Jardine House

Jardine House, Hong Kong: Hours, Address, Jardine House Reviews: 3.5/5

Jardine House
3.5
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Sunday
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About
Known amongst the Chinese as the "House of a Thousand Orifices" and amongst the expatriate community as the "Porthole Building." This is a 52-atory office building
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The area
Neighborhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Central • 2 min walk
  • Hong Kong • 3 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,950 contributions
Moon Windows
Feb 2021
This is one of Hong Kong’s most distinctive buildings. It’s hard to miss it. The unusual grid of 1700 round moon-like windows catches your eye.
When it was built in 1972, it was the tallest skyscraper at the time, with 52 storeys. It was also billed in the Hong Kong press as “the World’s most valuable property”. A record-breaking HK$258 million was paid for the land. Interestingly, it originally had a prime, waterfront location. Not any more. I always find it surprising to see a physical reminder of just how far aggressive land reclamation has pushed back the foreshore.
Apart from the striking windows, it is a stark structure with a sheer, unembellished facade, clad in aluminium. The plain rectangular shape gives it a monumental presence. From the ground level, there are heavy, trapezoidal columns at the base and a heavily cantilevered portico.
Locally, Jardine House has the irreverent nick-name, "House of a Thousand ****holes”, a reference not just to the windows but also to the ‘taipans’ who worked there.
Inside, you’ll find a Starbucks on the ground floor and a large and very convenient Market Place supermarket on 1/F. The easiest way to get to the building and avoid the very busy roads, is via the Central Elevated Walkway which also connects Jardine House with the IFC shopping Centre, the MTR, ferries and Exchange Square.
An extra point of interest is the sculpture set in the water feature out the front. ‘Double Oval’ is a large, solid bronze work by the famous Henri Moore (see separate review).
Written September 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

brigettimoog
Kriftel, Germany52 contributions
Easily accessef
Jul 2020 • Couples
This building is situated in what was once a nerve centre of Hong Kong. Land reclamation surrounding it has definitely not made it not central as central MTR station is at it's doorstep.
Written July 28, 2020
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Scooby Mullin
Hong Kong, China82 contributions
My work place
Apr 2020 • Business
Great location. Friendly security and cleaning staff. A few choices of restaurants at the basement and a Starbucks on the ground floor.
Written May 1, 2020
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Dr. Erick J. Mann, PhD
Buenos Aires, Argentina727 contributions
First skyscraper in Hong Kong
Jun 2019 • Couples
Jardine House is located at 1 Connaught Place, Central on Hong Kong Island. It is owned by Hongkong Land Limited, a subsidiary of Jardines. At the time of its completion in 1972, it was the tallest building in Hong Kong and in Asia. In 1980, the Hopewell Centre usurped the title of the tallest building in Hong Kong. The building is interconnected by the Central Elevated Walkway with buildings of Hongkong Land Limited like Exchange Square and the International Finance Centre. The mini series Noble House, Struan's head office is located in one of the skyscrapers in central Hong Kong.

The miniseries was produced by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, and broadcast by NBC in 1988. Based on the novel Noble House by James Clavell, it features a large cast headlined by Pierce Brosnan as business tycoon Ian Dunross and was directed by Gary Nelson.
Dr. Erick J. Mann, PhD Professor of History and Fulbright Scholar
Written June 4, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,181 contributions
Once the tallest building in Asia
Mar 2019 • Couples
Jardine House is a 52-storey building in Central that was built in 1972 when it was then called the Connaught Centre. At the time, this was the tallest building in Asia, now its not even one of the 100 tallest buildings in the city of Hong Kong.

The architecture is representative of late modernism, the building exterior appearance is rectangular and filled with circular shaped windows. It is a very simple and minimalist architectural shape and form that was prevalent in that day and age.

Another thing interesting to see on the ground level there is a small garden outside with fountain pool and a contemporary sculpture called Double Oval by Henri Moore (1966).
Written April 2, 2019
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Rtary L
Hong Kong, China540 contributions
Famous for having numerous round windows
Jul 2017 • Business
It is one of the famous commercial buildings in Hong Kong in 80s/90s of last century. One of the stock exchanges (there used to be 4 stock exchanges in Hong Kong before 1986) was situated in this building.
In these days, it turns out to be one of ordinary commercial buildings in Hong Kong but the numerous round windows still reflect its old glory.
Written July 13, 2017
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Patrick L
Hong Kong, China84 contributions
Another landmark building in Central
Oct 2016 • Solo
Jardine House was originally called Connaught Building (Connaugt translated in Chinese meaning healthy and happy), a better name. It has later been changed to the present one named after the holding company. You can recognize the building from a distance because of the circle-shaped windows and special design. It was once the tallest building, but not any more. There are several shops and restaurants on the lower floors plus a super market and a gift shop run by OXFAM. You can have a cup of coffee to take a rest there.
Written November 4, 2016
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Amy S
24 contributions
3-4 restaurants fir you yo frequent
Aug 2016 • Business
How could anyone miss Jardine House, it's a landmark of Central. I think it's the only building with round Windows in HK! They have Miso (Japanese), Cantonese restaurant, CHIU Chow food and a western bar/restaurant. Food are all good in these restaurants n not expensive. Nicely located! Many people go there for lunch and dinner for business and or family functions! Right infront of Jardine House there is our HK General Post Office! You can buy stamps from there.
Written August 15, 2016
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RayAnh72
Hong Kong, China664 contributions
The House of 1000 Orifices
Apr 2016 • Solo
This 52-floor high rise remains distinctive more than 40 years after its completion (in 1973). It was for 7 years Hong Kong’s tallest building and remains the seat of the Jardine Matheson group, the trading company bearing the name of the two merchants most influential in the founding of the British colony of Hong Kong. The metal cladding and round windows are the most distinctive features of the building and have earned it in Chinese the nickname of the “house of 1000 orifices”, an allusion not so much to the windows (there are in fact 1700) but rather to those working inside (more like 5000 in any given day). In the public area just in front of Jardine House is a major sculpture by Henry Moore. Another Moore sculpture is visible not far, on the pedestrian podium at the entrance of Exchange Square. And other major works of art (two by Taiwanese artist Ju Ming) are installed between Exchange Square and the new tilted Standard Chartered building. There are a handful of restaurants in the basement, including “miso’, a Japanese teppanyaki and Grappa’s Cellar, an Italian restaurant with frequent live music events.
Written April 21, 2016
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Christine T
Hong Kong, China645 contributions
Office building it is
Feb 2016
It is an office building with limited number of eating places at the basement. It is part of Hong Kong Land and thus well connected with other Hong Kong Land properties. Nothing great about this building except that it is probably the first that built on reclaimed land. But nowadays most of the high rise in HK are built on reclaimed land, so nothing great to write about this
Written February 13, 2016
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Jardine House is open:
  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM