Monstrous carbuncles

Hong Kong is famous for its high-rise corporate towers and apartments. Here’s a round up of the good, bad and ugly.


The Furama (presumably an abreviation of Futuristic Panorama) was the first building in HK to feature a rotating restaurant. Seen here before it\’s destruction, surrounded by a whole bunch of \’merchant bankers\’ from the Standard Chartered, HSBC, Bank of America and the Bank of China

The Furama from the Star Ferry, overlooked by HSBC and the old Peak Tower beyond

The brown pointy building to the right of the Furama was demolished before it was occupied. Another development sprang up with the potential to make someone even richer

Bond Tower

Known these days as the Lippo Tower, this highly original building (one of my favourites on the HK skyline) was commisioned by Ossie digger Alan Bond before he fell on harder times.

Dwarfed by the Bank of China tower

Seen peeping out from behind the golden Bank of Tokyo from Tsim Sha Tsui

To my eyes, one of the most visually interesting buildings in Hong Kong

Repulse Bay

An interesting waste of space in exclusive Repulse Bay

Hopewell Tower

Across Happy Valley Racecourse before a storm breaks

Sunset behind the Hopewell illuminates the edge of a cloud providing the illusion of a lightning strike

The circular Hopewell with its rotating restaurant has been around since the 1980s. An age in HK terms

\’Sir\’ Gordon Wu\’s Hopewell Tower from the roof of the Southorn Centre. Immediately after the handover, he dropped both the \’Gordon\’ and the \’Sir\’ – a man who knew what side his bread was buttered.

From the roof of Revenue Tower across Wanchai\’s Southorn Playground towards Hopewell Tower

Views from Revenue Tower

Vertigo inducing view of the Immigration Tower walkway

I see other people are cashing in on my phrase and photos!

Next time you’re plucking up the courage to visit Immigration or Revenue Tower, remember this…they\’re watching you from above

A sliver of the park in front of the Harbour View Hotel

Many storeys above street level, the Harbour View Hotel has a sunbathing garden for its wealthy guests to breath in smog and fumes

Another stomach churning view of the Wanchai taxi-jam

Views from the roof of the Southorn Centre

The sinister Immigration Tower and the towering 78 storey Central Plaza (for a while the tallest building in Asia)

Along Hennessy Road towards Admiralty from the Southorn Centre roof

Rooftop squatter shelters across the road from the HK Govt\’s Southorn Centre offices. If only the civil servants looked out the window, they\’d score some easy victories in the war on unauthorised buildings

Johnson Road Mess, the greatest Indian Restaurant in 1990s Hong Kong was up a narrow staircase near the taxis on the left of the photo. Sadly closed by pen-pushers.

The verdent splendour of the Southorn Playground basketball and soccer pitches

Church at the Junction of Hennessy and Johnson Roads

I grabbed a shot of this unusual building sometime in the mid-1990s

Another shot of the same in the mid-1980s. The church later sold the plot to be redeveloped: bigger, shinier and less individual, but the church got a floor or two of the new building out of the deal.

Hong Kong Convention Centre

The ferry passing in front of the original HK Convention Centre

The nun\’s whipple extension was rushed to be readied in time for the Handover ceremony. This photo (taken within a few days of the ceremony) shows the roofers scrambling to seal the leaks. A wise precaution, as the worst rains in decades swept in

The whipple by night

Update: The Daily Telegraph, clearly inspired by this page, is riding my coat-tails for a higher readership. And who can blame them? And they’re at it again!


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Rooftopping duo Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov (On The Roofs) made the most of their recent trip to Hong Kong. Not only did they take a heap of incredible images that show what Hong Kong looks like from the roofs of buildings, but they managed to hack a billboard that sits atop a building in the heart of Hong Kong.

The two are currently in Tokyo, Japan as they complete their tour of Asia, scaling structures and buildings, and giving us a glimpse of the world few of us will see in person. For more, check out On The Roofs.


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Photographer and urban explorer Ivan Kuznetsov shows us the world from a vantage point many of us will never experience first hand. Based in Moscow, the Russian photographer is a well-known ‘rooftopper’, which means he scales tall buildings and structures (often illegally) to take dizzying aerial photos of the world below.

While ‘extreme’ rooftopping has garnered plenty of notoriety for a growing group of young Eastern European photographers (mostly from Russia and Ukraine), the quality of the actual photos taken should be admired, as they manage to take some truly fantastic shots. While Kuznetsov takes many photos of the surrounding landscape without himself or his friends in the frame, I’ve focused on the images that convey how high and perilous the locations of their photos are. To see more, be sure to check out Ivan at the links below:

VK | 500px | Twitter | Instagram

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It is amazing to see what is On Top.

This is what you find on top of Hong Kong residential high rises.CIMG3431

Grass, swimming pools of various sizes, water features, rest areas, trellis, planters with plants, sun bath chairs.

Also, fans for cooling water system etc.

On commercial high rises, there is a different view.CIMG3632

You have antennas and satellite dishes, devices for lifting gondolas for cleaning and maintenance of external walls etc.

For some of buildings, we cannot even see what is on top.CIMG3630

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Update 2: An interesting article about Terry Farrell’s KK100 tower in Shenzhen.

More Carbuncles

That last update (2, above) reminded me of the photos of Shenzhen’s own collection of Carbuncles.

This always reminded me of a double-barrelled hypodermic syrringe.

I wonder if triangular building tops go out of fashion?

I’ve no idea what that thing waving its arms about on top of one of the buildings is.

There it is again (from a negative that hasn’t survived the ravages of time as well some others)

The whole carbuncular of Shenzhen from the undeveloped HK closed border area.

Vertical horizons: Hong Kong’s skyscrapers – in pictures


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