Oriental Extravaganza

The architect's model on display last week at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art looked rather like an upended radiator. But check the price tag. According to a number of guesstimates, the headquarters skyscraper of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp., scheduled for completion in 1985, could eventually cost $920 million, making it the most expensive single building in history. At 41 stories, it would cost only a little less than the $1.1 billion for the entire World Trade Center complex, with its twin towers of 110 stories each and its thousands of offices,...

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