International Finance Centre (Hong Kong)

The International Finance Centre, abbreviated as IFC (branded as "ifc") is a skyscraper and an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong's Central District.

Two International Finance Centre
International Finance Centre
Location within Hong Kong
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location8 Finance Street
Central, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°17′6″N 114°9′33″E
Construction started1996; 25 years ago (1996)
Completed1998; 23 years ago (1998)
Opening6 July 1998; 23 years ago (1998-07-06) (One International Finance Centre)
18 October 2003; 17 years ago (2003-10-18) (Two International Finance Centre)
Architectural415 m (1,361.5 ft)
Tip415.4 m (1,362.9 ft)
Roof407 m (1,335.3 ft)
Top floor387.6 m (1,271.7 ft)
Technical details
Floor count88 above ground level,
6 basement floors
Floor area185,805 m2 (1,999,988 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectCésar Pelli & Association Architects[1]
Executive Architect (Cladding)Adamson Associates Architects
DeveloperSun Hung Kai Properties, Henderson Land and Towngas
Structural engineerOve Arup & Partners
International Finance Centre
Traditional Chinese國際金融中心
Simplified Chinese国际金融中心
Cantonese YaleGwokjai Gāmyùhng Jūngsām

A prominent landmark on Hong Kong Island, IFC consists of two skyscrapers, the IFC Mall, and the 55-storey Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Tower 2 is the second tallest building in Hong Kong at a height of 415 m, behind the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon, and the 31st-tallest building in the world. It is the fourth-tallest building in the Greater China region and the eighth-tallest office building in the world, based on structural heights; It is of similar height to the former World Trade Center. The Airport Express Hong Kong station is directly beneath it, with subway lines to Hong Kong International Airport.

IFC was constructed and is owned by IFC Development, a consortium of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Henderson Land and Towngas.[6]

In 2003, Financial Times, HSBC, and Cathay Pacific put up an advertisement on the facade that stretched more than 50 storeys, covering an area of 19,000 m2 (0.2 million square ft) and a length of 230 m, making it the world's largest advertisement ever put on a skyscraper.[7]