麗池大廈 ritz garden apartments

2013.10.10 | 英皇道885 – 939 king’s road

從谷歌地圖上看,麗池大廈的範圍有一大個長方形。

原址是上世紀四十年代北角紙醉金迷代表 –  麗池花園夜總會。北角位置在香港島最北,當年屬近郊,附近有泳棚。夜總會於1947年9月7日開幕。按《香港倒後鏡》部落形容,集泳池、海浴場、舞廳、酒吧、餐廳於一身,還有一小型哥爾夫球場。

ritz garden apartments used to stretch from king’s road 885 to 939. this plot lived  an extravagant and dazzling last life – the ritz nightclub. it opened in 1947. north point at that age was a suburban. the nightclub which was described as the moulin rouge and ritz of then hong kong lighted up the area. the history was definitely glorious. it was the birth place of the local beauty pageant and the representation of the glitz and the loudness of night life.

麗池結業後改建成麗池大廈,由1958至1960年分期完成。多棟大樓以麗字命名,分佈有面向英皇道,也有背後私家街位置的,都獲分派英皇道門牌。一片屋苑範圍的完整,到上世紀末遭拆散。中間部分1998年拆掉,到2002年新建樓宇禦皇臺,落成英皇道933號。

a high time came to closure. the ritz garden apartment was the reincarnation. The apartments were built between 1958 and 1960, after the closure of rizt the nightclub.

每次經過英皇道,都不禁多望現存的麗池大廈。因為她的外牆設計實在悅目。單位有大型方正的窗戶。大廈中央的樓梯位置的窗戶,擺置有韻律感。最喜歡是那中庭外牆,整幅六角孔洞,挑引我這個建築偷窺狂。

it must be the gene. the architecture, after 50 years, still contains energy. each apartment owns a big rectangular wide-angle window. the middle part of the building is graphical and harmonic. the best part, to me, is a bee hive pull flat and long in a rectangular shape. love the space physically and in imagination; the tens of hole on this wall added to the building.

前數天,一個陽光充盈的下午,這堵牆施展魔力。讓我無端在塵土囂揚的城市中墜入迷幻境界。

the magic is endless. few days ago i passed by the area. i was spellbound. a sunny autumn day set in and there.

ritz n pt

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