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Height: Occupied
299 m / 981 ft
Height: To Tip
373.9 m / 1,227 ft
Height: Architectural
373.9 m / 1,227 ft
Central Plaza Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Tower GFA
130,140 m² / 1,400,815 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Central Plaza
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Hong Kong
Street Address & Map 18 Harbour Road
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 1989
Construction Start 1989
Completion 1992
Official Website Central Plaza Hong Kong
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #24 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #13 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #10 Tallest in China
City Ranking #3 Tallest in Hong Kong

Companies Involved

Developer Sino Land Company Limited; Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Design Ng Chun Man & Associates, Architects & Engineers China Ltd.
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
Main Contractor Manloze Ltd
Other Consultant
• Cost Rider Levett Bucknall
• Wind Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group
Material Supplier
• Construction Hoists Alimak Hek
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation

About Central Plaza

Central Plaza is located in the Wan Chai commercial area in the heart of Hong Kong’s central business district overlooking the harbor. In order to maximize views of the nearby harbor, the building was designed to be triangular in plan, with two legs of the triangle facing towards the water. With this design, two-thirds of available office space has harbor views, while the final third enjoys views of the mountains and surrounding city. Normally, many would refrain from a triangular plan as it creates too many dead corners; however, in this instance, designers rationalized internal floor space by cutting off the corners of the triangle. These truncated corners provide more workable internal space and avoid the negative connotations of sharp corners, in keeping with principles of feng shui.

The building’s façade is clad in insulated glass of three different colors. Gold and silver coated glass is used in a vertical and horizontal pattern juxtaposed with a ceramic-painted glass to create a shimmering effect. The top of tower has a central mast with three legs at its truncated corners. The crown of the building is topped with a special light feature that tells the time of day with changing colors. Along with the “Lightime” crown feature, the building is illuminated by gold-colored neon-accents built into the façade.

As its name suggests, Central Plaza is intimately connected to the surrounding urban fabric. A covered pedestrian walkway links the building to nearby bus, rail, and ferry terminals, as well as a convention center and government building. Its innovative design, as well as its prominent location, has made Central Plaza an integral part of Hong Kong’s built environment.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH / Nakheel Asia Tour Report
19-29 Apr 2007 – Tour Report


Advanced Structural Silicone Glazing
19 Sep 2012 – Lawrence D. Carbary, Industry Scientist; Dow Corning Corporation