July 21, 2023
Hong Kong's first skyscraper -- the 50th anniversary of Jardine House
Jardine Matheson and Hongkong Land are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jardine House, the first skyscraper in Hong Kong, and the hub of Hongkong Land's Central ecosystem. Completed in 1973, Jardine House set new standards with its robust design, fastest lifts, largest air conditioning chillers, and iconic 1,748 circular glazed windows that offer unobstructed harbour views.
Designed by Palmer and Turner (now P&T Group) and built by Gammon Construction, Jardine House quickly became the prime location for leading banks, financial institutions, legal firms, and accountants. By 1974, it housed eight international banks and one of Hong Kong's stock exchanges, among other tenants.
"Jardine House is a prominent part of the renowned Hong Kong skyline with its distinctive architectural features, including its instantly recognisable circular windows. The building was at the forefront of the development of modern Central, and stands today as a timeless reminder of Hong Kong's role as an international business and financial hub, and will continue to do so as Hong Kong strengthens its role into the future," said Mr John Witt, Group Managing Director of Jardine Matheson.
Jardine House has played a key role in the development of Hongkong Land's Central Portfolio and continues to evolve and innovate. For example, in June 2020 a first-of-its-kind food hall concept in Central Portfolio, BaseHall, was opened on the basement level of Jardine House, providing a fluid space for multi-concept dining and the flexibility to host events and experiences for tenants and customers.
"The globally recognised Central Elevated Walkway began in the 1970s when Hongkong Land constructed a footbridge between Jardine House and Chater House and the General Post Office. From then on, the government, developers and banking corporations continued to expand the network to include more buildings and bridge connections," said Mr Robert Wong, Chief Executive of Hongkong Land. "The wide network of footbridges has become a super connector of buildings and people across the entire financial district further reinforcing the prime location and appeal of Jardine House."
Recent tenants recognise the high sustainability standards of the building, which is a key reason for their move, as Jardine House has received BEAM Plus Platinum certification.
"Jardine House is a testament to our dedication to innovation and our commitment to supporting the thriving Central ecosystem," said Mr Wong. "We are proud of the building's achievements and will continue to invest significantly in its future and that of other buildings in the Central Portfolio to maintain Hong Kong's premier status. Hongkong Land invests up to US$100 million annually in updating and modernising all its buildings, ensuring Jardine House remains contemporary and digitally enhanced."
(Source: Hongkong Land)