Our very generous host and sponsor, Julia Lau, a graduate of the University of Oregon’s B.Arch program, took us on a tour of this crazy building — the International Commerce Centre (ICC), one of the two ‘gates’ to Victoria Harbour.
Facts: 118 stories, 92 pylons create the foundation, they are placed at 2-3 meters spacing and driven 75 meters into bedrock — this area is vulnerable to typhoons and is also on a fault zone 🙂
The coffer dam is pictured below [the ‘dam’ created to keep water out of the building’s foundation while it’s under construction. To give you an idea of how gnarly this foundation is — each one of those cross-hatch-y bits is driven 75 meters deep, stabilizing the base of this gigantic building in the event of an earthquake or typhoon.This is the fancy interior of the mall underneath the office portions of the ICC Neighbor building, equally huge and crazy View of the harbor — busy busy!
I went for a stroll on the Quarry Bay promenade to get one final glimpse of Hong Kong before I left — this panoramic doesn’t do it justice, but I think it gets across the point that Hong Kong is full of concrete canyons, natural wonder, commerce, and a little of the indescribable.