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Old May 18th, 2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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HONG KONG | Blue House Revitalization

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"Blue House", situated at 72 Stone Nullah Lane in Wanchai, is a pre-war building with more than seventy years of history that shows architectural characteristics of both Chinese and Western styles. Many of the internal structures like purlin, staircase, railing are still preserved in their authentic wooden fabric. There are still residents living inside and some of them have to share the kitchen. Since there is no flushing toilet facility inside the building, it still needs the service of "Tao Ye Heung" (somebody helps to remove the excrement from the building every night)!

Where does the name of "Blue House" come from?

"Blue House" is a four-storey building, which is named from the brilliant blue colour painted on its external walls. When we come closer to the building, it is not difficult to recognize that not all the external walls are coloured in blue! It was said that the workers of the Lands Department only got blue paint during the period of repairing work, so it was used to renovate the external wall at the time.

Reconstruction or preservation?

Wanchai is one of the districts with the earliest development in Hong Kong. Uptill now, there are still many old buildings and streets which sustain the nostalgic atmosphere in the district. "Blue House" that has a history of about eighty years, can be regarded as a symbol for these historic buildings! Since Wanchai is one of the important sites for urban renewal, what will be the fate of Blue House when facing large-scale redevelopment plan? How to attain a balance between economic development and urban conservation is a big issue that deserves our deep thoughts.

In fact, demolition is not the only fate for buildings with historic significance. Take the Tate Modern Art Gallery as an example, it was transformed from a beer factory to the world largest Art Village. Maybe the adaptive reuse of the historic buildings is one solution for conserving them. By transforming the function of the building, not only its existence and value can be assured, but a new life will also be granted to it.

The fate of "Blue House"

"Blue House" in Wanchai sustains many collective memories of Hong Kong People, it is likely to be turned into a museum that illustrates the lives of Hong Kong people in the past. The St. James Association has already submitted a proposal on how to implement this idea. Under its proposal, "Blue House" will be served as a museum that displays more the 400 pieces of old objects donated by residents living in the district. All display can be regarded as the witnesses on the traditional culture, history and community development for the district. It is suggested that docents of the museum will be composed of residents in the community who will give an introduction on "Blue House", Pak Tai Temple, Mallory Street as well as other cultural spots in Wanchai to youngsters and tourists.

As time changes, old buildings still survive in every city. In some miserable cases, however, the buildings have to be demolished or left abandoned. While others that are lucky enough will be renovated or reconstructed into museums or venues for creation and performances. It is hoped that the "Blue House" can also be turned into a living history museum, which illustrates the perplexing past of Wanchai to the future young generations.

Our reflections

Our project was completed in a rush. We had had the ideas of taking Lee Tung Street or Sun Yat-Sen Historical Trail as the theme of our project at first, but we finally chose "Blue House" because of its special appearance.

Cultural heritage is not only our treasure, but also helps to remind us many memories of the society. It is sometimes regretful that we pass some historic buildings without noticing them. In fact, many buildings of great historic and cultural significance are around us, they all worth our efforts to explore. Although this is not a thorough study, we have learned a lot through the field trip and have recognized the importance of heritage conservation afterwards.

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Interior designers want higher safety standards for renovations
8 June 2009
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The Hong Kong Interior Design Association is calling for a professional register to standardize quality on safety and health.

The association said some interior designers failed to submit plans to the Buildings Department when making changes to interior partitions, such as designing open kitchens, or adding French windows to upper floor cafes.

Vice chairman (local affairs) Horace Pan Hung-bing is worried the government will not be able to monitor renovations as there are too many in the territory.

``It's not just business and beauty but public health and safety,'' he said. Pan also said Hong Kong is lagging behind many countries where there are qualification examinations for interior designers.

The association will conduct a comprehensive consultation on the examination mode for the industry at the end of this year and will start lobbying the government after that. Implementation is expected in 2012 at the earliest, Pan said.

Participating in the revitalization program for the Blue House, Pan hoped the project will set a good example for the interior design industry on standardized designs.

The three-story Blue House, built in 1920 and located at Stone Nullah Street in Wan Chai, has wooden floors and rafters and a narrow wooden staircase.

