reach for the Sky

Living in a skyscraper city is a unique experience for this Northern California girl. Where I come from, the little-big-town of Sacramento, most buildings don’t reach much higher than the tully fog, and lately, the construction moves slower than snails… But here in this fast paced, ever changing, world financial center city – tall means power & everything vertical is automatically better. Even the furniture is taller to make use of what space IS available. When the island is too small, they add more land & when they use all that, they go back to building UP… even the graves are stacked on mountainsides & in 15 story buildings like the one I see every day, next to the crematorium just across the bay from our apartment!

In an effort to discover which buildings we can see from our flat, I came across this diagram, so I thought I would reblog it for anyone else that was curious which is which when looking at the beautiful lights of Hong Kong. Check back with us soon for the pic & explanation of which we can see from home.

reblogged from: On Seb’s Steps

Hong Kong’s skyline by night


Impressive and at the same time slightly frightening during daytime, Hong Kong’s chaotic and ever-evolving skyline becomes fascinating by night.
With little space available, in spite of land reclamation, new skyscrapers for both offices and housing are emerging all the time in this vertical city. At present the most ambitious projects are reshaping parts of Kowloon, where height restrictions were lifted following the closure of the old international airport twelve years ago. Yet the island of Hong Kong is still home, so far, to the most famous buildings.


A: Far East Finance Centre, 1982, Wong & Ouyang, 176 m
B: Chinese People’s Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building (ex-Prince of Wales Building), 1979, 113 m
C: Bank of America Tower, 1975, Ho & Partners Architects Ltd, 146 m
D: Bank of China Tower, 1990, I. M. Pei & Partners, 367 m
E: Hutchison House
F: AIA Central (ex-AIG Tower), 2005, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, 185 m
G: Cheung Kong Center, 1999, Cesar Pelli & Associates, with Hsin-Yieh Architects and Associates Ltd, 283 m
H: HSBC Headquarters Building, 1985, Norman Foster & Partners, 179 m
I: Standard Chartered Bank Building, 1990, P & T Architects & Engineers, 185 m
J: Hong Kong City Hall, 1956, Ron Phillips and Alan Fitch
K: Mandarin Oriental, 1963, John Howarth of Leigh & Orange
L: Jardine House (ex-Connaught Centre), 1973, Palmer & Turner, 178 m
M and N: 1 and 2 Exchange Square, 1985, Palmer & Turner, 182 m
O: Two International Financial Centre, 2003, Rocco Design Ltd, Cesar Pelli & Association Architects, 416 m
P: 3 Exchange Square, 1988, Palmer & Turner, 144 m
Q: One International Finance Centre, 1999, Cesar Pelli & Associates Architects, Rocco Design limited, 210 m
R: The Center, 1998, Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd, 346 m

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