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HSBC Headquarter- A Fabricated Gallery By The Way It Was Architected

March 10, 2021

Name(English): HSBC Headquarter
Name(Chinese): 滙豐總行大廈
Category: History and Culture; Architecture
Address(English): 1 Queen’s Road
Address(Chinese): 中環皇后大道中1號
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/DQenNEhjSaRj6Yc6A
Address longitude and latitude: 22.280425705658004, 114.15939722627166
Nearest MTR Station: Central MTR Station Exit K
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/2nwhBkh5jCmVkVVx9
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.28121994702075, 114.1595427024287
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 2 mins walk from Central MTR Station Exit K
Opening Hours:
MON 09:00 – 16:30
TUE 09:00 – 16:30
WED 09:00 – 16:30
THU 09:00 – 16:3
FRI 09:00 – 16:30
*G/F always open unless officially closed by the bank
Recommended Time to Visit: Day time
Accessibility Note: Easy access-flat entrance

The Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarter as said by Norman Foster “In that sense, it was totally pre-fabricated,”. It’s a building that was built in America, Tokyo and Britain and assembled in the construction site itself. 

Front of the HSBC Building

It was built in response to the competition held by HSBC itself in 1979 calling out to architects to design “the best bank building in the world” and Foster did just that. It’s features included the high-tech design and stylistic approach that appeared in the UK during the late 1960s becoming one of the most expensive buildings built costing HKD 5.2 Billion.

At that point in Hong Kong, such a building could not have been imagined standing tall on the grounds of Hong Kong. It was an exceptional building to be built as Hong Kong didn’t have the means or technology for such a building to exist. Hence why it’s known to be fabricated.

All its components were sealed and shipped from the UK, America and Tokyo straight to the site for construction workers to then assemble it all together.  Hypothetically, it can be deconstructed and moved back to the UK block by block.

High-tech design of the interior

It’s architect itself stands out indefinitely. It’s a building without its central core. The mechanism, staircases, lifts are all protruded and exposed on the edges of the building for all to see. It’s more of a gallery rather than an office building by the way it has been architected.

The headquarter as Norman Foster recalls it is an extraordinary experience, “That was something that is still an extraordinary experience. But right then, nothing like it had ever been seen.”.

Visit the HSBC headquarters and be sure to capture your moments with the unique structure for the gram!

Entrance to the HSBC Building

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