Architecture & Urban Design I – Pivoting Point: Vanishing Wanchai

Related Staff : Anderson Lee

Supervisor: Anderson Lee

The objective of the studio was twofold: It was to give students an opportunity to understand and acknowledge the vast possibilities in approaching urban renewal project and the theoretical position an architect can take regarding conservation.  The studio acted as a platform for students to investigate and understand the history of modern art and design movement in Hong Kong of which most of the current generation of local artists/designers are in debt to.

The site of the studio project was located at 99 Kennedy Road, next to the International Methodist Church in Wanchai, Hong Kong.  A three storey building built in 1950s with a site area of 1200SM, it was currently occupied by the Department of Health as the Wanchai Chest Clinic.  The clinic was a typical of building from that era with its completely non descriptive facades and no nonsense building plan. It provided a potentially fertile ground for the studio to investigate what could be the new found definition on conservation in contemporary Hong Kong.

The studio combined research findings generated from the tangibles and the intangibles. The studio began with the studying on the works of two prominent local artists: Wucius Wong and Kan Tai Keung, followed by a visit to Wong’s artist studio.  Together with the research on Site, History, Conservation, Community, Program and Economics of Wanchai district, students were asked to derive a building program to form a “working museum” which took into account of the challenges presented by the historical and cultural context of the district, the original building and the physical site.

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