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-1980s

Another shot of the same in 1990. 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!

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

3 responses to “Monstrous carbuncles

  1. Hi,

    I’m recently publishing a book and would like to use some of your images on Hopewell Centre, do you mind if I can use your images and could you send me your name?


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