Hong Kong’s Cyberport: “Hong Kong’s IT Flagship”

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CyberPort (Outblaze offices on floor 11)

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This is a special “Asian” edition of Silicon Valley Sightings, a photoblog series I’ve been doing for a few months.

Cyberport, a $3.89 billion futuristic high-tech campus is a mixed use facility that has housing, a shopping mall, and four major towers for tech companies. It’s located on the southern area of Hong Kong Island, right on the water, nestled between green dramatic jade hills. It’s home to companies such as Cisco Systems, CMGI, Hewlett-Packard, Hikari Tsushin, Hua Wei, IBM, Legend (now Lenovo), Microsoft, OutBlaze, Oracle Corporation, Silicon Graphics, Softbank, Sybase and Yahoo!.

Cyberport is being developed on a 24-hectare site at Telegraph Bay on Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. The project aims to build a community interconnected by state-of-the-art broadband network consisting of four office buildings, a five-star hotel, a retail entertainment complex and about 2,800 deluxe residential homes, leading to an interactive environment that will be home to a strategic cluster of about 100 companies and 10,000 professionals in the IT and creative industries” –WikiPedia

There are shared media resources (in case you need rendering power from dozens of blade servers) a motion capture facility if you’re going to build games, library and resource center, the official website has more details. There’s a mall for entertainment, there’s restaurants, and a state of the art movie theater that’s frequented on the weekends by the family crowd.

It’s not quite a utopia, as critics of Cyberport have debated the role of the development group, and the actual number of tennents and usage of the campus, success hasn’t yet been declared. “Meanwhile, Cyberport – Hong Kong’s “IT flagship” and Hong Kong Disneyland have been disappointing. The former has little in the way of innovation and exists essentially as another property development rent spinner, not a real IT hub.” reports Asia Sentinel.

Best of all, it’s a 15 minute boat ride to Lamma island, a resort like rural get away with restaurants, beaches and hiking, my friends at Outblaze took me there for lunch, see photos.

Below: Pictures from the Cyberport campus


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  • Whoa, an absolute gorgeous landscape campus.

  • Jeff Glasson

    Wow – looks like an amazing environment to work in. With all the amenities, who would ever leave..?!

  • yndy

    absolutely stunning!! Even if they haven’t ironed out all the details, it sure is shiny!!

  • Cyberport will also host the upcoming OS Summit Asia open source conference by the Apache Software Foundation and Eclipse Foundation:

    http://www.ossummit.com

  • Nice write-up and nice pictures as always! I’m a tenant at the Cyberport. We moved Outblaze here around 2002 (or was it 2003?), and I can definitely attest that work has been more pleasant since then. At first we were a bit worried about being located outside the city, but it’s only 10-15 minutes by car to Central district. The Cyberport management is friendlier, more responsive, and a lot easier to deal with than our previous landlords.

  • wow! You make Cyberport looks much nicer than real life!

  • Nah Leonard, Cyberport looks really nice.

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  • Nice write-up and nice pictures as always! I'm a tenant at the Cyberport. We moved Outblaze here around 2002 (or was it 2003?), and I can definitely attest that work has been more pleasant since then. At first we were a bit worried about being located outside the city, but it's only 10-15 minutes by car to Central district. The Cyberport management is friendlier, more responsive, and a lot easier to deal with than our previous landlords.

  • doul39

    HI, thanks for the article, very informative! The pics from the island were great too…next time i'm in HK I'll have to go visit.

  • Anonymous

    Nice article. They really do make cyberport look very attractive. The architecture reminds me of some really high quality but surprisingly Cheap New York Hotels I have stayed in. Although the actual campus has elements of what looks like designs from science fiction movies.

  • Mikex41x41

    Very nice building. Will be interesting to see how this will look like in 30 years