長沙灣青山道拆樓 demolition, castle peak road (cheung sha wan)

2018.05.14 | 青山道 217-239 castle peak road 昨日到荔枝角辦事,完事後乘巴士往尖沙嘴。經過青山道接東京街的一段,那一排的唐樓群終於搭棚準備拆樓了。這列舊樓從搬遷到丟空有一段日子,終於到倒數日子。 翻查地產網站,當中的樓宇的入伙年份是 1968 年,也就是說樓齡50。 after finishing some business at lai chi kok, i took a bus to tsim sha tsui. the bus travels along castle peak road from lai chi kok to sham shui po. when it went near tonkin street, it is a sad scene, seeing scaffolding […]

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唐樓賜予的美感與動感 the beauty of tenement houses

2017.03.01 | 元州街 273 un chau street 很喜歡這種較剪式唐樓樓梯的設計,為街道的上空,不但勾勒出硬朗的幾何畫面,更投入一種動感。 這裡還一連三樘的樓梯,彷彿在這舊區的大氣放下一座手風琴,隱約感受到老舊時光的音符。 可惜的是樓宇老舊,也缺少保養,不知多久這裡會淪入發展的時代巨輪下。 i always find this kind of staircases really awesome looking. it is scissor-like, coming in par, putting outside the tenement houses or tong lau on one side. not sure if residents finding them comfortable to use but they certainty strike a great visual effect to […]

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【樓上文字系列 words on building series】「純粹租房」、新新照相 “rooms for rent only” & “fresh new photo studio”

2018.02.06 | 青山道250 & 248 castle peak road 「純粹租房」是時鐘酒店的典型告白。網上搜尋,250號這棟唐樓1961年入伙,也找到此門牌時鐘酒店的資料。樓已舊,生意也應該不新。但這樓上的文字風景卻蠻風雅的。舊款綠色階磚,配襯紅色界飾,還有紅色立體雕字,陽光斜照影落。 248號的唐樓,年份應該相當,同一樓層另一門生意。平面招牌字也是紅色,字體老實方穩。可惜日久失修,其中一個「新」字不堪歲月掉了半邊。 有趣是兩組招牌字,猶如貼對門神互相呼應,一邊從左至右,一邊由右至左。 the 3-d chinese characters read from left to right means “room for rent only”. this is a common slogan for hourly room renting business used since old hong kong. even though such kind of business is usually “look down” by people, the presentation of […]

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舊區大廈鐵閘 a building gate in an old district

2018.01.07 | 黃竹街 21 & 23 wong chuk street 豐富如畫板,色彩、物料、商業、民間信仰等等薈萃。讓我們一一盤點。 中心主角,非常老香港的綠色鐵閘,鑲裝配襯著深紅階磚門面;鐵閘上裝設齊整信箱投口,有清晰住戶門牌註釋。 除了大會提供的這些,某些用戶、商號另設自己的名號小招牌以及門鈴對講機。 大概是商住樓的關係,對於神明信仰有仔細安排,天官與地主齊全;土地還有舒適地台安放。 活力建於廣告招紙在鐵閘多番張貼剝落留下拼貼塗鴉式的留痕; 此外,民間智慧的應用,為這門戶增添人氣。鐵閘門柄上綁有尼龍繩,是方便要長時間打開閘時可用的吧。另外閘腳捆了彩藍膠墊裝置,是樓上用戶怕了砰砰聲響嗎? call me trivia. but i enjoy checking small and common but very human things, even from an iron gate like this. the colours, the materials, ‘designs’ for practical uses or application of street culture and wisdom … plenty of lovely […]

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