Amoy Gardens is a high-density middle-class private housing estate in Hong Kong completed from 1981 to 1987. It was the most affected location during the 2003 SARS outbreak, with over 300 infected people. Amoy Gardens is located in the Ngau Tau Kok area of Kowloon, in the north east of Kowloon Peninsula of Hong Kong, it was on the land the factory of soy sauce and other foods of Amoy Food Limited. Administratively, it is part of the Kwun Tong District. Amoy Gardens comprises 19 blocks, from A to S, with height ranging from 30 to 40 floors; the eight blocks A-H are 33 stories/105 m high, situated on a podium 14 m high, which houses a commercial and shopping center. These eight blocks have 8 apartments per floor arranged in a cruciform shape; each arm of the cruciform contains 2 apartments. There is a shopping mall as well as a food square within the entire Amoy Gardens estate. Toward the end of March 2003, an outbreak of SARS occurred among residents of Amoy Gardens; as of April 15, 2003, there were a total of 321 cases of SARS in the estate.
A concentration of cases was recorded accounting for 41 % of the cumulative total. Block C, block B and block D recorded the second and fourth highest incidence of SARS infections; the other cases were scattered in 11 other blocks. Most of the initial 107 patients from Block E lived in flats. All residents were subsequently moved to Lei Yue Mun and Lady MacLehose Holiday Village for isolation. In the mid-2003, the authority concern found that there were serious problems with the arrangement of bathroom drains which contributed to the spread of SARS; the estate was decontaminated and the residents were able to return. Amoy Gardens is served by the Kowloon Bay Station of the MTR metro system. List of buildings and structures in Hong Kong 淘大花園住戶網 amoygardens.com Case Study: Amoy Gardens Outbreak S. K. Hui, A. Cheung, J. Pang, "A Hierarchical Bayesian Approach for Residential Property Valuation:Application to Hong Kong Housing Market", International Real Estate Review, 2010 Vol. 13 No.1: pp. 1 – 29
World Trade Centre (Hong Kong)
The World Trade Centre is a shopping centre and office tower complex in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. It is connected via passageway to The Excelsior; the complex was developed by Jardines through Hongkong Land. It was sold to Sun Hung Kai Properties, it is situated on land owned by Jardine since the early days of Hong Kong as a British Crown Colony at East Point, where Jardine had their original godowns and offices. Located at No. 280 Gloucester Road, World Trade Centre was built in 1975. Although it housed the nightclub Palace Theatre, it was remodeled to be Hong Kong's most luxurious cinema of the same name; the food and beverage corporation Maxim's established a restaurant branch in the building, garnered relative fame at the time. In 1990, World Trade Centre Group Ltd purchased the building from Hongkong Land for HK$1.72 billion. The World Trade Centre was sold to Sun Hung Kai Properties and was remodelled again to its present form, with the lower floors as a mall and the upper floors remaining as office space.
In August 2006 Sun Hung Kai Properties announced that the centre will be expanded for HK$200 million, which included: expansion of number of floors from 6 to 15, additional glass on the floors, walls between shops made of glass, giant LED screen in the entrance, new design of whole centre and other small changes. The working hours were extended and World Trade Centre renamed as WTC; the first phase of shopping arcade renovation started in October 2006. The floors built on this phase were shops and office areas and a big exhibition hall on 13th floor. Food & Beverage outlets opened in January 2008 include Hea Place, Ruby Tuesday, Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine, Shanghai Lu Yang Cun Restaurant, Dragon King Restaurant, Myung Ga Korean Restaurant and Kiriyaki 。 In February 2009 another renovation phase was held, which made multi-floor shops possible, thereafter the agnès b. store is located on 1st and 2nd floor and Uniqlo on 4th and 5th floor and Seaview Restaurant and mYoga yoga center on other floors.
