啟德大廈 kai tak mansion

2013.10.9 | kwun tong road 35-55A 觀塘道35至55號A

請原諒我這個愚魯的港島人。啟德 – 一直只知道有個機場。

十月因政府舉辦的古跡遊,到了現址浸會大學視覺藝術學院(啟德校園),參觀前皇家空軍基地職員宿舍連食堂。及後在附近區域流連。回來後再上網查資料,才知道更多有關啟德區的歷史和規模。

forgive me being a dumb hongkong islander. the only thing i knew about kai tak was the airport, throughout my life till lately.

i paid a visit to the academy of visual arts, baptist university last month, as it was originally the ex-royal air force station, one of the venues under the government’s heritage visit programme lasting for a whole month in october. the campus is also known as the kai tak campus. after touring around the 80-year old site, i took a walk in the neighbouring area. and then research where i been to afterwards. then i began to know more about kai tak, its history and more.

今天說啟德,大家的目光依然在原來機場的地方,未來的發展和今天的油輪碼頭。但當天我遊走的是啟德民居的部分,有點光輝過後的感概。啟德大廈更惹人唏噓。

when people talk about kai tak these days, they most likely are thinking about the same area where the airport was at. what they talk about now is future development and the cruise terminal. the places i visited that day in october however are the less prominent, more quiet and feel faded corners.

看地圖,查歷史,啟德大廈有其氣派。一排四幢七層樓高的大廈,坐看車水馬龍的觀塘道。除了近三百的住宅單位,還有商舖及車位。可惜到了半百之年(1963年落成),因為經過收購後等待重建,形成十室九空短期出租的殘局。

kai tak mansion map(source: google map)

checking map, i could imagine during its prime time, kai tak mansion must have its glorious moments. there are four blocks altogether, lining up tight and neat facing kwun tong road. in addition to residential apartments, there are shop spaces and car park. it was built in 1963 ( yes it is 50 years old). in the past few years, most of the units are bought over for redevelopment. however the plan is stalled off due to complications. now when you walk past the blocks, the vacancy and idleness feels torn.

kai tak mansion

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