Cheung Kong Center is a skyscraper in Central, Hong Kong
designed by Cesar Pelli. It is 62 storeys tall with height of 283 m (928 ft) and a gross floor area of 1,260,000-square-foot (117,100 m2). When completed in 1999, it was the third-tallest building in the city.
It sits on the combined sites of the former Hong Kong Hilton, which was demolished in 1995/6, and Beaconsfield House, sold by the Government in 1996. It stands between the HSBC Hong Kong headquarters building and the Bank of China
Tower. As is common in Hong Kong, coloured lights on the sides of the building illuminate at night in intricate light shows.
The building is the headquarters of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited ("CKH"), and is owned and managed by its 49%-owned associated company Hutchison Whampoa Limited ("HWL"), while other tenants include several multinational banking firms.
The Cheung Kong Center is somewhat unusual in the Hong Kong Island
skyline, being one of the few taller buildings to follow a conventional design like an American black office block, in contrast to the cacophony of architectural styles that had gathered along that section of Queens Road. However, it was not aimed at stealing the limelight, most notably from the Bank of China Tower
, rather it is intended to balance out its neighbouring skyscrapers.
Its external walls are uniform glass panels each measuring 2.4 m x 2.1 m, giving occupants on high floors a 360-degree panoramic view over the entire city. The walls also hold a matrix of lights which can be individually activated to form characters to display different messages or patterns according to the season.
The top floor is used by the Chairman of CKH and HWL, Li Ka Shing, as his office. It also contains a private swimming pool and garden. Li is often seen escorted and takes a freight elevator operated in attendant mode so that it does not stop on any other floor.Other tenants of the building include Allianz, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg, CIBC World Markets, Fortis, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co.