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Height: Occupied
387.5 m / 1,271 ft
Height: To Tip
412 m / 1,352 ft
Height: Architectural
412 m / 1,352 ft
Two International Finance Centre Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
10.6 m/s
Tower GFA
185,805 m² / 1,999,988 ft²
Development GFA
437,000 m² / 4,703,829 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Two International Finance Centre
Name of Complex International Finance Center Hong Kong
Other Names 2 IFC
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Hong Kong
Street Address & Map 8 Finance Street
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
Energy Label LEED Gold
Proposed 1996
Construction Start 2000
Completion 2003
Official Website International Finance Center
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #17 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #10 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #7 Tallest in China
City Ranking #2 Tallest in Hong Kong

Companies Involved

Developer Henderson Land Development; Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited; The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited; MTR Corporation Limited
Design Cesar Pelli & Associates
Architect of Record Rocco Design Architects Limited
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
Peer Review Leslie E. Robertson Associates
MEP Engineer
Design J. Roger Preston Group
Main Contractor E Man-Sanfield JV Construction
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Shen Milsom Wilke, Inc.
• Cost Rider Levett Bucknall
• Environmental Westwood Hong & Associates Ltd
Façade Adamson Associates; Israel Berger & Associates
• Fire Rolf Jensen & Associates
• Landscape Urbis
• Marketing CBRE
• Traffic MVA Transportation, Planning & Management Consultants
• Urban Planner Designscape International Ltd.
• Vertical Transportation Lerch Bates
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Cladding Permasteelisa Group
• Construction Hoists Alimak Hek
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Fire Proofing Grace Construction Products
• Paint/Coating AkzoNobel
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation

About Two International Finance Centre

Two International Finance Centre is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s Central District, which is designed to complement the natural beauty of its surroundings. It is located at the narrowest crossing of Victoria Harbour, with Victoria Peak in the background. Part of the Hong Kong Central Station Development, the complex includes One International Finance Centre, Two International Finance Centre, and a retail podium with a public roof garden. The tower stands apart from the cluster of other high-rise buildings, distinguished by its unique configuration as well as its proximity to the water.

Its obelisk form tapers with subtle setbacks, which evokes a sense of ascension. The tower is clad in reflective glass and vertical window mullions, which trace sharp lines from the base to the top of the building. The mullions are shaped like airfoils and painted a silver pearl color, causing the building to shimmer and reflect the water nearby. The scrupulous articulation of the curtain wall softens the surface and emphasizes the verticality of the form. The open design of the tower’s sculptured crown integrates the building with its natural background, letting the sky behind it show through.

Constructed on a square footprint, the floor plan is open, with few structural columns in place. A central core of reinforced concrete holds the primary structure and building services. The core’s size was driven by the need to amplify the efficiency of the vertical transportation system. The tower employs outrigger laterals for stability, utilizing eight main megacolumns, with small secondary columns in the four corners of the building. These techniques were used to keep the perimeter structure minimal, so as to provide flexible office layouts and to maximize the panoramic views from the tower, making the space as comfortable, beautiful, and efficient as possible.

CTBUH Initiatives

Hong Kong & Shenzhen Tour Report: Touring Two Tall Cities
22-23 Sep 2012 – Tour Report

Discovering Asia, from Moscow
23 Apr-2 May 2009 – Tour Report

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


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

The Design Process of Complex Architectural Facades
20 Sep 2012 – Bert van de Linde, Technical Director, Permasteelisa Group

Research Papers

The Foundation Design for Two Super High-Rise Buildings in Hong Kong
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference

Two International Finance Centre
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference