Standing at 700 meters tall, the Shenzhen Hong Kong International Center is slated to be the third tallest building in the world, and will also be China’s tallest building. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill for Chinese property developers Shimao Group, the skyscraper will be built between the foothills of Longcheng Park and the Dayun National Park in Shenzhen, China.
The building’s sinewy, organic structure pays a hat tip to the number of sporting venues in its immediate vicinity. The designers claim that the anthropomorphic structure honors the abstract way athletes train to perform in the world-class stadiums directly adjacent to the skyscraper. “The result is a muscular expression in high-performance glass, with textured layers that define the elements of its shaped form.”
The Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center also plans to house one of the world’s highest observation decks, alongside a restaurant, night club, spa facilities and a swimming pool, while the designers’ master-plan involves the building of a mixed-use district that also houses large retail facilities, apartment towers, a cultural centre, a five-star hotel, a library and multiple offices.
In the evenings, the tower will become “a visual, sound, and light show”, reinforcing the district’s athletic and entertainment purposes. After dusk, the tower will become “a visual, sound, and light show” for the residents of Shenzhen, also highlighting the district’s sports-oriented and entertainment-based outlook. Architecture for the Shenzhen Hong Kong International Center began in March last year, and is slated to be ready for opening in 2024.
Designers: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
Do you collect toy cars, minifigs, or other small figures? Check out these awesome miniature display cases I stumbled onto which look like oversize, see-through LEGO bricks.
The T-BRICK comes from Hong Kong outfit Tiny, who makes their own line of miniatures, and decided they wanted a nice way to display them. Each T-BRICK is stackable just like a LEGO block, so you can create displays of any shape or size, and they offer a hinged back panel for easy access to the toys inside.
Each transparent acrylic brick measures 100(W) x 50(L) x 67.2(H)mm outside (~3.9″ x 1.97″ x 2.64″) , and 92(W) x 44(L) x 50(H)mm inside (~3.62″ x 1.73″ x 1.97″).
They’re available in sets of four for 59 Hong Kong Dollars (~$8 USD) or sets of eight for 99 HKD (~$13 USD), so they’re really a bargain – assuming you can get them sent from Hong Kong without spending a ton of shipping.
I’m a picky eater, and I know this about myself. I have rules for food; I’m a food segregationist if you will. My foods don’t touch and I don’t mix salty and sweet. I also don’t eat stuff off the bone because it’s really gross to see all the cartilage, tendons, and bone. I choose not to go to KFC because of bones in the food, but sometimes I wind up there by accident when out to lunch with coworkers. This happened recently. I felt like that one scene in The Aviator where Leo starts loosing it at the dinner table and sweats profusely. I am all for open flames though, so I am a bit torn by the offerings that KFC Hong Kong has recently revealed.
In my youth, we would eat these Chinese Pu Pu platters which came with raw meat and veggies along with a flame to cook them over. KFC Hong Kong now offers a similar dining experience in the form of a Kansai-style sukiyaki nabe. I’m not sure what that means, but what I do know is one of my rules is eat nothing that still has eyes, so the shrimp bowl is out.
The little flame underneath appears to boil the liquid in the metal bowl to cook the eats that are in there. I see tofu, beef, a hot cross bun, lettuce, some sort of melon, a red thing that looks like a chunk of a colored ice cream cone, and some sort of fungus along with a little piece of corn. You can only get these eats at one location in Hong Kong, though it’s unclear which one. The meal will cost you the equivalent of $6.40(USD), including rice and a drink.
Things get weird in Asia sometimes. If you need any further proof of that fact, consider this new marketing campaign for KFC in Hong Kong. Now the idea of nail polish from a fried chicken restaurant is strange enough – and then you realize the polish is flavored like chicken. I don’t think this is what the Colonel meant when he said “It’s finger lickin’ good.”
Apparently, you can paint your nails with this special polish and the polish tastes like chicken. There are two flavors each with their own color. The bright orange color is Hot & Spicy presumably tasting like spicy chicken. The pale pink shade is supposed to taste like KFC’s Original Recipe fried chicken.
The polish is applied like normal polish and is said to be work just like that bitter nail polish designed to keep people from biting their nails. Just don’t drink too much and pass out near a dog while wearing this polish.