HongKongBank, aka Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Headquarters, Hong Kong, 1985

The bank famously wanted "the best building in the world," and just as famously got the most expensive office building ever built at the time, rising from an early estimate of $500 million to $1.3 billion (according to a detailed Harvard Design School "Infomatic." With its exuberant expression of engineering, it remains an impressive presence on the Hong Kong skyline.

 
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