Sun Hung Kai Properties
Sun Hung Kai Properties is one of Hong Kong’s largest property groups, with revenue of HK$68.4 billion in the 2011-2012 financial year, and profit attributable to shareholders of HK$43.08 billion. The company has been shaken in recent years by disputes between family members, with chairman and chief executive Walter Kwok being forced to step down in a dispute with his brothers Thomas and Raymond. In March, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) arrested senior officials as part of a corruption probe that also included former chief secretary Rafael Hui.
Harbour's 'lonely' giants need to overcome isolation
The International Financial Centre (IFC) is built on reclaimed land and so its energy is not as settled as some of the other towers built further inland in the business district, such as the HSBC and Bank of China buildings.
But it is well-placed in terms of fung shui due to its proximity to Central Pier, with nine different piers directing water to it. In fung shui, water represents wealth, and mountains health, so the IFC (right) does have significant water inflow that equates to wealth-generating opportunities for occupants.
Still, the IFC exemplifies the 'lonely building' phenomenon - it is the tallest building in its immediate vicinity - which is why occupants of the higher floors may find themselves feeling unsettled and lacking support if they do not carry out the appropriate fung shui remedies to rectify the situation.
In addition, the current reclamation project being carried out in front of the IFC may also change its auspicious fung shui configuration as new roads, pedestrian walkways and structures are being introduced.
If these new structures obscure the flow of water or positive energy towards the IFC, then occupants may find themselves adversely affected. But it is difficult to say anything concrete before the works are completed.
Across the harbour, the International Commerce Centre (ICC) is also built on reclaimed land, but its construction has been planned and executed over the space of a decade, so the energy has had some time to settle and congregate in this area.
While the ICC (below left) is also a 'lonely building', as it is the tallest structure in the area, it is supported by the presence of condominium towers.
These structures have been built to represent the five naturally occurring elements in Chinese metaphysics - water, wood, fire, metal and earth - with each building bearing the colour of the element it represents and the building itself being subtly shaped to represent the element. For instance, the water tower is slightly wavy in design with a blue theme, while the fire tower is painted red.
These towers surround a central courtyard which works as a Bright Hall, or Ming Tang, allowing positive chi to congregate, thereby benefiting the occupants of the ICC.
However, like the IFC, new buildings and structures are planned in ICC's vicinity, such as the new cultural centre. Once again, the overall fung shui impact of these structures on the ICC will only be ascertained when completed.
Some fung shui masters feel that the IFC and ICC - the two tallest buildings on their respective sides of the harbour - can work in tandem to support each other, as they will then no longer be considered lonely structures.