Author explores Hong Kong’s 1,600-foot skyscraper

11/14/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Kate Ascher, author of the book, "The Heights, Anatomy of a Skyscraper," looks into the design of Hong Kong's tallest skyscraper, the 1,600-foot International Commerce Center, which was completed in 2010. The 108-story structure was originally proposed to stand almost 1,900 feet, but it had to be scaled down to 1,600 feet to meet regulations. It features notched corners to minimize the effect of wind loads and has extended mega-columns at the base to provide additional structural support and create canopies.

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