前北九龍裁判法院 former north kowloon magistracy

2013.10.18 | 大埔道 tai po road

因為古跡周遊樂,經導賞員帶領參觀了薩凡納藝術設計學院。少有地對活化項目產生油然好感。因為地方新的用途,對原有的建築和歷史在尊重以外,更散發新的生命力和美感。

thanks to the one-month long heritage fiesta in october, i have had a guided tour in the campus of scad, at the site formerly north kowloon magistracy.

原來的法院,2005年關閉前,運作了44年。建築一直老實地發揮用途。樓外牆的花崗岩,樓內牆壁的雲石和木料,大抵沒有多少人留意當中美感。猶幸,一直隱藏的光澤,經過新主人的用心和見識給與顯露。

很喜歡這片地板和樓梯的石地面的霏霏酡紅和不規則排列。

the magistracy was closed in 2005 after a service of 44 years. it was built in the 60s in neo classical style. not many people i guess have paid attention to its beauty when it was a public servant; and not that many more after. but i am glad to find the new tenant respects and has paid an effort in complementing the aesthetic and historic values long hidden. i have to admit i detest the idea and the term ‘revitalization’ used in hong kong. it usually means destroying the original purpose and meaning of the heritage before adding something artificial on top. this site i visited lately however gave me a new dimension.

the floor and stairway are shinning warmth of pink and the irregular arrangement is quite handsome . it seems a reflection of the inner light finally shines through after ages of dirt being removed.

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