廟街唐樓 an old walk-up building on temple street

temple st 21-23

2014.5.14 | 廟街 21-23 temple street

這唐樓,像老盡垂死。然而他的建築外形奇特。正方樓房分兩半,一變全窗戶一邊各層有騎樓。不禁猜想這是原來建築的設計嗎?

再留意窗戶,二樓、四樓都是用鐵皮窗框,而三樓的窗更舊,都是木窗框的。

this old building seems to be gasping for breath, almost dying. yet it is eye-catching. its façade is equally halved, one side with windows, another with balconies.

i love windows. on the first and third floor at the “window half”, the window frames are my usual favorite – iron old style. to my surprise, the ones on the second floor are even older, they are wood.

上谷歌地圖,有趣的發現。2009年到2011年,樓的兩邊都是窗,而且住戶都有晾衣到外面。左邊地鋪有興記煲仔飯。

回看今天,樓的左邊,似還原樓最初的設計。可惜的是,這邊的人氣欠奉。相反,樓右二樓有光管兩著,加上兩大亮點:23號地鋪德利商店還在經營士多生意。而樓頂角那蓬樹欣欣向榮。

further research added more fun. on google maps, i found photos of this building from 2009 to 2011. the building was well-balanced on the façade then. both sides were with window. and the building seemed to have more “human air” (residents).

makes me wonder which half now is the true representation of the original architecture.

i found lucky in this rocket-speed developing city two things at least remain unchanged: the “tuk lee shop”, the neighbourhood store on the ground floor, is still selling snacks and soft drinks; and the flourishing tree standing at the rooftop corner.

source: google maps
source: google maps
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