014: HSBC Main Building
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This unique piece of modern architecture by British architect Sir Norman Foster was completed in 1985 for HSBC, which was upgrading from its earlier building on the same site. The structure consists entirely of steel and aluminium components shipped from overseas. It is an early example of ecological awareness in architecture, maximizing use of natural light with glass walls and mirrors on the ceiling reflecting sunlight into the atrium beneath. Established in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 1865, the bank has long been associated with Hong Kong, where it is the largest bank and a trusted household name. The two famous bronze lions on either side of the northern entrance are placed for ideal feng shui #015 and are believed to bring good fortune. At a cost of around US$680 million, this was the worlds most expensive building at the time.
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