November 15, 2018

The lost temple of HSBC

The Bund, Shanghai - November 2018; HSBC building (white dome) visible right of center

The HSBC Building has been called "the most luxurious building from the Suez Canal to the Bering Strait".  The building has a floor area of 23,415 m², and was, at the time [1923], the largest bank building in the Far East, and second largest in the world, after the Bank of Scotland building in Edinburgh.

The building exterior adopted a strict neo-classicist design, with a tripartite vertical and horizontal division. In the centre is a dome, the base decorated with a triangular structure in imitation of Greek temples...

The interior was luxuriously decorated, using materials such as marble and monel. The whole building was fitted with heating and air-conditioning. The main trading hall has four columns hewn from whole blocks of marble, which was at the time unique in Asia.



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