oasis 綠洲笑

2010.4.1| 中央街市 central market |

every time passing by here, I cannot help smiling to this big headline. what a way to gratify a public toilet – if you are not familiar with this area, look carefully there are two entrances with white tiles, to the left is for boys (left) and to the right for girls. The truth is that this is the building of central market, one of the surviving Bauhaus style market building in hong kong. the market was opened in 1939 and stopped servicing in 2003. for almost 7 years the architecture has been much neglected (not me !!!) till a ‘revitalization’ project being announced at the end of 2009. I am keeping my fingers crossed hard, the future ‘revitalized’ central market will enjoy a real and new life with respect to its history. As for now ,this green skin and oasis concept to me is a bit suffocating.

每次經過看到這大字(oasis綠洲),都忍俊不禁。公廁儼如綠洲,那末美景良晨!(假如你不熟悉這裏,請看圖,左右白瓷磚男女廁入口。

看不順眼那綠色的膠布,緊緊包裹,覺得建築連呼吸也困難。心深禱告,進行的保育活化,不會有辱中央街市的歷史和建築美。

中央街市是香港第一座街市大樓,現在的建築屬第二代。他讓對建築欣賞非常陌生的香港人懂得包浩斯。我愛他的四四方方,穩陣固守中區的踏實,大大的鐵窗戶,還有童年的味道回憶(兒時,媽媽非常偶然會燜煮花生牛腩,買材料便會特意來到中區來,到地牢一層,買碎腩去。)和逝去的舊式街市經驗。

references:

wiki in english 中文維基

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