International Finance Centre is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong's Central District. It consists of three skyscrapers and the ifc mall, the Airport Express Hong Kong Station is directly beneath.
Also known as 1IFC and branded as "One ifc", One International Finance Centre was completed in 1998 and opened in 1999. It is 180 m tall, has 39 storeys and four trading floors, 18 high speed passenger lifts in 4 zones, and comprises 784,000 square feet (72,800 m▓). The building has attracted global financial institutions as its tenants, making One ifc a key business destination in Hong Kong. The building currently accommodates approximately 5,000 people.
Also known also as 2IFC and branded as "Two ifc", Two International Finance Centre was completed in 2003. Designed by CÚsar Pelli, this 415 m tall building is currently Hong Kong's tallest, with 88 storeys (an extremely lucky number in Cantonese culture) and 22 high-ceiling trading floors. The highrise is designed to accommodate financial firms. For example, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) is located at the 55th floor. It is equipped with state of the art telecommunications, raised floors for flexible cabling management, and nearly column-free floor plans. The building expects to accommodate up to 15,000 people.
It should be noted that, however, the 88 storeys do not comprise of an actual number of 88 storeys. Some of the "taboo floors" like 14 and 24, which sounds like definitely die and Easy to die in Cantonese respectively, are omitted.
The top floor of Two ifc is slightly higher than the city's landmark the Peak viewing gallery in Hong Kong. It is the third tallest building in the Greater China region and the 6th tallest office building in the world after:
Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Sears Tower in Chicago, USA
The Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China
The rankings are based on structural heights; by roof height only Taipei 101 and Sears Tower exceed it. Tenants of the building include, but are not limited to: Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Warburg Pincus, Nomura Group, UBS AG, Ernst & Young, State Street Corporation, Financial Times, BNP Paribas, Henderson Land Development and Lehman Brothers. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong was completed in 2005. The 40-storey hotel is the first Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.
The ifc mall features a number of top fashion, health & skin care, jewelry and accessory shops, restaurants, and a cinema. The ifc mall houses over 200 different brands. It also features Hong Kong's third c!ty'super store, a gourmet food grocery.