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Hongkong and Shanghai Bank
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Architect Norman Foster
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Location Hong Kong, China   map
Date 1979 to 1986   timeline
Building Type skyscraper commercial office tower, bank headquarters
 Construction System steel frame and glass
Climate tropical
Context urban
Style High-Tech Modern
Notes Dramatic exoskeleton trusses, interior atrium, escalator entry through glazed atrium floor.
Images

 


Photo, exterior overview

Photo, exterior overview at dusk

Photo, dramatic escalator entry
Drawings

 


Section Drawing


Fifth Floor Plan Drawing

Design Sketch, Section

Building Section

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Discussion Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Commentary

"The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank by Norman Foster is probably the best known, and most widely publicized building of the decade, largely because it was claimed to have cost more money than any other building to erect. Notwithstanding that kind of publicity and the building's subsequent overshadowing by far inferior competitors, it remains a unique architectural achievement and a small wonder of the modern age."

— Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p388.

The Creator's Words

"...What are the short-comings of the high-rise office, which bristles in every business district from Dallas to Tokyo? First a complete absence of variety, inside and out; second, poor technical performance; and third, an almost complete indifference to the public, or semi-public domain at street level..."

— from Foster and Partners

Resources
Sources on Hongkong and Shanghai Bank

Photos by Ian Lambot, courtesy of Sir Norman Foster and Partners. DIL PCD.3735.1012.2064.08, Photo of escalator from outside ground level up into banking hall. DIL PCD.3735.1012.2064.07, Aerial photo of bank exterior at sunset.

Architectural Review, special issue.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. context photo, p357. section, atrium, exterior photos, p389. —

Stephanie Williams. Hongkong Bank: The Building of Norman Foster's Masterpiece. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1989. LC 89-80072. ISBN 0316942383. — Great story of a great buildings. Out of print, but listed at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—

 


 

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