銅鑼灣轉角唐樓 – 富興大廈 the walk-up building around the corner of times square

2017.3.4 | 羅素街 60 russell street

銅鑼灣一直熙來壤往,隔一陣子就有新形或翻新建築商場酒店等落成。故此大家印象都是鮮亮的鋼筋玻璃大樓,五光十色的燈影外牆視覺裝飾。似乎都忽略了四處還錯落好些舊樓。

老實大方的唐樓建築,看上去感覺就是踏實,因為室內空間寬闊,而外觀線條和設計簡單而順溜。

近來,時代廣場羅素街馬路斜對面的這棟商住唐樓,又完成一輪改裝/翻新。不知道大家會否看不慣,實在卻是將建築還原。多年來密封的外牆,讓租客房主享受最大的室內空間,卻是犧牲了原來唐樓的騎樓/涼台設計和空氣流轉美。

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.

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