2017.3.4 | 羅素街 60 russell street
causeway bay always give people the impressions of glitz, density and speed. people dash in and out shopping malls, eateries and entertainment venues. but every time when i walk pass some modern and posh gigantic building blocks, i feel glad that there are still quite many old buildings in between.
like percival street, along the tramway route, there are still some decades-old buildings/tong lau. these buildings went through renovation in the past five to ten years to host retailers or restaurants due to the ballooning of street-level retail rental at the turn of the century.
recently, found that this building went for another ‘makeover’ – i guess due to the shift of the retail / economic condition in the past year or two. some people may find it strange because they are so accustomed to the facade was all closed, like what is like around the mid-levels of this building right now. but i think what is showing on the upper levels probably is how this building used to look like in first place. one of the characteristics of these taller walk-up building/tong lau is that they have veranda. don’t we love all these lines and curves and the open air around such corner walk-up.