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Old November 5th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #461
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Old November 7th, 2008, 07:32 PM   #462
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兩空置街市將關閉轉用途
11月6日 星期四 05:30

(星島日報報道)本港不少街市空置率長期高企,虧損嚴重。食物環境衞生署正檢討公眾街市,目前已完成地區諮詢工作。該署建議,就本港四個連續三年空置率處於六成的街市,包括中區必列啫士街街市、旺角街市、屯門廣財街市及灣仔燈籠洲街市,考慮進行改善或關閉;四個街市中,只有屯門廣財街市及灣仔燈籠洲街市獲該區區議會建議保留。

食物環境衞生署昨日向立法會提交的文件指出,署方已完成公眾街市供應檢討的地區諮詢,包括建議就經營困難的公眾街市進行改善或關閉。連續三年空置率處於六成的街市,包括中區必列啫士街街市、旺角街市、屯門廣財街市及灣仔燈籠洲街市。

區會求保廣財街及燈籠洲街

中區必列啫士街街市位於市建局H19重建項目內,中西區區議會主席陳特楚表示,已向食環署建議,配合重建發展將街市關閉,並將原建築物保留,改作圖書館用途。至於旺角街市,油尖旺區區議會食物及環境衞生委員會主席楊子熙指,已同意將街市關閉,再考慮改變用途。

其餘的屯門廣財街市及灣仔燈籠洲街市,則分別獲該區區議會建議保留。屯門區區議員陳雲生指出,早前已向食環署反映,屯門廣財街市有保留必要,空置率高,只是署方管理不善所致。

他表示,區議會已提議改善街市經營環境。為配合區內新來港人士、南亞裔人士等人口增加的需要,仿效馬來西亞及新加坡的市集,增加售賣東南亞特色商品,作為街市的新賣點。

規劃新街市更周詳

灣仔區區議員蕭志雄表示,在當局未有明確計畫改變灣仔燈籠洲街市作其他用途前,建議保留街市,將檔販遷至同一樓層內經營。

食環署亦建議修訂現行的《香港規劃標準與準則》內,以檔位數目與人口比例為參考基礎的公眾街市規劃準則,日後規劃新街市時,可彈性地考慮到人口組合、社區需要、附近公營及私營街市的情況,以確保資源運用妥善。署方表示,有關建議得到絕大多數區議會支持,下一步會向規劃署提出修訂。
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Old November 9th, 2008, 04:16 PM   #463
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You should put all the projects with images and stuff in the first post. it's easier for people to see, and it makes the thread less boring. What I mean is that you are giving an overload of information with the newspaper articles. It's a good job! but I think you have to make it simple. Thanks for keeping us up to date though
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Unfortunately, a lot of the projects do not have renderings available to the public, and only higher-profile projects have websites, so there tends to be a time lag between announcement in the press and when pictures become available.
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兩空置街市將關閉轉用途
11月6日 星期四 05:30

(星島日報報道)本港不少街市空置率長期高企,虧損嚴重。食物環境衞生署正檢討公眾街市,目前已完成地區諮詢工作。該署建議,就本港四個連續三年空置率處於六成的街市,包括中區必列啫士街街市、旺角街市、屯門廣財街市及灣仔燈籠洲街市,考慮進行改善或關閉;四個街市中,只有屯門廣財街市及灣仔燈籠洲街市獲該區區議會建議保留。
Two underused public markets face closure Proposal to save other venues
6 November 2008
South China Morning Post

Two public markets face closure because they have high vacancy rates and are running at a deficit.

But ways are to be sought to breathe new life into two other markets in a similar state after district councillors objected to their closure.

The decisions come after a review of markets by the Food and Health Bureau.

In a paper submitted to the Legislative Council yesterday, the bureau said the four markets had seen vacancy rates of more than 60 per cent and deficits for three years.

The two to be closed, with the approval of district councils, are the Mong Kok Market and the Bridges Street Market in Central.

Proposals will be considered for revitalising the Tang Lung Chau Market in Causeway Bay and the Kwong Choi Market in Tuen Mun.

Yau Tsim Mong councillor Henry Chan Man-yu said the Mong Kok Market, at the junction of Argyle Street and Canton Road, had long been unpopular among residents.

