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Old October 6th, 2006, 02:12 PM   #1
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The HK skyline, better or worst?

With all the highrise developments happening around the city, HK's skyline is drastically changing. I remembered back in the mid-90s how breathtaking seeing HK's skyline from The Peak where the main focus is still in Central and Wan Chai. During those days Kowloon still had the height limit and Kaitak was still operational.

Now and in the future, Kowloon is rapidly changing and it might take over HK Island especially with developments in Union Square and Kwun Tong. Too many buildings 40-60 storie being built. Some say that the 2-IFC is an eyesore partly blocking the view of the harbour. Once The ICC is built, the tallest will shift to Kowloon.

With all these developments, do you think the HK skyline is looking better or worst?
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Old October 7th, 2006, 03:18 AM   #2
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you mean 'worse'?
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Old October 7th, 2006, 05:51 AM   #3
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Better.
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Old October 8th, 2006, 06:51 PM   #4
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I say worse just because of IFC 2
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Old October 9th, 2006, 06:18 AM   #5
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I say worse just because of IFC 2
The question with the 2-IFC is if fits HK's skyline. One, the presence of this building makes the other skyscrapers look smaller especially iconic ones such as the BoC. Another, it the tower partly blocks the view especially Kowloon.

But one advantage of this scraper is how it gave height to HK's skyline just like what the WTC did in lower Manhattan.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 06:35 AM   #6
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Developers are not in the business of making sure their developments 'fit' the skyline. Even the way they fit into their neighborhood's context is not always well considered, which is why the Town Planning Board has to get involved.

Hong Kong's skyline looks fine from the Peak, which reduces the distortion compared to Tsim Sha Tsui due to the different distances of the key buildings. I wouldn't say 2 IFC fits badly because someone saw the skyline from a distorted angle.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 09:45 AM   #7
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Developers are not in the business of making sure their developments 'fit' the skyline. Even the way they fit into their neighborhood's context is not always well considered, which is why the Town Planning Board has to get involved.

Hong Kong's skyline looks fine from the Peak, which reduces the distortion compared to Tsim Sha Tsui due to the different distances of the key buildings. I wouldn't say 2 IFC fits badly because someone saw the skyline from a distorted angle.
I think before, there was a certain height limit for most HK buildings especially in Central. If you noticed the old buildings like the former Furama Hotel, Swire House or The Mandarin Oriental, they have this certain height limit. The taller buildings are usually in the back like the BoC or the Cheung Kong Centre.
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Old October 9th, 2006, 04:42 PM   #8
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I think before, there was a certain height limit for most HK buildings especially in Central. If you noticed the old buildings like the former Furama Hotel, Swire House or The Mandarin Oriental, they have this certain height limit. The taller buildings are usually in the back like the BoC or the Cheung Kong Centre.
Supertall skyscrapers were not the norm back in the era when the Furama Hotel was built. In fact, the first supertalls came in the late 1980s with the Bank of China. There wasn't an economic basis to have a huge tall skyscraper back in the early 80s and prior when the financial industry was only starting to take off as manufacturing shifted to the mainland. I doubt the height limit is the cause of Hong Kong Island's skyscraper development back then.
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I voted better, simply because I think it's magnificent right now.
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Old October 10th, 2006, 07:21 AM   #10
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i think HK is just getting started~~!! ;-D
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Old October 10th, 2006, 09:56 AM   #11
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of course better..who'd not love to have these developments...
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Old October 11th, 2006, 10:35 PM   #12
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New developments is better for sure
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Old October 12th, 2006, 01:02 AM   #13
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as long as they don't further reclaim or narrow down victoria harbour, then it won't look worse
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Old October 12th, 2006, 04:59 AM   #14
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as long as they don't further reclaim or narrow down victoria harbour, then it won't look worse
I doubt that would happen cause I wouldn't like calling it Victoria River
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Old October 14th, 2006, 11:22 AM   #15
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The question with the 2-IFC is if fits HK's skyline. One, the presence of this building makes the other skyscrapers look smaller especially iconic ones such as the BoC. Another, it the tower partly blocks the view especially Kowloon.

But one advantage of this scraper is how it gave height to HK's skyline just like what the WTC did in lower Manhattan.
2-IFC is indeed a great skyscraper--- a new symbol of Hong Kong Skyline.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 11:02 AM   #16
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2-IFC is indeed a great skyscraper--- a new symbol of Hong Kong Skyline.
Yes it's a new symbol but I think it's gonna be more symbolic once The ICC is completed since both scrapers will serve as gateway towers.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 03:22 PM   #17
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The focus of Hong Kong's skyline is no longer on the traditional core. Mini-skylines are popping up elsewhere as supertalls are built in less expensive districts. A number of developments have popped up in Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong, and the Kai Tak redevelopment will make a decently-sized skyline down there. The West Kowloon stretch is starting to come together (stretching from Union Square to Olympic), but it's hard to see from the typical vantage points - you have to take a ferry to the outlying islands to view it.
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its just gonna get better! no other skyline in the world can compare with hk! dont wanna see a 600+ meter building being built though... at least in the vicinity of Hk island and kowloon. would undermine the stunning appeal of Victoria Peak. IFC and ICC are the maximum acceptable limits of how tall a skyscraper can be here without looking too overwhelming
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Old October 18th, 2006, 12:38 PM   #19
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its just gonna get better! no other skyline in the world can compare with hk! dont wanna see a 600+ meter building being built though... at least in the vicinity of Hk island and kowloon. would undermine the stunning appeal of Victoria Peak. IFC and ICC are the maximum acceptable limits of how tall a skyscraper can be here without looking too overwhelming
That won't happen. Though there was a visionary supertall planned for HK which was The Bionic Tower. But it's gonna be built over water near Green Island.
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Old October 19th, 2006, 02:15 AM   #20
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That won't happen. Though there was a visionary supertall planned for HK which was The Bionic Tower. But it's gonna be built over water near Green Island.
Bionic Tower was never a realistic proposal. The technology still doesn't exist to build so tall without rendering the floorplate useless with elevator shafts.
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