Friday, September 21, 2012

14. Two International Finance Center, Hong Kong


Height: 415 meters
Cost to build: US$2.5 billion
Completion date: August 2008
Fast facts: In "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," Lara Croft leaped off the building. In "The Dark Knight," Batman leaped from 2IFC to IFC.

 Two International Financial Center is the definitive point of Hong Kong’s awe-inspiring skyline and a symbol of its wealth. Located in the center of Hong Kong’s financial district, this shimmering 415-meter obelisk fits every criterion of a financial powerhouse. It houses some of the world’s largest financial institutes, it is situated on 8 Finance Street and has 88 floors -- the number eight is an auspicious digit in Hong Kong. The building is topped with a crown that some liken to a beard trimmer.

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