好窗戶 good old windows

2015.9.6 | 粉嶺聯發街 2-16 luen fat street, fanling

說起粉嶺聯和墟,現在大家想起大概都是那停用的聯和墟市場那老舊的建築。

其實追溯歷史,聯和墟是個規劃發展的墟市區,包括六條街道:聯和道、和豐街、聯昌街、聯盛街、聯興街、聯發街,重點是露天及有蓋市場。市場周圍有新式兩層建築,地下是商舖,樓上是住宅。1951年1月墟市和附近商舖一拼開幕,想像起來也非常熱鬧。

照片所拍的應該跟那兩層上居下舖的建築一脈相承。不過我亦考查過一些物業網站,資料示這一批的入伙日期是1964年。不管五十還是六十年代的建築,這些美麗的兩層大樓最少有五十年歷史。

當城內的眼光集中在轉角唐樓的時候,請大家不要忽視其他舊式樓房的美好。

那伸展半個街區的窗戶,流轉了無限珍貴的風和光。

when we talk about luen wo hui at fanling these days, we most likely think of the historic and unused market building facing luen wo road.

“hui” the term in chinese actually means market town. back in 1950s, villagers and town leaders at fanling and villages around got together were some town-planning pioneers. they raised funds and set up a company and developed the luen wo hui market town. the open market and covered market (i.e. the luen wo market) were the main focus of the development but there included a well-planned town around it as well. it comprises of six streets – luen wo road, wo fung street, luen cheong street, luen shing street, luen hing street and luen fat street. many two storey buildings were built along these streets with retail spaces on ground level and the upper level is for residential purpose. what an amazing development when i learnt about this.

the building in this photo could be a reflection of those two-storey retail-residential construction if not the real architecture built back in 1950s. the long stretch of window is such a romantic scene. it allows wind and light flow well and i can almost breathe the air 50 years ago. it is also a luxury in this air-tight glass wall manic city.

luen fat st sept15

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