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Height: Occupied
468.8 m / 1,538 ft
 
Height: To Tip
484 m / 1,588 ft
Height: Architectural
484 m / 1,588 ft
 
International Commerce Centre Outline
Height: Observatory
387.8 m / 1,272 ft
Floors Above Ground
108
Floors Below Ground
4
# of Elevators
83
Top Elevator Speed
9 m/s
Tower GFA
274,064 m² / 2,950,000 ft²
# of Hotel Rooms
312
# of Parking Spaces
1,700

Facts

Official Name International Commerce Centre
Name of Complex Union Square
Other Names ICC
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Hong Kong
Street Address & Map 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Building Functions hotel / office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 2000
Construction Start 2002
Completion 2010
Official Website International Commerce Cente
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #6 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #3 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #2 Tallest in China
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Hong Kong

Companies Involved

Developer Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited
Architect
Design Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Architect of Record Wong & Ouyang
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
Peer Review Leslie E. Robertson Associates
MEP Engineer
Design J. Roger Preston Group
Project Manager Harbour Vantage
Main Contractor Sanfield Building Contractors Limited
Other Consultant
• Cost WT Partnership
• Fire Arup
• Interiors LTW Designworks
• Landscape Belt Collins & Associates
• Quantity Surveyor WT Partnership
• Vertical Transportation Lerch Bates
• Wind RWDI
• (not specified) Meinhardt
Material Supplier
• Cladding ALT Limited
• Construction Hoists Alimak Hek
• Elevator Schindler; Sematic S.r.l.
• Paint/Coating AkzoNobel
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation

About International Commerce Centre

At 98 percent occupancy, the International Commerce Centre houses some of the most prominent financial institutions in the world. The building is routinely recognized as a paragon of good management, from a commercial, environmental, and community standpoint.

The level of energy efficiency achieved by the ICC is unusual for a tall building, and significant investments have been made in improving energy performance over the years, especially since adapting the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems certification in 2011. This commitment was followed by more than 50 advanced energy-saving measures. The Energy Utilization Index (EUI) of ICC’s energy performance in 2013 was 157.3 kWh/sqm, placing it among the top 90 percent of energy-efficient commercial buildings. A computerized building management system manages and controls the energy use in the building. The total energy consumption of the project was reduced from 56.3 million kWh in 2012 to 49.9 million kWh in 2013, a reduction of 6.4 million kWh, or 11 percent.

The air-conditioning system is a high-voltage water-cooled chiller system with a centrifugal separator enhancing the chiller’s coefficient of performance (COP), resulting in an 8 percent reduction in energy consumption. The system’s original corrugated aluminum separator box filter was replaced with a more advanced mini-pleat filter, reducing system pressure by 25 percent and consequently reducing energy consumption as well. Management has carried out a life cycle testing program with Hong Kong Polytechnic Unversity, resulting in energy optimization and significant savings of 7 million kWh from 2011 through 2013. ICC has saved an estimated HK $7 million (US$900,000) annually through this program.

Other energy-saving features include a low-emission curtain wall, natural lighting of the atrium, the wide adoption of energy-efficient lighting fixtures such as LEDs and T5 fittings, and double-decker elevators with destination control and power regeneration functions. Simple actions such as deactivating elevators during low-use periods are equally important. Through these investments, the building reduced CO2 emissions by 4.2 million kilograms in 2013.

The building’s waste-management program has increased its collection of recyclables from 94,000 kilograms in 2013 to 101,714 kilograms in 2013, an 8.21 percent increase. Participation in the recycling program increased from 60 percent of occupants in 2010 to 90 percent in 2013. Recycling items collected have expanded to include waste paper, plastic and aluminum cans, glass bottles, food waste, chemical waste, and coffee grounds, as well as creative reuse of festival decoration items.
Of course, a building’s initial successes in performance-based design can be undone if occupants are not well-trained and motivated to continue imbuing their daily activities with these principles. The key to achieving high performance lies in ICC’s intensive, involved relationship with its tenants. Each tenant is assigned its own account manager, who is in frequent contact with the tenant and learns about their requirements in detail. A 24/7 helpdesk is available for tenants, regardless of where they are in the world.

To ensure ongoing “greenkeeping” by occupants and the wider community, ICC’s management extended its food-waste collection program to the surrounding community, and conducted more than 300 sharing events to promote green principles. The “ICC Celsius 26” plan was launched in 2012, maintaining the building’s common areas at 26 degrees C, warmer than typical engineering standards, but still comfortable. Apart from the base building’s energy audit, ICC provides free energy audits for its tenants upon request.

