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The AIA Central, formerly called AIG Tower, in Hong Kong is a 185-metre, 37-storey skyscraper that was completed in 2005 and serves as the headquarters of AIA Group. It is located in Central, not far from the landmark Bank of China Tower.The Furama Kempinski Hotel, famous for its revolving restaurant, formerly stood on the same lot that the former AIG Tower rises from, but in December 2001, the 33-story hotel was demolished in order to make way for the AIG Tower. The tower was renamed to AIA Central on 9 July 2009.The building was jointly developed by Lai Sun Development, CapitaLand, and American International Group . The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed the building to look like the Chinese junk, a Chinese sailboat design dating from ancient times and still in use today. Leslie E. Robertson Associates are the structural engineers for this project. As well they included a pedestrian bridge linking the tower to the Hong Kong elevated walkway network.The building has approximately 41,777 m² of office accommodation.Plot historyThe 999-year leasehold site has an area of 24427sqft.Lai Sun Development ("LSD"), founded by textiles magnate Lim Por-yen, paid HK$7 billion for Furama Hotel Enterprises in June 1997. Lai Sun, which already owned the Ritz-Carlton Hotel next door, acquired a 45.42 per cent stake for $3.13 billion, and made a general offer at $33.50 for each remaining shares at a total cost of $6.893 billion.