sky100 HONG KONG OBSERVATION DECK
Note – Sky100 Observation Deck closes either fully or partially for private events on many dates throughout the year. Check Sky100 website for details;
"sky100", located on the 100th floor of the 118-storey International Commerce Centre (ICC) in West Kowloon, opened on 17th April 2011 and is the world’s seventh highest observation deck, at a height of 393-metres above sea level. Only Burj Khlaifa in Dubai (555-metres), Canton Tower, Guangzhou (488-metres), Shanghai World Financial Centre (474-metres), Tokyo Skytree (450-metres), CN Tower (446-metres) and Willis Tower (412-metres) have higher observation decks. On 8th November 2011, "sky100" was renamed "sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck".
ICC is currently the world’s eleventh tallest building at 484-metres above sea level. It was jointly developed by MTR Corporation and Sun Hung Kai Properties. Construction started in 2002 and the building was completed in phases with completion in early 2011 with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel which is the world’s “tallest” hotel and occupies floors 102 to 118.
Sky100 is located on the 100th floor of International Commerce Centre (ICC) the world's fourth tallest building
The building stands above Kowloon Station and Elements shopping mall and occupies a gross floor area of about 450,000 square-meters. The total façade area of ICC is about 120,000 square-metres with the unique glazed curtain wall panel system resembling the over-lapping scales of a dragon. The base of the tower is contoured into series of overlapping panels representing a scaled “dragon tail” which is also functional, being designed to deflect downdrafts and shelter pedestrians from tropical rains. The building is served by 42 lifts, of which over half are double-deck and the fastest lift can travel at a speed of 9-metres per second. The building was developed in response to a lack of office space in Hong Kong’s traditional district, Central, on the opposite side of the harbour and is intended to become a new financial hub for the city. Office space extends to the 99th floor and tenants include major investment banks Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. When fully occupied it is estimated that ICC will accommodate over 20,000 people during normal working hours.
ICC (left) is part of the Kowloon Station development on the northern shore of Victoria Harbour at West Kowloon. The Harbourside (centre), The Arch (right) and Elements mall (lower right) are part of the same development
sky100 was both developed at a cost of over HK$100 million and is operated by Sun Hung Kai Properties, a major Hong Kong property company, established in 1963, which has developed many major buildings including Two IFC, Hong Kong’s second tallest building. It covers an area of 30,000 square-feet.
ICC UPPER GROUND FLOOR - Guest Centre with tourist information and Super Wide Screen display with panoramic views.
ICC FIRST FLOOR - Ticket Centre, which can be reached via the second floor (Metal Zone) of Elements Mall, above Kowloon Station. CCTV screen displaying live view from Observation Deck.
ICC SECOND FLOOR (accessible via escalators from the Ticket Centre) - sky 100 entrance, Memory Lane Time Tunnel, 3-D multimedia exhibits, Memory Lane 3-D Theatre (not yet open), cafe and “flying lifts” to the 100th floor.
Lift interior. Double-deck "flying lifts" transport visitors from the 2nd floor to 100th floor in 60 seconds
ICC 100th FLOOR – Sunken Model (in floor of passageway from lifts to observation deck), Observation Deck with 360-degree panoramic views, Landmark Indicator, Itinerary Planner, Family of Sky 100 Mascot Zone, Advanced Telescopes, “Ten Tallest Buildings in the World” wall display, Interactive “Hong Kong Fun Facts Corner”, “Visitors Favourites” wall display, “Super Wide Screen” panoramic viewing screen (not yet open), Photo Booth, Café, Gift Shop and “Wrap a Wish” counter, “Skypost” postal counter and Customer Service Counter.
Sky100, 100th floor observation deck and Customer Services Counter. Fine dining restaurants are located on the 101st floor which can be seen above.
ICC 101st FLOOR - Fine dining restaurants
From the first floor Ticket Centre, visitors take the escalators to the second floor and pass through a “Time Tunnel” and 3-D multimedia exhibits illustrating the development and history of Hong Kong.