"It's a breeding ground for mice," he said.

Residents patronised the open-air markets outside the market building instead, he said, adding that they wanted to see the site converted into community facilities.

Tenants moving from the Mong Kok facility to other markets will receive 24 months' rent as compensation and a three-month rental waiver. Those who choose to close down will get 27 months' rent.

The Bridges Street Market will be part of an Urban Renewal Authority project and the future of the building will be decided later.

District councillors who objected to the closure of the other two markets have suggested using the vacant space and stalls for community facilities, or leasing them out to social enterprises.

Wan Chai district councillor Yolanda Ng Yuen-ting said vacancies were high at the Tang Lung Chau Market because the government had stopped letting out stalls after the 2003 Sars outbreak.

"Some people are selling meat right outside the building, and they told me they cannot move in," she said.

She said the market also served residents living in Jardine's Lookout and was a grocery-shopping place for Indonesians on Sunday, because of its proximity to the Indonesian consulate.

The bureau yesterday proposed in another paper to build new crematoriums in Wo Hop Shek to cope with the rising number of cremations, which have increased from 30,100 in 2003 to 34,440 last year. It projected that the number would rise to 42,000 by 2012.
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Hang Lung pulls sale of flats at discount
8 November 2008
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Hang Lung Properties, which holds 2,000 remaining flats in West Kowloon, has suddenly stopped selling units in Cheung Sha Wan at a steep discount, according to industry sources.

A price list distributed on Thursday evening to agents showed seven remaining units at Aqua Marine were being offered at between HK$4,949 and HK$5,560 per square foot. Flats on the 47th to 50th floors, ranging from 662 to 784 square feet, were offered at HK$3.38 million to HK$3.88 million each.

This was about 28 per cent lower than the previous launch in May.

But by midday yesterday, industry sources said the discount sale had been held back by the developer without explanation.

"It is more likely to test the market waters instead of speeding up sales," said Eric Yuen Chi-fung, the head of research at Dao Heng Securities.

The last-minute pullback might be due to an unsatisfactory initial response from potential buyers, but it could also be prompted by expectations of an improvement in sentiment after banks cut interest rates, he said.

HSBC Holdings, Hang Seng Bank and Bank of East Asia will cut their best lending rate by 25 basis points to 5 per cent and 5.25 per cent on Monday.

Hang Lung's move came a day after Morgan Stanley cut its earnings forecast for the company by 26 per cent for next year, and a further 32 per cent in 2010.

In addition to 20 unsold units at Aqua Marine, Hang Lung holds 1,200 flats at Long Beach in Tai Kok Tsui, and 700 units at the luxury HarbourSide project at the MTR Corp's Kowloon Station.

Mr Yuen said it was unlikely Hang Lung would offer other projects at big price cuts since its balance sheet was one of the strongest in the sector, with a net cash position. Hang Lung was unavailable for comment.

In August, its executive director Terry Ng Sze-yuen said the holding cost of the 2,000 units was HK$50 million a year or HK$14 per square foot.

Lam Wai-man, sales director of Centaline Property Agency's West Kowloon office, said transaction prices in the area had dropped to HK$4,000 per square foot, down 20 to 25 per cent from early this year.

"The market is very quiet despite the big drop," he said.

Dominic Chan Tin-chee, senior district manager at Midland Realty's Tsim Sha Tsui branch, said secondary transaction prices at HarbourSide had dropped 40 per cent from the peak early this year to a current HK$16,000 per square foot.
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Task force might do well to look into redevelopment
12 November 2008
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Hong Kong has not escaped unscathed from the global financial crisis but it is surprising that some over-anxious homeowners have responded by offering to sell their luxury flats at less than half the top rates achieved just a few months ago.

Those willing to offer such deep discounts in order to quit the market in a hurry might be better off pausing to reflect on the supply equation in the luxury sector.

They might, when doing so, consider the signal sent by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in his policy address last month that the current rationing of land supply will remain unchanged. The "oversupply" of land had been corrected over a six-year campaign to reposition housing policy and restore confidence, Mr Tsang said, and the government "cherished" these hard-won results.

Indeed, supply of land has been extremely restricted in the past few years, particularly in luxury residential development. And plainly limited supply levels must inevitably help cushion the fall in property prices.