By using the helpdesk and computerized building systems as a data-collection and dissemination tool, combined with a high level of direct training, interaction and support of tenants, a “virtuous circle” is formed, in which tenants are motivated to adhere to energy guidelines and to contribute data, which is then reported back to tenants and management.

CTBUH Initiatives

Hong Kong Regional Tour Report
19 Sep 2014 – Tour Report

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Tour Report: Touring Two Tall Cities
21-22 Sep 2012 – Tour Report

CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal Paper

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Hong Kong Regional Tour Report
19 Sep 2014, Hong Kong – Tour Report
The tour began at Hong Kong’s One Island East, a 298-meter office building. After a day of activity and touring, the tour ended with an evening harbor cruise, on a Chinese junk.
Hong Kong & Shenzhen Tour Report
21-22 Sep 2012, Hong Kong – Tour Report
Delegates from the Congress flew to Hong Kong to visit one of the tallest cities in the world. The second day included a side trip to Shenzhen, including a private tour of KK100.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal Paper
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the…
Discovering Asia, from Moscow
22 Apr-1 May 2009, Shanghai – Tour Report
Elena Shuvalova, the CTBUH Country Representative for Russia reports on the 4th Russian Intellectual Business.
CTBUH / Nakheel Asia Tour Report
18-28 Apr 2007, Shanghai – Tour Report
CTBUH collaborated with the Dubai-based developer Nakheel and architects Woods Bagot to facilitate a 5-nation tour of seminal tall buildings in south-east Asia.

Videos

Interview: Hong Kong's Role in the History of the Chinese Skyscraper
20 Sep 2012 – Christine Bruckner, AIA Hong Kong

Interview: China's Future Tallest
19 Sep 2012 – David Malott, KPF

Selling Tall: The Branding and Marketing of Tall Buildings
18 Sep 2012 – William Murray Wordsearch

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Interview: Hong Kong's Role in the History of the Chinese Skyscraper
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Christine Bruckner, AIA Hong Kong
Christine Bruckner of AIA Hong Kong is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Christine talks about Hong Kong and…
Interview: China's Future Tallest
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; David Malott, KPF
David Malott of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. David discusses two of China'…
Selling Tall: The Branding and Marketing of Tall Buildings
18 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; William Murray Wordsearch
Tall buildings are important brands – creating both value and recognition for the cities and countries that create them. We have a duty to ensure that the messaging,…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: From New York to Shanghai: A Lifetime of Tall
20 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; William Pedersen, KPF
William Pedersen, Partner, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Mr. Pedersen’s approach to design has been one that weds formal and technical originality with a modesty informed…
Symbiosis: Supertalls and Future Cities
2 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; James von Klemperer, KPF
KPF has designed some of the most iconic tall buildings around the world, including the Shanghai World Financial Centre which won the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Award…

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Research Papers

Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Tallest 15 Cities in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I

Case Study: Hong Kong International Commerce Centre
Nov 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue IV

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Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Tallest 15 Cities in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III; CTBUH Research
With over 1.3 billion citizens and a rapidly urbanizing population, China is developing tall buildings more than any other country globally. Currently it has 239…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I; CTBUH Research
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a…
Case Study: Hong Kong International Commerce Centre
Nov 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue IV; David Malott, KPF
Soaring 484 meters (1,588 feet) above Victoria Harbor, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is the essence of Hong Kong in one destination: high-powered finance,…
Three Mega-Tall Buildings in Hong Kong: Central Plaza, Two International Finance Centre, and International Commerce Centre
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; John W. K. Luk, Julia M.K. Lau & Tim M.T. Mak; Lau Sun Hung Kai Properties
The paper goes over Sun Hung Kai Properties Group as the developer/co-developer of three major tall building commercial complexes in Hong Kong: the Central Plaza, the…
The Foundation Design for Two Super High-Rise Buildings in Hong Kong
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; John Davies, James Lui, Jack Pappin, et al., Ove Arup & Partners
This paper examines the foundation design for the IFC Tower II and Union Square, 420 meters tall and 480 meters tall, respectively.

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Trivia

The Ozone Bar on the 108th floor is the world's highest cocktail lounge in a building at 468.8 m.

The world's highest swimming pool in a building is also located on the 108th floor.