USC Asia Architecture & Urbanism Study Abroad Program

HSBC Headquarters

Though 26 years old, the HSBC headquarters, designed by Norman Foster and Arup, remains quite unique and cutting edge in its structural design. It lacks the typical interior columns of most high rises, relying instead on a series of suspension trusses which the floors hang off of, allowing for an open floor plan throughout the building, a 40 meter tall atrium, as well as the building’s urban move: a virtually column-free ground floor that allows the public to move freely underneath. Today, the space is occupied every sunday by the migrant workers of Hong Kong.

– Muhi

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2 Responses

  1. Mitchelle says:

    Hi I am sorry I am doing a case study on this building could you mind to tell me where did you get this info?

    • liangandrew says:

      Hi, you should have no problem finding information about this project on the web or by going to the library. It is one of the most published projects by Normal Foster. This student executed his analysis in the field while visiting the project during the 2011 AAU program. Thanks for your inquiry.

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AAU FALL 2013:

University of Southern California
School of Architecture
Asia Architecture and Urbanism
Study Abroad Program

Andrew Liang
Bu Bing
Steven Chen
Yo-Ichiro Hakomori
Andrew Liang
Yuyang Liu
Neville Mars
Academic Contributors:
Thomas Chow, SURV
Bert de Muynck, Movingcities.org
Manying Hu, SZGDADRI, ITDP, Guangzhou
Clare Jacobson, Design Writer, Editor, Curator
Laurence Liauw, SPADA, Hong Kong
Mary Ann O'Donnell, Shenzhen Noted, Fat Bird, Shenzhen
Paul Tang, Verse, Shanghai
Li Xiangning, Tongji University, Shanghai
Daniel Aguilar
Hong Au
Michael den Hartog
Caroline Duncan
Nefer Fernandez
Christian Gomez
Isabelle Hong
Jin Hong Kim
Ashley Louie
Javier Meier
Paula Narvaez
Ashlyn Okimoto
Tamar Partamian
Samuel Rampy
Luis Villanueva
Krista Won
Tiffany Wu

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