After being converted from a nightclub, Palace Theatre Cinema was opened on 14 November 1979 by Shaw Brothers Studio. The cinema was regarded as one of the most extravagant in Hong Kong; the 1060 larger and wider seats, the luxurious lobby, the middle to upper class clientele signalled the birth of high-end cinemas for Hong Kong movie-goers. The films shown were from the West. In 1981, Palace Theatre showed Somewhere in Time starring Christopher Reeve, which remained in cinemas for 223 days, a record length for Hong Kong at the time. Between the period of 12 September 1981 and 22 April 1982, the box office at Palace Jade made 9.38 million HKD establishing a new record for foreign movies. Among other films, Palace Jade showed A Clockwork Orange exclusively; the World Trade Centre can be reached through exit D1 in MTR's Causeway Bay Station. ^ Apple Daily, 12 October 2004 WTC
China Hong Kong City
China Hong Kong City is a commercial complex including five office towers which have a shopping centre, office buildings, a hotel and a ferry terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It is situated along Canton Road, next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Fire Station; the complex is managed by Sino Group. According to its Chinese version webpage, it is the largest building in the world with golden coloured screenwall; the Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers, managed by Sino Hotels, is part of the complex. Below the shopping centre is a bus terminus; the China Ferry Terminal, extended from The Royal Pacific Hotel, provides ferry services to destinations in mainland China and Macau. China Hong Kong City website
Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre
The Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre or KITEC known as the Hong Kong International Trade and Exhibition Centre or HITEC, is an exhibition centre, shopping mall and performance venue situated at 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong. It was developed by Hopewell Holdings Ltd. Multi-functional venues, including Music Zone @ E-Max, Rotunda 1, Rotunda 2, Rotunda 3 and Star Hall, can accommodate exhibitions, concerts and business functions. There is an auditorium with 702 tiered seats and a conference centre with 17 meeting rooms on the 6th and 7th floors; the mall cafés. Major tenants include: Hong Kong Bowling City Kowloon Bay Integrated Auto Mall Premier Home Forum PetMax Starbucks The Metroplex, self-operated independent cinema with 9 screens and a total capacity of over 1,100 people, G/F; the centre offers office spaces ranging from 56 m2 to an entire floor of 9,300 m2. Star Hall is the performance venue inside KITEC, it can accommodate audiences of 3,600 people. It is a popular venue for concerts.
The 4-storey Star Hall measuring 2,800 m2 offers column-free space. KITEC joined A Symphony of Lights on 26 June 2007 with its searchlights. KITEC official website E-Max website
The Prince's Building is an office tower with a 6-levels shopping centre, known as Landmark Prince's. Located along the western side of the southern section of Statue Square in Central, Hong Kong, the building is connected to Alexandra House and Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong by pedestrian bridges; the first Prince's Building was a four-storey Renaissance architecture building in 1904 on land created from the Chater reclamation, located directly south of Queen's Building, completed in 1899. The building was designed by Leigh & Orange and had similarities with the Hong Kong Club Building built in 1897, it was replaced by the present building in 1965. The first building housed several bank and law firm offices including: Yokohama Specie Bank Bank of Taiwan Banque de l'Indochine Deacons Johnson Stokes & Master In 1963 the first building was demolished to make way for the current Prince's Building, it was designed by architecture firm Turner. The 29 floor complex is owned by Hongkong Land; the 6-level retail podium, now known as Landmark Prince's, houses flagship stores of luxury brands including Chanel and Hermès.
Landmark Prince's is famous for smaller upmarket boutique style shops on its 2/F and 3/F. Tenants of the office tower include Mayer Brown JSM, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers; the complex borders Statue Square, which it surrounds together with Hong Kong Club Building, Old Supreme Court Building, Mandarin Oriental and HSBC Main Building. King's Building Building's page on Hongkong Land's website
Cityplaza is an office and shopping development and managed by Swire Properties, at 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong. It is adjacent to another office complex developed by Swire; the six-level shopping centre, connected to Tai Koo Station, houses more than 170 shops, restaurants, a cinema and an indoor ice rink. Cityplaza updates its seasonal decoration, has frequent art and other exhibitions in the public space near the MTR station. Cityplaza was completed in 1982; as there was no MTR connection yet, double decker buses were used as a free shuttle service when the Island Eastern Corridor expressway was finished in 1984. There are six storeys in Phase I, with many locations having changed; the first phase included an office tower called Mount Parker House which has since been demolished and replaced with the East hotel. The 1/F used to be a Standard Chartered Bank with the remaining space for car parking, until 1987 when a big renovation saw the area converted into retail stores, including Marks & Spencer.
