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Highcliff 13 January 2007.jpg
Highcliff on 13 January 2007
General information
TypeResidential, parking garage
LocationHappy Valley, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°15′54″N 114°11′3″E / 22.26500°N 114.18417°E / 22.26500; 114.18417Coordinates: 22°15′54″N 114°11′3″E / 22.26500°N 114.18417°E / 22.26500; 114.18417
Construction started2000
Roof252.4 m (828.1 ft)
Top floor241.8 m (793.3 ft)
Technical details
Floor count73
Floor area375,994 sq ft (34,931.0 m2)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd.
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates
Traditional Chinese曉廬
Highcliff (left) and The Summit (right)
Highcliff (left) and The Summit (right)

Highcliff is a luxury apartment on a south slope of Happy Valley on the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. The 75-storey building's construction (70 floors of which are liveable space) began in 2000 and was completed in 2003 under a design by DLN Architects & Engineers. It was the Silver Winner of the 2003 Emporis Skyscraper Award, coming in second to 30 St Mary Axe in London. The tower is the tallest "all"-residential building in Hong Kong island.

Highcliff is thin for such a tall building; it has a slenderness ratio of 1:20 thus being one of the thinnest buildings in the world. Therefore, a passive wind damper was fitted to the top, the first of its kind for a residential building.[2] This was installed because typhoons approach Hong Kong most late summers.

Because of the obvious similarity with a nearby similar building The Summit, the two have been informally called "The Chopsticks". These two buildings highlight the characters of pencil-thin towers that are highly concentrated in Hong Kong.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Highcliff –". Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Highcliff, Hong Kong | 100639 | EMPORIS". Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Future City:20-21". The Skyscraper Museum. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
Preceded byPost Tower(Bonn, Germany) Emporis Skyscraper Award (Silver) 2003 Succeeded byTorre Agbar(Barcelona, Spain)