2014.5.14 | 廟街 21-23 temple street
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.
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.