【大廈名字系列 building name series】義發工業大廈 efficiency house

2015.4.4 | 新蒲崗大有街 35 tai yau street, san po kong efficiency house apr15

陽光普照的中午,走在新蒲崗街上,突然眼前一亮,一個與天一色的巨人赫然鎮守眼前大街上。

工業大廈近年給我的印象都是落魄、變形的感覺;鮮有如義發這般光鮮、傲然的氣派。不排除藍天和陽光的美好襯托起作用,但建築本身發揮的觀感還是最大原因。在建築牆身對街最寬角度的一面,正大光明、名正言順地宣示自己的名字。英文橫寫上方,中文跟著頂天立地式掛下,還有題字人陳正文署名。(留意:廈字少了一點。小時候常常看到如此寫法,該是老一脫人的習慣)

嘗試找尋大廈的資料,沒有很多。只知大廈業務興旺,不同種類的生意藏身其中,也有迷你倉。單棟15層的建築落成於1965年。寫字人的身份也未有查出。

it was a beautiful day during easter holidays. my first time visiting san po kong. the old community vibe is pleasant there.

then this industrial building deeply impressed me. after all san po kong was a very important industrial factory district crucial to the city’s economy several decades back. on first glance, the facade, of this building erected in 1965, at least seems to be well-maintained. the choice of colour – shades of blue and greyish blue – also is a highlight. the softness works interestingly with the ‘toughness’ connotation of industrial building.

the english name of the building is another highlight. it has a proper english name and not a direct translation of the chinese. and i love the english and chinese names are not exact copies of each other; the pronunciations and meanings are complementing however.

i am a font lover. i cannot tell what fonts of the chinese and english writings (sorry!) but they certainly serve the purpose in a pretty way. the chinese actually is done by a calligrapher or a well-known person named 陳正文 chan ching-man, as there is a name stamp. unfortunately i couldn’t find more information about the calligrapher nor the building at the moment.

 

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