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Old January 31st, 2006, 11:48 AM   #1
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Urban Grit Thread !

There seems to have been a bit of revival lately in the forums about strange, monolithic gritty old concrete buildings, commies, ghettos and such stuff ... I'd thought I'd start a thread dedicated to it !

Anyway I'll start this thread off with my little contribution from S'pore ... the photos I took of the Golden Mile Complexm though not gritty by a long shot (or HK's standards !) still quite interesting because of the unusal architecture !













Next, the pearl bank, a unique commie, this is a repost of some of the pics I've uploaded before in the commie thread, for the benefit of those who have not seen it.







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Old January 31st, 2006, 11:56 AM   #2
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I won't be posting KWC or Chungking this time! But some illegal facades in HK

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Old February 1st, 2006, 12:13 AM   #3
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nice pics, but too small !
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Old February 1st, 2006, 11:14 AM   #4
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Another one,

An HK tenement!

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Old February 1st, 2006, 04:37 PM   #5
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Two buildings that might be mistaken for slums here

Golden Mile Complex






Golden Mile Complex is a shopping-cum-apartment complex at Beach Road and was by the sea I believe, for at least a short while before land reclamation took it away.

It's 17 storeys tall and is sloped. Every apartment unit had a balcony at the rear, which gave everyone a great view of the sea. Every unit would feel as if living in the top floor penthouse as it gave everyone a clear view of the sky.

But, since it was built in the early 1970s, apartment owners begun to add to their balcony, erecting sunshades and creating rooms. These individual ad-hoc additions in dull colours made the rear of the whole building look like slums on a slope.

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A Brutalist styled 'open cylinder' 1970s condominium block built on the slopes of Pearl's Hill.

It's external facade is in bare concrete, never painted, with a mosiac of indentations and windows.


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Old February 1st, 2006, 04:43 PM   #6
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Old February 1st, 2006, 04:57 PM   #7
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How tall is it?
173m / 567ft and is the tallest residential building in Africa.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 07:03 AM   #9
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Old February 4th, 2006, 09:40 AM   #10
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Where's the grit in this picture? That's a beautiful old bank building, and it appears to be in decent shape, unless the photo doesn't reveal everything.
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Toronto's grit ain't that bad! Reminds me of Pittsburgh
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