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Jardine House (Chinese: 怡和大廈), formerly known as Connaught Centre (康樂大廈), is an office tower in Hong Kong. The building is located at 1 Connaught Place, Central on the Hong Kong Island. It is owned by Hongkong Land Limited, a subsidiary of Jardines. At the time of its completion in 1972, Jardine House was the tallest building in Hong Kong and in Asia. In 1980, the Hopewell Centre usurped the title of the tallest building in Hong Kong. The building is interconnected with buildings of Hongkong Land Limited like Exchange Square and International Finance Centre by Central Elevated Walkway.
Jardine House was prominently displayed in the 1988 NBC television miniseries Noble House as the headquarters for Struan's.History
Old Jardine House
The new Jardine House tower replaced the old 16-storey Jardine House that was situated at 20 Pedder Street. The construction of the old Jardine House was finished in 1948. The original building was sold by Jardines during the land acquisition exercise of the Landmark complex in Central and 20 Pedder Street is now occupied by the Wheelock House.New Jardine House
The new building is constructed on a piece of reclaimed land, under a lease term of 75 years, which was secured by Hongkong Land Limited at a record price of HK$248 million in 1970, payable interest free over a period of 10 years. In exchange, the Government agreed that no building directly to the north of Jardine House would ever be built to obstruct its views. As a result, the height of General Post Office building was capped at 120 ft (37 m). Building costs were estimated at $120 million. Construction of the fifty-two storey building took 16 months.
The building featured in the 1978 episode titled "The Chinese Web" of "The Amazing Spider Man" TV series.Design
The building is constructed with a metal frame, and a curtain wall with round windows. The thickness of the structural frame is reduced because of the shape of the windows. Unusually for a Jardine property, elevators were produced by Otis Elevator, while escalators were manufactured by Schindler Elevator.
The circular design of the windows has earned the building the nickname, "The House of a Thousand Arseholes."Current tenants
- The tai pan of 怡和 Jardine Matheson keeps an office on the top two floors.
- British Airways and Qantas Airways ticket office is on the 24th floor.
- The iconic wristwatch company Rolex is located on the 12th floor.
- The international law firm Norton Rose has its Hong Kong office on the 38th floor.