World's highest hotel opens in Hong Kong

The hotel is located in the ICC, 490m above Victoria Harbour

The building was designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
The building was designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

The world’s highest hotel has finally opened this week in the International Commercial Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong.

The Ritz Carlton hotel is located 490 metres above Victoria Harbour in the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates-designed building, occupying floors 102 to 118 and boasting a 360-degree view of the entire city and surrounding islands.

The ICC, a Sun Hung Kai Properties Group project, towers over a sophisticated transportation network spanning the Pearl River Delta.

Executives from KPF say the ICC epitomises the firm’s goal of incorporating multiple uses into a single tall tower, creating a “vertical city”, rather than a horizontal city, relying on elevators instead of cars.

Speaking about the hotel opening, KPF’s managing principal Paul Katz said: “We applaud Sun Hung Kai Properties Group on the completion of the final element of the building, and on the opening of the highest hotel in the world.

“This building type is very important to us, especially in Hong Kong, a city that has taken the lead in high rise development. ICC speaks to the promise of the tall building as a sustainable paradigm, in which individual buildings form part of a larger ecosystem of vertical centers linked by horizontal networks of public transportation.”

The hotel will offer 312 guest rooms designed by Singapore’s LTW, as well as six unique dining venues, an 860m2 spa by ESPA, and on the 118th floor, a glass-enclosed infinity pool with LED screen ceiling and an outdoor terrace with a glass-enclosed bar.

In 2015, an Express Rail Link (XRL) will be introduced to connect Hong Kong with the major cities in the Pearl River Delta.

Joining the ICC in the future will also be KPF’s Ping An IFC in Shenzhen, and Chow Tai Fook in Guangzhou Center, both targeting LEED Gold certification for completion with the XRL.

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