Hong Kong currently has one of the best repertoires of contemporary architecture in the world. A development that has undoubtedly taken place due to the economic prosperity of the place, one of the financial meccas of Asia. And in fact, many of the most splendid examples of architecture are the headquarters of powerful financial institutions. The first of them was the one designed by Norman Foster for the Shanghai Bank.
Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong
Just a few years later, in 1989, the Bank of China Tower was built, also involving one of the world's most revered architects recent times. He was the Chinese nationalized AmericanIeoh Ming Pei, famous for several of his very expensive commissions, but above all for his controversial, functional and now admired Louvre Pyramid in Paris
When this tower was finished, it became, at 367 meters high, the tallest building in Asia and outside the United States. Although soon, in 1992, he was dethroned from that award. And it is that one of the constants in the architecture of skyscrapers all over the world, is that competitive spirit that makes them always want to beat previous records. And we find a good example here, since while the terrace rises to 315 meters, the final figure of 367 is due to the imposing presenceof two giant masts.
However, the Bank of China Tower by I. M. Pei should not only be named for its height, but above all it should be recognized by its shapes. It is a building that in turn is made up of four triangular towers, each with a different height. In this way, volumes are played with, which, although geometric, have something organic. In fact, it has always been said that the architect was inspired by the way bamboos develop.
The basic structure of the building consists of five reinforced concrete columns with their respective diagonal braces. But the most striking thing is its glass and aluminum skin. A coating that offers different advantages both for the interior and for the exterior view. It is a silver reflective glass, which provides significant energy savings for internal dependencies. And in turn, those glasses become a gigantic mirror of the sky, the city and the port, which gives it an imposing presence in the skyline of Hong Kong.
We have already mentioned the resemblance to bamboo, a paradigmatic plant species of Chinese culture, and which here can be interpreted as a sign of vitality and development. But in addition to that, the architect was also inspired by the Feng Shui concepts (in fact, it is a must for any building in Hong Kong. For example, the edges of the triangles from each tower they point to the buildings of other banks, which is something like an attack.And there are many other symbols hidden, withoutgo further that same triangular shape of the towers that comes to mean the representation of money, union and perfection.