安邦大廈 empire building

2015.10.8 | 東邊街電車路交界  des voeux road west and eastern street

每次坐西行電車進了西營盤,雖然已經經過這一帶千次甚至萬次,一直沒有看膩,還是覺得很多精彩在路兩旁:舊建築、老鋪、海味、鹹魚、臘味,視覺美感氣味傳統渾成老火湯的氛圍。

到了東邊街口,這棟較新一代的唐樓最吸我視線。你猜到寶藏在哪?

長方舊式的鐵窗花窗戶!全棟樓,每層窗戶延展,齊齊整整,而且沒有一家突然裝上新的鋁窗,所有窗戶是一式一樣的。

當陽光角度調準,樓房反映光影,我會覺得比鑽石盒子的光芒更迷人。

這照片,正如文首所言,是在電車上看的拍的。要說聲對不起,拍攝時間光線不足。

順帶一提,遠處有個圓球頂的建築,就是賦予西環另一意義的中聯辦的所在。

i only knew the name of this building when tried looking up its location on google map. it certainly has a name that mark its characters.

this i believe is a younger generation of the walk-up building. it has nine storey, the maximum number not requiring lifts according to old construction rule of the city.

i love this building, never fail to give my respect when passing by this block usually on tram. can you guess why?

it is the graphical sense and the tidiness, credit to the uniform almost in army-discipline iron-cast window frames. in most cases of older buildings in hong kong, many of the owners would replace the window frames with the new “aluminum” style. take a closer look. all the windows here are still the old style iron-cast “window flowers”. each window is rectangular in shape and the design of the frame makes the window looks like four smaller rectangles putting together. each main window is accompanied by an air-window on top, also rectangular in shape.

any time when the sunlight or night lights strike at right angle, this building shines amazingly, not even any gem box can compare.

unfortunately i took this picture (on the upper deck of a tram) when it was grey in this corner.  hope this leaves you some imagination space and attracts you to come by and check out this old friend in the district i am living.

an added note, the building at far with a ball on top is the one that gave a new definition to “western district”. it is where the liaison office of the central’s people government in hong kong is at.

empire building des v rd w oct15

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