Restored to the people
Some of the city’s heritage architecture, repurposed since HK’s return to the country, stands out not just because the buildings are suited to contemporary lifestyles but also because they open doors to the public. Join on a guided tour. Friday, August 4,
Hong Kong residents have become increasingly conscious of the importance of preserving their heritage buildings, particularly so in the two decades since the establishment of the HKSAR. Today, loud voices proclaim that everything old requires conserving. But then Hong Kong only has so much land and a growing population to accommodate. Hence the supply of affordable housing falls far short of the demand. Given such a context, the case for keeping the old structures might appear to be on slightly shaky grounds. Then there are ways and ways of conserving old buildings. For example, these might be restored in a way that retains the structure’s original look while the interiors are modernized to suit contemporary lifestyles — keep the best of the past while making additions relevant to the future. Allow us to walk you through a few historic structures, revitalized over the last 20 years as a result of government and/or private initiatives and now serving as spaces accessible to the public, to examine ways of preserving the city’s architectural heritage with a degree of success.
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