2015.1.1 | jardine house, central 怡和大廈
i adore this building – the timeless rectangular tower echoes with the regular circular windows.
i prefer calling it connaught centre because the old name reminds me the good old-time – it was then the tallest building in hong kong and asia for a several years after completed in 1972; the square underneath the building seemed so broad and wide; not to forget it was standing by the harbourfront and the blake pier, sea breezes and human activities were abundant. also there was the weird but pleasant giant bronze giant i intimately called the “belly buttons”, back then public sculpture was a far-reaching concept to common citizen let alone a little kid. it was until many many years later i learnt that the sculpture is named “double oval” and is by the renowned henry moore.
it was renamed jardine house in the late 1980s and the skyline has been ever-changing around the tower. today, the glass and iron & steel curtain walled-skyscrapers around provided me an added interesting angle to appreciate the connaught’s unique features.