In addition to this important element in the supply equation, any analysis of the situation should take into account the government's reputation for reacting quickly to indicators signalling a potential downturn in the economy. To deal with the present crisis it has set up a task force and real estate and construction is one of four sectors that will come under the microscope.

The task force should bear in mind that while an argument might be made in favour of an increase in land supply since this could increase job opportunities, this will also come at the expense of property price growth.

But there may be a solution to the dilemma.

The government can promote urban redevelopment both through the Urban Renewal Authority and the private sector. This will involve demolishing existing buildings and hence displacing residents, who will need to find new homes and though redevelopment projects will produce more floor space or units, the net increase in supply will be rather limited.

Economic activity can be boosted by the demolition and construction process, as well as through the purchase of new flats by displaced residents.

Urban redevelopment by the private sector can meanwhile be encouraged by reducing the threshold for triggering the Land (Compulsory Sale for Redevelopment) Ordinance from 90 per cent to 80 per cent. Some lawmakers object to this because they believe it will benefit only developers.

The truth is provisions in the ordinance allow a developer to compulsorily acquire outstanding units in a building only after securing at least 90 per cent ownership. Lowering that threshold to 80 per cent will not alter the fact that to attract voluntary consent of this large majority will still oblige the developer to make attractive and realistic offers.

Relaxation of the threshold will facilitate urban redevelopment by clearing some of the hurdles caused by only a very few untraceable or greedy owners.

Hurdles that hinder developers from carrying out building projects should also be removed.

It is understandable that some of the new requirements and restrictions are needed in response to the community's increasing demand for improved living conditions.

However, the control on development parameters appears to lack transparency and efficiency.

A classic example is the failure of the intended joint sale of Merry Terrace in Mid-Levels. If developers were not so concerned with the possible introduction of new development control parameters (such as height limits and lower plot ratios) when the property was put to market, then the intended joint sale might have been successful and the individual strata-title owners of Merry Terrace would have relocated to larger, newer homes.

Ultimately, it is the individual flat owners, not developers, who suffer.

Transparency in formulating new development control parameters is essential to minimise the risks facing developers.

It is also crucial for government to deliver efficient and flexible public services.

Following the criticism of former director of housing Leung Chin-Man for exercising his discretionary powers, officials in various government departments now tend to stick to the rules.

But the development process frequently requires officials from government departments to exercise discretionary power.

Other issues the task force ought to consider is how to retain the services of talented architects who believe local regulations stifle creativity and leave Hong Kong to practise elsewhere; and the recruitment of more skilled staff to accelerate development approval procedures.

Charles Chan Chiu-kwok is managing director of Savills Valuation and Professional Services
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柴灣巴士廠建住宅 遭居民反對
13 November 2008
香港經濟日報

太古(00019)與中巴合作的柴灣巴士廠,早前向城規會提交修訂發展方案,計劃重建3幢52至57層高住宅,但卻遭到地區人士強烈反對,恐有關發展將出現屏風效應,並要求當局交代該車廠的用途。

消息人士表示,柴灣巴士廠計劃興建大廈樓高達57層,形同興建「屏風樓」,恐阻礙通風及景觀等,故會向城規會提出反對意見,並要求城規會否決該發展申請。另外,亦有地區人士質疑該地現作巴士廠,但卻獲准作住宅發展,要求當局交代該地的用途。

恐屏風效應 促否決申請

該重建項目包括柴灣道391號巴士車廠、部分常安街路段,以及比鄰巴士總站,規劃為「綜合發展區○」及「休憩用地」,早於2004年總綱發展藍圖獲批准,當時的發展方案擬建4幢53層高住宅,提供1,316伙,單位平均面積約617平方呎。

發展商現提出新方案,地盤面積15.88萬平方呎,地積比率8.025倍,總樓面面積92.86萬平方呎,計劃擬建3幢52至57層高住宅,較原方案減建1幢,層數最多減少4層,同時把單位平均面積由617平方呎增大至790平方呎,單位數目由1,316伙減少141伙至1,175伙。
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香港未來3個月將有44項基建工程進入施工期
15 November 2008
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香港特區政府發展局局長林鄭月娥15日表示,從11月至明年1月,香港將有44項基建工程進入施工期,這些工程總造價105億港元,可創造6900個就業職位。

