Langham Place is a business and commercial complex in Hong Kong
which opened in the fourth quarter of 2004. Located in the Mong Kok
area of Kowloon
, the complex occupies two entire blocks defined by Argyle Street
, Portland Street
, Shantung Street
and Reclamation Street
. Shanghai Street
separates the two portions of the complex which are connected via two overhead walkways.
The complex was the result of an urban renewal project under Land Development Corporation, later known as Urban Renewal Authority (URA). The project's aim was to upgrade and modernise a dilapidated area of Kowloon by providing a nucleus for renewal for the surrounding area, including the red light district along Portland Street.
Langham Place has a gross floor area of 1,800,000 sq ft (170,000 m sq), and comprises a 59 storey office tower, a 15 level shopping mall with 2 basements levels, a 665 room hotel and a car park with 250 parking spaces. The complex is connected to the Mong Kok Station of the MTR via an underground passage .
The office tower is a 837 feet (255 m) tall skyscraper and was the tallest office building on the Kowloon peninsula when it launched.
Construction of the office tower, which contains 770,000 sq ft (72,000 m sq) of space,began in 1999 under the design of Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. and The Jerde Partnership and was completed in 2004. The tower has 59 office floors above ground and 5 underground floors which are used as a car park. Each of the floors above ground has a floor plate of approximately 17,000 square feet (1,600 m sq).
Due to the high price of land and the higher yield on retail property in Hong Kong, the Langham Place Mall departs from the common Western model of the flat shopping mall. It is the second "vertical mall" in Hong Kong. The exterior of the mall is characterised by an iconic multi-faceted façade of yellow fissured Brazilian granite stretching from street level to the roof.
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