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Bank of China/Central Plaza (Towers to Scale)

Bank of China/Central Plaza <Small>(Towers to Scale)</small>
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The Bank of China is a well thought-out blend of modern architecture and traditional Chinese design. This majestic tower built between 1985 and 1990, is the work of I. M. Pei, the famous Chinese- born architect. It was created to mark great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. The square-shaped, tower is divided into four triangular shafts. It is clad in sweeping glass and aluminum. The four quadrants that rest on the building’s granite solace gracefully diminish one of a time, with the north quadrant progressively giving way, to the west, east and south quadrants, TV respectively. This last quadrant 70 stories above the ground, is topped with an antenna of 52 meters (171 ft.), making the Bank of China, which stands at 36 meters (1,205 ft.), among Asia's tallest buildings.

In 1992 the Central Plaza took over the title Hong Kong's highest structure. This imposing, 78 floors building measures vertigo - inducing 374 meters (1,227 ft.). It dominated the Asian skyline until 1996, when it, too, was eventually dethroned, by the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia. The Central Plaza is an immense tower that is capable of housing 8,000 employees in 173,000 m2 (1,862,217 sq. ft.) of office space shared over 58 floors. In 2000 the year of the dragon, the building was honor of the mythical animal believed to convey power and prosperity. The top the building features a clever- lighting system that signals the time daily between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The pole is equipped with four neon tubes, each representing a 15-minute block. So every quarter hour, one of the tubes changes color according to a precisely defined sequence, thus literally marking the rhythm of Hong Kong's nightlife.


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