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The world’s most expensive plot of land is set to become a state-of-the-art office tower

Dan Cortese

01 October 2020

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS (ZHA) has revealed plans for a 190-metre-high office tower to be built on what is widely accepted to be the world’s most expensive plot of land at 2 Murray Road in Hong Kong.

The site - which was once just a public car park - sold for a world-record USD $2.8 billion in 2017 to Henderson Land Development, a property company owned by one of the wealthiest families in the city.

2 Murray Road is a key location in Hong Kong, just across the road from the iconic Bank of China Tower and Foster + Partner’s HSBC Building.

Above: The impressive building would join the Hong Kong skyline next to the Bank of China Tower (image courtesy of ZHA).

ZHA’s design references important Hong Kong symbols with the building’s form based on the Bauhinia flower from the city’s flag.

Rising 36-storeys, the 43,200 square metre commercial tower will feature a sky garden, banqueting hall, courtyards and more.

The building’s twisting glass facade isn’t just beautiful to look at, its shape also reduces cooling loads and is able to withstand the island’s summer typhoons.

At the tower’s base is a double-storey foyer which leads to a second-floor lobby connected to the city’s elevated walkway network.

Above: The tower would rise from the world's most expensive plot of land (image courtesy fo ZHA).

ZHA’s 2 Murray Road has been awarded LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum pre-certifications, as well as the highest rating possible for China’s Green Building Rating Programme.

ZHA has announced a number of high profile projects recently, including a futuristic metro station in Moscow, a new 60,000-seat stadium in the Chinese city of Xi’an, three interlocked towers that will form Shanghai’s greenest building, and groundbreaking modular homes on the Caribbean island of Roatán Próspera.

Header image courtesy of ZHA.


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