After the relocation of Wing On Department Stores, the former space was left unoccupied for over three years. Only in 1999 was it leased to Citysuper Log-On, fashion store Uniqlo. Phase II was completed in 1987; as there was a hole in the southwest corner of 2/F, one could see part of Whimsy's mini roller coaster ride, but this was filled after the latter's closing down in 1990. There were large neon advertisements in the middle of Phase II, but these were removed after a big renovation in 2002 and 2014; the old food court, including Burger King, Oliver's Super Sandwiches, Mario's, were situated next to the ice rink. It was closed in 2001 and replaced by the another food court on the 3rd floor, called Food Republic. In Dec 2016, a new food court, TREATS, opened in the original shop of Maxim's Palace, it provides bread, cheese sandwiches, fresh juices, Hong Kong style barbecued food & noodles, salad, sushi and bento. Two restaurants, Cha Cha Room and Minh & Kok are situated inside TREATS. Cityplaza has offered a three-hour free Wi-Fi access.
The mall provides two car parks, namely Cityplaza Carpark and Taikoo Shing Stage 10 Carpark. The shopping centre is host to the oldest ice skating rink in Hong Kong named "Ice Palace"; the cinema, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza was opened in 2017, boasting 6 widescreen theatres, including “MOViEMAXX” and one luxurious VIP house “MM Moments”. MTR Tai Koo Station is accessible directly from the second floor of Cityplaza; the companion escalator running from the MTR station to Cityplaza was completed in April 2012. Shoppers can get to the shopping centre by buses. Buses and minibuses One Island East Swire Hotels Taikoo Place Official website
Chater House is an office tower in Central, Hong Kong. Opened in 2003, it is a part of the Hongkong Land portfolio of properties, it has a three-level retail podium, known as Landmark Chater. The building was built on the site of the former Swire House, was named after Sir Paul Chater; the building faces streets on three sides: Pedder Street and Connaught Road Central. There were three buildings on the site between 1905 and 1958, namely Mansions Building, King's Building and York Building. Following the Praya reclamation of 1890–1904, a building was constructed and opened in 1905, that served as offices of Canadian Pacific Ocean Services and Hong Kong, Canton & Macao Steamboat Company; this building was acquired in 1921, used as its headquarters by the Union Insurance Society of Canton Ltd. and became known as Union Building. It was bought by The Hongkong Land Company in 1946, was demolished in 1950. Hongkong Land acquired the adjacent King's Building and demolished it in 1958 to complete the Union House complex.
King's Building was for some time home to Marconi Wireless. The building was located along Connaught Road, next to the Union Building, it was demolished in 1958. York Building was built in 1905 and demolished in 1958; the 23-storey building called Union House, was completed in 1962, had a total floor space of 34,000 square metres. in the 1970s, the Swire Group, gained naming rights for the building, renamed Swire House in 1976. In 1997, the main tenant of the building was Cathay Pacific, which occupied about 30% of the floor space. Other tenants included other Swire group companies, including Swire Industries. Swire House was demolished on 5 October 1998; the site was again redeveloped by Hongkong Land when the new Hong Kong International Airport opened in 1998. The building's main tenant, Cathay Pacific, relocated to Cathay City when the airport moved to its new site at Chek Lap Kok, while Swire Group moved to Pacific Place in Admiralty. Chater House has a total floor area of 438,500 net sq.ft. was designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox.
It was configured into 30 floors – 474,000 net sq. ft – of office accommodation above a three-level retail podium of 45,000 net sq.ft. and a three-level basement, which includes 112 parking spaces. When the project was announced, in 1997, the estimated cost was HK$2.3 billion, would complete in 2003. Architecture firm Aedas were the architect for the Chater HouseThe building is linked to the Central Elevated Walkway owned by Hong Kong Land. In 2014, the display of Antony Gormley's art installation Event Horizon at Chater House was cancelled when US investment bank JPMorgan, which has offices in the building, asked Hongkong Land – the sponsor of Event Horizon – to cancel its support for the show after bank employee Dennis Li Junjie jumped to his death from the building's roof; the main tenant of Chater House is JPMorgan, who have their Asia Pacific headquarters in the building. Other current tenants include Franklin Templeton Investments and previous tenants include the Securities and Futures Commission.
The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors was headquartered in the Swire House. Jardine House Exchange Square Mandarin Oriental Alexandra House Prince's Building The Landmark Cheung Kong Center HSBC Building Standard Chartered Hong Kong Three Garden Road World-Wide House Wheelock House Hang Seng Bank Headquarters Building St. George's Building Chater House on Hongkong Land website