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Queen's Road Central
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Structural Expressionism

Structural Expressionism
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Building at No. 1, Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong. While technically British-based, HSBC's CEO office is located both in Hong Kong and London, and one can easily argues that HSBC is as much a Hong Kong bank as a British bank.

Designed by Sir Norman Foster in the 1980s, the building remains one of the most futuristic and innovative buildings even 30 years after it was conceived. Its main vertical structure includes 4 layers of exposed columns and trusses. Office space is then created by extending floor space across each level from one column to other, and also between each of the 4 layers of vertical support. You can think of it like two chocolate filling biscuits standing vertically. The biscuits forms the main vertical support, whereas the chocolate fillings between the biscuits are the floors providing the office space.

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