在與立法會議員實地視察河套及香園圍等地區後,林鄭月娥向媒體表示,在未來3個月,另有22項工程將進行招標,工程造價88億港元,可創造職位共5500個。工程招標後,預計3至4個月後便可進入施工期。

她說,從11月至明年7月,香港將進行100項工程,總造價700億港元,能夠創造4萬個就業職位。這些工程獲立法會通過撥款後,便會招標和動工。總的來說,未來一年香港建造界應可創造大量職位。

林鄭月娥表示,特區政府十分關注建造業工人就業問題,並將大力推進基建工程。特區政府將努力縮短所有工程的法定程序,以期早日提交立法會通過。特區政府將開拓更多的小型工程,並將聯同市區重建局和香港房屋協會,鼓勵他們在這段期間多做私人樓宇的維修工作。
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Database of old buildings?

I am curious, what is the best way to research and determine the age of a building?

Looking at real estate ads on craiglist, it is easy to find information on the HK district and pictures of property, but more difficult to find information on the building itself.

Thanks! I am doing research, and hope to purchase a small flat or two as an investment property some time next year.
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I am curious, what is the best way to research and determine the age of a building?

Looking at real estate ads on craiglist, it is easy to find information on the HK district and pictures of property, but more difficult to find information on the building itself.

Thanks! I am doing research, and hope to purchase a small flat or two as an investment property some time next year.
No central database, but you can approach the local realtors' websites for more information on the properties :

http://www.midland.com.hk
http://www.centanet.com/
http://www.ricacorp.com/
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具重建價值 每呎樓面地價1493元 觀塘協力工廈標售意向二億
14 November 2008
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近年觀塘區由傳統的工業區,逐漸轉型為新型商業地帶,不少工廈樓齡高,具重建價值,觀塘偉業街一八一號協力工廈小業主標售全幢物業,意向價二億元,物業具重建價值,可重建樓面達十三萬三千九百四十四方呎,每方呎樓面地價一千四百九十三元。

韋堅信測量師行商業及投資部董事許偉國表示,觀塘偉業街一八一號協力工業大廈全幢物業,地盤面積約一萬一千一百六十二方呎,總樓面面積約十二萬一千六百方呎,將以現狀連租約出售,意向價約二億元,意向呎價為一千六百四十四元,截標日期為十二月二日。

土地屬商貿用途

觀塘協力工業大廈樓高十四層,有十數個業主集合業權聯合招標,大部分單位由業主持有自用,只有小部分出租,業主主要為物流公司,將單位作貨倉之用,該廈樓齡達四十多年,土地屬商貿用途,地積比達十二倍,可重建樓面達十三萬三千九百四十四方呎,較現樓樓面多約一萬二千方呎,買家購入後可策劃合併鄰近地盤,發展為甲廈或酒店作長綫投資用途。

許氏續稱,此物業坐落觀塘核心地段,區內商業項目如新地旗下的觀塘創紀之城,包括多幢甲廈及apm商場等,此外,新地和王氏國際將合作發展偉業街一八○號及海濱道一八一號大型商業項目,南聯地產位於巧明街一○二號城東誌亦快將入伙,酒店項目方面,觀塘麗東酒店於去年開業,而華懋集團位於創業街的酒店項目亦預計將於二○一○年落成,區內商業活動將更趨活躍。

坐落觀塘核心地段

另外,區內亦錄大手工廈物業成交,七月時,永成地產大股東盧華或有關人士,以二億七千六百萬元的最高標價,買入觀塘利寶時中心,面積約十一萬三千方呎,呎價達二千四百四十二元。另外,早前又有投資者以二億二千萬元購入觀塘高成大廈,位於觀塘海濱道的數幢臨海工廈物業,亦將有併購活動。
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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #477
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Redevelopment value per square foot of floor price 1493 yuan factory in Kwun Tong third-party auction intention 200,000,000
14 November 2008
Sing Tao Daily

Kwun Tong District in recent years by the traditional industrial areas, the gradual transition to a new business area, many old factory, the redevelopment value, Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, 181 third-party factory owners whole block of properties for auction, the price of intent 200,000,000 yuan, the redevelopment value of the property, up to 133,944 square feet of floor reconstruction, land prices per square foot of floor 1493 yuan.

