18th May 2019 – (Hong Kong) Upon its completion in 1990, Bank of China Tower was the tallest building in Asia, and Architectural Record called it “the most innovative skyscraper since Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building.” The skyscraper was designed by the late I.M.Pei who recently passed away. The eloquent realization of Pei’s singular design was made possible by several technical innovations, including a patented anchoring system that allowed the structure to move without transferring excessive stresses—a crucial feature in typhoon-prone Hong Kong. The building is clad in 530,000 square feet of custom-designed, aluminum-and-glass unitized curtain wall.
The building’s highest point is at 288 meters, the last terrace at 305 meters and it has two masts that reach the maximum height of 367.4 meters.
Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1989, with its official opening on 17 May 1990. It was the tallest building in Asia until the year 1992.
The following images were taken by a US based photographer/film maker, David Litz. They appeared in a HK Sunday paper magazine supplement in the late 1980s.
The building consists of four triangular towers of glass and aluminum, all of varying heights, emerging from a triumphal podium of beautiful granite. Geometric changes that occur as the building rises into the sky are the most intriguing aspect of the tower. The sharp angles and points of interest make an appearance – a contrast with flat architecture that dominates the city – silver reflective glass used in the tower creates items that reflect the light on sunny days and at night, when Hong Kong is radiant with all kinds of artificial light.