Hong Kong Tops Charts as World’s Most Expensive Construction Market

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EC Harris’ 2013 International Costs Report has named Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to build in. The annual study, which benchmarks building costs in 47 countries across the globe, found that relative costs have been affected by substantial fluctuations in currency throughout the year. Despite a stagnant economy, Europe has six of the top ten most expensive markets in this year’s report, reflecting the competitive challenge faced by the Eurozone. 

The top ten most expensive countries to build in are:

C-Mine Expeditie / NU architectuuratelier

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Architects: NU architectuuratelier
Location: Winterslag, 3600 , Belgium
Project Architect: Halewijn Lievens
Photographs: Stijn Bollaert

Ice Rink of Liège / L’Escaut Architectures + BE Weinand

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Architects: L’Escaut Architectures + BE Weinand
Location: Liege,
Gappa Structure: Yves Weinand, Arianit Shevelli Fluids: BET Nicolas Ingénieries
Area: 7,410 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Detiffe

After-School Child Care Gistel / Buro II & Archi+I

© Klaas Verdru

Architects: Buro II & Archi+I
Location: Gistel,
Architect In Charge: Tom Vandorpe
Designer: Kevin Huysentruyt, Fanny Dorme
Year: 2013
Photographs: Klaas Verdru

Liège Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis / Dethier Architectures

© Serge Brison

Architects: Dethier Architectures
Location: 4102 .
General Contractor: Daniel Stoffels sprl
Metallic Structure: Bemelmans Balancier et Fils sprl
Interior Woodwork: C. Dethier sprl
Area: 333.0 sqm
Year: 2004
Photographs: Serge Brison

GENETS 3 / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

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Architects: Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Jean-Luc Laloux

School extension in Antwerp / Areal Architecten

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Architects: Areal Architecten
Location: Weerstandslaan,
Area: 2,450 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Areal Architecten, Thomas De Bruyne

Renovation of Kazematten Bombshelters / Govaert & Vanhoutte architectuurburo

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Architects: Govaert & Vanhoutte architectuurburo
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Govaert & Vanhoutte architectuurburo

Cellebroedersstraat / a2o architecten

© Niels Donkers

Architects: a2o architecten
Location: Cellebroedersstraat, ,
Founder: Haumont nv
Contractor: Deholi nv , Centrum-Zuid 2607, 3530 Houthalen
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Niels Donkers

Summerhouse V at K / BURO II & ARCHI+I

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Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Siska Vandecasteele

Linq / NU architectuuratelier

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Architects: NU architectuuratelier
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Arunas Arlauskas, Armand Eeckels
Area: 186 sqm
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Ter Pitte / Import Export Architecture

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Architects: Import Export Architecture
Location: Antwerpen,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Stijn Bollaert, Courtesy of Import Export Architecture

House GePo / OYO – Open Y Office

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Architects: OYO – Open Y Office
Location: ,
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Janssens

House in Wilrijk / Areal Architecten

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Architects: Areal Architecten
Location: Antwerp,
Area: 265 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Areal Architecten

Medical Facility in Burges / Cristian Panaite + Katrien Devreese

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Architects: Cristian Panaite +
Location: Dudzele, Bruges,
Area: 215 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Politiecommissariaat Brugge / Beel & Achtergael Architecten

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: Beel & Achtergael Architecten
Location: Brugge,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Lieven Achtergael, Isabelle Dierickx, Pietter Lansens, Tom Mockett, Jeffrey Berghman, Rein Bultynck, Sofie Philips, Kris Broidioi, Steve Salembier, Vincent De Keyser, Ida Lievens
Area: 11,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

BAT 021 Housing / Urban Platform

© Georges de Kinder + Serge Brison

Architects: Urban Platform
Location: ,
Area: 6,566 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Georges de Kinder + Serge Brison

SUE 006 Housing / Urban Platform

© Marc Detiffe

Architects: Urban Platform
Location: Brussels,
Area: 3800.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Marc Detiffe, Tim Van de Velde