Wei firmly believe that the surveyor's business and investment director, said Xu Weiguo, 181 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong industrial building efforts of the whole block of property, site area of about 11,162 feet, with a total floor area of about 121,000 Qian Liubai feet, the status quo will not even sell the lease, the price of intent about two billion square feet of intent for the price of 1644 yuan, the tender closing date is December 2.

Land use is a business

Third-storey industrial building in Kwun Tong, 14 layer, there are a dozen business owners the right to set a joint tender, most of the units occupied by owners holding only a small part of the rental owner has to logistics companies, will be flat for storage purposes, The old building up to more than four decades, land-commerce is a plot ratio reached Shier Bei, the reconstruction can be up to 133,944 square feet of floor, the floor is a floor of about 12,000 more Feet, and buyers can purchase the site near the merger plan, developed into a hotel or a building for long-term investment purposes.

Hsu added that the property is located in Kwun Tong core areas such as commercial projects in the region's landmark Millennium City, Kwun Tong, including more than 000 buildings and a shopping apm, and so on, In addition, the landmark Wang and international cooperation to the development of Albert Street No. 80 and No. 181 Beach Road, large-scale commercial projects, joint property located in the South How Ming Street, 10 second east-chi will soon be occupied, the hotel project, Kwun Tong Newton Hotel opened last year, while at the Chinachem Group Yip Street, the hotel project is also expected to be completed in 2010, the region's business activities will be more active.

The core of the lot is located in Kwun Tong

In addition, the region also recorded a large hand-building market transactions, in July, real estate Yongcheng LU shareholder or the person to a maximum of 276,000,000 yuan price, to buy Liberty when Kwun Tong, an area of about 113,000 square feet, the price of feet up to 2442 yuan. In addition, the earlier investors and to 220,000,000 yuan to buy into a high building in Kwun Tong, Kwun Tong Road, a few blocks of the waterfront factory waterfront property, there will be mergers and acquisitions.
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Celebrating Graham Street before it changes
16 November 2008
South China Morning Post

A street festival featuring arts performances and cultural tours opened yesterday near the hip area of SoHo in Central, aimed at drumming up support for the preservation of a historic market and its neighbourhood.

The Graham Street Market Festival, organised by the Central and Western Concern Group, is intended to raise public awareness on the redevelopment plans for the area.

John Batten, convenor of the conservationist group, hoped that with increased awareness would come greater pressure on the government to make concessions in its redevelopment plans.

Conservationist groups have long been battling the Urban Renewal Authority over its plans to redevelop the 160-year-old Graham Street open market. The group has urged town planners to rezone the area as a market street to preserve its vibrant and historic bazaar. Mr Batten said that although the Town Planning Board had already approved the authority's redevelopment plans last year and the authority had made some changes to include a market area, he hoped that increased public pressure would ensure that the new buildings would not be high rise.

The group had earlier suggested a 12-storey height limit.

Mr Batten said that the group already had more than 12,000 letters of support. "Realistically, things will only change if the government interferes," he said. "This is an ongoing campaign and we hope to force the change."

The festival, which is in its second year, opened at 3pm yesterday at Gage Street with the distribution of a map of Graham Street market to the public. It was followed by a forum featuring discussions involving architects, planners and activists on urban planning and renewal. A short film about the market stallholders called Graham Darlings was shown.

The festival also featured magicians, acrobats, performances by students from the University of Hong Kong, a flea market and cultural tours.

A flea market at the Hoi Wan Cafe on Gage Street will open at 2pm today and a guided cultural tour, which requires pre-registration, will occur this afternoon. The festival ends on Saturday.
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香港建築左腦綁右腦
22 November 2008
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左腦掌管邏輯數理,右腦則掌管創意圖像,對於講求精確數據及著重嶄新突破的建築設計,左右腦需要互相配合,才能夠興建出一座又一座令人喜出望外的住宅建築。不過,身兼建築師及室內設計師的何周禮慨嘆,縱使香港擁有一群富創意的建築師,其設計意念往往被生硬的條例及客戶的要求所扼殺,令住宅建築千篇一律,缺乏變化。

