我的康樂大廈 my connaught centre

2015.1.1 | jardine house, central 怡和大廈

每次走到康樂大廈附近都不禁抬頭細賞,那方形大樓無數圓形的窗戶,長春不老。仰望向上的圓形有如香檳泡泡昇華,實在百看不厭。

依然喜歡叫大樓康樂大廈,因為當年,他是香港最高的商業建築。還記得從前來到樓底廣場,感覺四方視野遼闊;不懂藝術,但走到亨利摩亞雕塑前就是喜歡;其時,最喜歡跟康樂大廈連體的一系列活動就是走到卜公碼頭的上蓋花園欣賞海景海風。

現在舊物不在,欣賞角度更新。喜歡從中環的空中連接天橋走來,在通道上近看建築;或走下面向中環郵局的一方,在陽光普照的日子,看著水池流蕩閃耀波光,映照亨利摩亞雕塑和幾個閒坐池邊的路人。甚至在中環街頭看到大樓的地方,就欣賞周圍玻璃幕牆上圓形窗戶的反映。

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.

connaugh-jardine house

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