Visitors pass through a "Time Tunnel" en route from Ticket Centre to "Flying Lifts"
Four high-speed double-decker “flying lifts” transport visitors from the second floor to the observation deck on the 100th floor in just 60 seconds. Visitors are able to monitor the lifts progress on a seconds countdown panel in the ceiling of the lifts.
Progress of the 60-second ascent from 2nd to 100th floor is displayed in ceiling panels inside the "flying lifts"
The “flying lifts” also serve the fine dining restaurants on the 101st floor. Between the lifts and the observation deck lies a sunken model of central Hong Kong.
The observation deck encircles the 100th floor allowing 360-degree panoramic views. The spacious deck accommodate 1000 visitors at any one time and, although visitors are given a half-hour time slot for entry to the observation deck, there is no limit on duration of stay. The observation deck has a limited amount of seating.
Visitors can sit, relax and enjoy panoramic views
View over Victoria Harbour and the north side of Hong Kong Island from observation deck
View over Tsim Sha Tsui and harbour across to Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and North Point
There are several interactive touch-screen exhibits, high-powered advanced telescopes with special effects, photo booth where visitors can have photos taken with special backgrounds and 3-D effects, “Skypost” mailing service and customer service counter.
Photo Booth and north side of observation deck
A range of services is available including stroller loan, inductive loops and 30-minutes free wi-fi access and there is a cafe serving light refreshments.
"Skycafe", light refreshment cafe, on the observation deck
Gift shop (right), Sky100
OPENING HOURS – 10am to 9pm daily (last admission time 8pm).
The Ticket Centre has a TV screen enabling walk-in visitors to see the live view from the 100th floor and make a decision as to whether to proceed and purchase tickets in the event that visibility is poor. Sky100 will close in the event of severe weather such as Tropical Cyclone Signal 8 or above, or Black Rainstorm Warning.
Sky100 entrance, which can be reached via the "Metal Zone" on the second floor of Elements mall, above Kowloon Station
TICKETING AND PRICES – Tickets can either be purchased online from one month prior to admission date and time or from the Ticket Centre on day of visit. A VIP Fast Pass for same day walk-in visitors which provides escorted visit with Sky100 ambassador, immediate admission and complimentary gift.
With effect from 1st March 2013;
Adult – HK$168
Child (3-11) – HK$118
Senior (65 and over with HK ID card) – HK$118
See website for other ticket offers.
SPECIAL PROMOTIONS – Check Sky100 website for current special promotions;
Sky100 Ticket Centre, on the first floor of ICC
MTR - ICC is located at Kowloon Station on the MTR Tung Chung Line. Sky100 entrance, on the first floor, can be reached via the Metal Zone of Elements mall.
BUS - Kowloon MTR Station Bus Terminus is served by bus routes 8 (from Star Ferry Pier Bus Terminus, Tsim Sha Tsui - although this a lengthy indirect route taking about one hour), 11 (from Diamond Hill MTR Station Bus Terminus), 215X (from Lam Tin Kwong Tin Estate Bus Terminus), 203E (from Choi Hung Bus Terminus) and 270A (from Sheung Shui Bus Terminus).
GREEN MINIBUS – Kowloon MTR Station Bus Terminus is served by green minibus routes 26 (from To Kwa Wan Chi Kiang Street), 74 (from Mongkok Luen Wan Street) and 77M (from Tsim Sha Tsui East).
COACH – China Coach Terminus, located on the first floor of Elements mall, is served by coaches from Shenzhen International Airport.
AIRPORT EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUS – Kowloon Station is served by free Airport Express Shuttle Bus services K1,K2,K3,K4 and K5 from various hotels in Kowloon. To use this free bus shuttle, passengers must have a valid Airport Express Ticket, Airport Express Travel Pass or Octopus Card.
From Kowloon Station, sky100 Ticket Centre is accessible from Elements mall (Metal Zone) by following the passageway to the left, at the foot of the stairs and escalators seen here.
101st FLOOR FINE DINING;
The 101st floor of ICC, accessible by visitors to sky100, is a gourmet dining floor. Fine dining restaurants currently operating include;
INAKAYA Japanese restaurant;
DRAGON SEAL Chinese restaurant. No website available. Review;