「由於現行的建築物條例,對住宅的興建存在多方面的規管,再加上發展商亦要求建築師完完全全地充分利用地盤的上蓋面積,因此,建築物的設計往往受到很大程度上的規範,造成『左腦綁右腦』局面,其中尤以分層式住宅的發揮空間最狹窄。」何周禮建築設計事務所創辦人兼董事何周禮說。

規例嚴格

香港土地價格高昂,發展商亦期望賺取最大利潤,於是傾向以高密度發展住宅,其中一梯多伙式的屋苑設計,屬行業最常見的「炒樓」方法,優點是可以盡用每分可建樓面面積。

「與此同時,屋宇署的建築物條例在採光度、空氣流通量等都有嚴格的要求,尤其在沙士後,對於每個單位的窗口位置已有既定的標準,所以基本上屋苑的圖則已經成形,在規劃平面圖上觀看猶如一架架飛機一樣,我們業界亦稱之為『飛機則』,建築師卻只可以透過防火層及燈光效果等,美化建築物的外牆立體,但可以發揮的空間卻相當有限。」何周禮說。

在本港眾多的分層式住宅建築之中,唯一能夠令何周禮印象喜出望外的項目,是1989年落成的淺水灣影灣園(The Repulse Bay)。他透露,該項目原定計劃發展為數座高密度大廈,但當時建築師卻建議把數座大廈融合為一排呈波浪形的住宅建築,其中外牆的波浪線條及中間通空的通風洞設計,分別都能夠與前方的海灣及後方的山景綠林產生關係。

「其實建築師在社會上扮演了一個很重要的角色,因為你所興建的建築項目,不會像室內裝修般於三至五年內就會被清拆更換;相反,一件你親手興建而成的作品,最少在五十年內存在於一個社會上,甚至是留芳百世,所以一件好作品,可以讓市民在視覺上享受,否則在視覺上卻會造成污染。」何周禮說。

知音難求

他認為,在現行的建築物條例及發展商的取態下,本港能夠在未來興建如淺水灣影灣園的分層住宅的機會不大,並且慨嘆縱使這裏擁有一群富創意的建築師,但卻難求懂得欣嘗建築的伯樂知音。

「這句說話我常常都掛在口邊,香港擁有很多有才幹的建築師,但最大的問題是他們能夠發揮的機會及空間。我常打趣說道,現在本港建築師不需要爭分奪秒地尋找新的建築項目,而最需要的是盡早尋覓好的顧客。我目前工作的心態是貴精不貴多,相信一件存在發揮空間的項目,遠勝十件沒有發揮餘地的項目。」何周禮說。

由零開始

何周禮早前便替客戶完成了一個座落於東半山睦誠徑的獨立屋項目。他表示,該項目原址為一片空地,「由零開始」為戶主度身訂做一所樓高三層的獨立屋。另外,他亦希望令該獨立屋能夠在周遭高樓大廈的環境中樹木獨有特色之餘,亦同時確保單位的私隱度。

「獨立屋的現場位置被附近的高十多倍的住宅包圍,私隱度可謂相當低,我常打趣說,這裏完全唔適合名人居住。有見及此,我特別把獨立屋設計成一個自成一角的空間,其中我們花了很多心思在園林的布置上,營造一種世外桃園的氣氛。」  該獨立屋建築面積約三千五百方呎,而獨立屋外圍以石牆包圍,與鄰近的屋苑形成明顯的界線。何周禮為了增加室內室外之間的空間聯繫,所以採用了大量的玻璃,無可避免地讓鄰近的高層單位,能夠輕易地觀看到屋內的活動。有見及此,何周禮便在獨立屋與圍牆之間預留空間,在此種植了高身的竹,遮擋從高處望下的視線,至於室內則以簡單的黑、白及灰色為設計。

「香港人毫不著重住宅的建築設計,只關心室內的豪華裝修用料,所以為何現在本港的發展商仍然願意花上大額的資金在搭建示範單位的工程上,為的只是引起買家對未來屋住環境的憧憬,但卻毫不注重建築對生活質素的重要性。我敢說,沒有多少香港人能夠說得出,自己居所外牆究竟有多少種顏色。」何周禮慨嘆。
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