan, account manager at Midland Realty.

The Masterpiece was jointly developed by the Urban Renewal Authority and New World Development, which also has permission to redevelop the New World Centre on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. The new building could be even taller than The Masterpiece, at 265 metres. Meanwhile, Chinese Estates is building The One, a 160-metre tower on the site of the Tung Ying Building in Nathan Road.

But Wharf Holdings could trump both if it redevelops part of Harbour City. Plans approved 10 years ago allow a hotel/office tower of up to 386.7 metres, or 96 storeys.

All these towers were approved after the closure of the airport in 1998 but before town planners agreed on zoning amendments last year.

"Who has benefited from these gap years?" asked Albert Lai Kwong-tak, chairman of lobby group The Professional Commons. "The government must have known Kai Tak airport was going to move before 1997. How come it took so long to impose height restrictions?"

The zoning plan, with its limits on building height, was changed in response to a public outcry against the construction of massive, wall-like developments that disrupt air flow and block sunlight for surrounding buildings. The changes limit building heights in the West Kowloon Cultural District and Tsim Sha Tsui to between 50 metres and 95 metres. But the changes came years too late to prevent the construction of towers such as The Masterpiece.

"I am sure this building, which has created a wall effect with its tall and flat shape, would not get approval from the Town Planning Board nowadays," said Roy Tam Hoi-pong, president of environmental group Green Sense. "It is just like two football fields standing on end. It blocks the Kowloon ridge line when viewed from Hong Kong Island."

Three years ago, the Town Planning Board expressed concern at the trend for taller and wider buildings, saying they blocked neighbours' views, sunlight and air flow.

The Urban Renewal Authority said the public had been consulted about The Masterpiece.

District councillor Lam Ho-yeung is worried about the impact of such buildings on Tsim Sha Tsui. "I have no idea how the traffic is going to cope with these skyscrapers," he said.

The New World Centre redevelopment will see the office tower and shopping mall turned into a hotel around 70 storeys high. New World Development settled the land premium for the project with the government in 1998, but it was put off because of property market downturns and held up by negotiations on the terms of the land lease. The developer has now cleared all formalities.

A spokeswoman for Wharf Holdings said it had not decided when to begin redeveloping the Ocean Centre at Harbour City. A New World spokesman has previously said the company plans to begin redeveloping the New World Centre this year.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 03:20 PM   #32
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It will be a nightmare to have another 400m tall buildings standing right at the waterfront.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #33
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yea, this is ridiculous not only from an environmental pov, but aesthetically as well. There's no reason to put such tall towers on the waterfront, especially given the relative spaciousness of Kowloon... it'll totally unbalance the skyline and severely handicap developments that are immediately inland...
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Unfortunately, these projects were approved before today's conservation movement became influential. There should be a lapse clause for approved projects.
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Unfortunately, these projects were approved before today's conservation movement became influential. There should be a lapse clause for approved projects.
Hopewell drew back its Mega Tower scale.
Hopefully the New World will do the same thing to pick up some social responsibility.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 11:15 PM   #36
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anyone know the architect...they may be getting a CV... ;-)
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What's the blue one in Hung Hom? Is that the new PolyU Hotel?
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What's the blue one in Hung Hom? Is that the new PolyU Hotel?
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