HSBC headquarters

  • 47 storey building with 100,000m2 floor space
  • The mirrored atrium design maximises the use of natural light, conserving energy 

HSBC’s Hong Kong headquarters, though completed more than 20 years ago, is still considered one of the most sophisticated and technology-savvy buildings in the world. Standing 180m above ground, the tower has 47 storeys, yielding 100,000m2 floor space for the bank’s exclusive use.

The building features eight masts, each consisting of four columns, supporting five discrete double-storey height steel suspension structures which span 33.5m between the masts and cantilever 10.7m beyond them. This system carries all the structural loads and allows the creation of a spectacular column-free ground floor level.

Another major characteristic of this building is the 40m high atrium with a bank of giant mirrors on its top, which reflects the sunlight from a light scoop down through the atrium to the public plaza. This design maximises the use of natural lighting and helps to conserve energy.

The office headquarters also incorporates many advanced concepts and technologies, such as the provision of prefabricated plant-room modules and vertical transportation by escalator throughout the height of the building, cutting-edge security systems and an underfloor air-conditioning system. When completed in 1986, the building was acknowledged to set a new benchmark for high-tech corporate headquarters.


  • HSBC Headquarters building. Credit Ian Lambot.Open gallery

    Completed in 1986, the building set a new benchmark for corporate headquarters.

  • HSBC Headquarters building, internal atrium. Credit Ian Lambot.Open gallery

    The tower has 100,000m2 of internal floor space.