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The International Commerce Centre (Chinese: 環球貿易廣場) (abbr. ICC Tower) is a 108 floor, 484 m (1,588 ft) skyscraper completed in 2010 in West Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is a part of the Union Square project built on top of Kowloon Station. The development is owned and jointly developed by MTR Corporation Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's metro operator and largest property developer respectively. It is currently the world's fourth tallest building as well as the tallest building in Hong Kong.
Its formal development name is Union Square Phase 7 and the name International Commerce Centre was officially announced in 2005. International Commerce Centre was completed in phases from 2007 to 2010. The tower opened in 2011, with the Ritz-Carlton opening in late March and the observatory in early April.
Sun Hung Kai Properties also developed, along with another major Hong Kong developer, Henderson Land, the second-tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, the 2 International Finance Centre, which is located directly across Victoria Harbour in Central, Hong Kong Island.Development
The height has been scaled back from earlier plans due to regulations that didn't allow buildings to be taller than the surrounding mountains. The original proposal for this building was called Kowloon Station Phase 7 and it was designed to be 574 m (1,883 ft) tall with 102 floors. It would have risen 162 m (531 ft) over the then current tallest in Hong Kong, 2 International Finance Centre.
The tower was designed by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) in association with Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.Floor Directory
A five-star hotel operated by Ritz-Carlton currently occupies floors 102 to 108. The world's highest swimming pool and bar (OZONE) can be found on the top floor. The 2,800 m2/30,000 sq ft Presidential Suite, which costs 100,000 HKD per night, is on the 107th floor. The hotel's arrival lobby is on the 9th floor where guest are greeted by receptionists and taken to express elevators. The express elevators take guests 425 m (1,394 ft) above the ground in 50 seconds to the main lobby on the 103rd floor. Guest keycards are required to use the hotel elevators to access the hotel rooms on floors 104-107. The hotel is targeting a 60% occupancy rate.
The building also contains an observation deck on the 100th floor called Sky100 which opened to the public in April 2011. The 101st floor is leased to a number of five-star restaurants.
The rest of the building, except the lobby, contains "Grade A" office space. Current anchor tenants include investment banks Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.Construction
At its basement is the Elements shopping mall, which opened in October 2007. Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse moved into ICC and occupy 16 and 12 floors respectively,Deutsche Bank occupies 12 floors with the option to expand to 18 floors.
Construction work was temporarily halted on 13 September 2009 due to an elevator shaft accident which killed six workers.