The design follows the Guangdong and Lingnan tong lau style.

St James' Settlement plans to revitalize the Blue House as a home cooking restaurant or culinary college.

The first proposal will be submitted this month.
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Wan Chai Blue House among next on list for revitalisation
18 February 2009
South China Morning Post

The second phase will include various-sized buildings to accommodate the needs of different non-governmental organisations, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said.

Among the five buildings involved, the Blue House in Wan Chai has drawn interest from the community. The four-storey building in Stone Nullah Lane was built in the 1920s as working-class housing. It was also the site of the first hospital in Wan Chai, in 1867.

Lawrence Lam Kwok-wai of St James' Settlement said his group would look for partnerships, and proposed turning the site into a complex of art studios and exhibition venues that showcased Wan Chai history.

A disused courthouse in Fanling is also on the list. The ungraded building, built around 1960, consists of the main building, two staff quarters, a store, an annex and a secretariat office.

The Development Bureau said the main building's facade, with high vertical windows and a double canopy, was a simplified version of neo-classical architecture.

The other two sites picked for revitalisation are stone houses in Hau Wong Temple New Village in Kowloon City and the Old House in Wong Uk Garden in Sha Tin.

The two-storey stone houses are the only Chinese cottage buildings in Hau Wong Temple New Village in Junction Road in Kowloon City. They were built on the site of "The Ho Family Garden" from 1941 to 1945, after the Japanese army demolished the family garden during their invasion.

Several film studios operated in the village in the 1950s. In the 1970s, some stone houses were used as industrial workshops, including one used by tombstone company Nam Yan Kee. Stone tablets inscribed with the shop's name can still be found in the village.

The Old House is the only surviving Hakka residence in Wong Uk Garden, Sha Tin. It is a declared monument built in 1911 during the Qing dynasty. It features a two-hall, one-courtyard plan with three bays. Most of the old village houses in the area have been demolished, and the Old House is the only remnant of Yuen Chau Kok.
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NGOs may get HK$2m more for historic sites
19 December 2007
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The government may raise the cap on a one-off grant to revitalise historic buildings from HK$3 million to HK$5 million in response to public opinion.

The money will be granted under a pilot scheme to help non-profit organisations maintain and operate the buildings. The government also suggested a specific tenancy of at least three to six years to minimise uncertainties encountered by organisations that reused the buildings.

The proposals were made after the government consulted NGOs on the scheme last month. The idea of collaborating with NGOs was initiated in the October policy address as part of a conservation policy to revitalise government-owned historic buildings that will cost HK$100 million in its first five years.

Nine buildings will be available for application in February, including Dragon Garden in Tsing Lung Tau and the Blue House in Wan Chai.

The government had originally planned to grant the NGOs up to HK$3 million for the first two years.

But some organisations voiced concerns that HK$3 million might not be sufficient for social enterprises operating in larger buildings, the Development Bureau said in a paper submitted to the Legislative Council.

Some were worried that the tenancy would not be long enough to make the operation viable, it said.

The bureau then proposed raising the financial ceiling per building to HK$5 million to cater for large, structurally complex premises. To allay worries, the tenancy would generally last three to six years. The bureau said longer tenancies could be negotiated for good reason.

The enterprises would also get technical guidance on maintaining and repairing historic buildings, the paper said, particularly on architectural features of significance such as mosaic tiles on an internal wall.

NGOs welcomed the government response yesterday but called for more flexibility in approving the funding and tenancy. "It will be even better if the funding can be extended for operations in the first three years," Iman Fok Tin-man of the Society for Community Organisation said.
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Blue House residents want say in revamp
Revitalisation project will for the first time keep its occupants as well as the structure

29 August 2009
South China Morning Post

Occupants of the historic Blue House cluster of buildings in Wan Chai want a say in selecting who will take over their properties.

The second phase of a heritage revitalisation scheme started taking applications from NGOs yesterday. Earlier this year six government-owned historic buildings were rented out as social enterprises.

The latest scheme covers the cluster and four other historic sites.

The Development Bureau has suggested the Blue House cluster in Stone Nullah Lane be an education or visitor centre, or recreation and welfare facility. The commissioner for heritage, Jack Chan Jick-chi, said it would be the first revitalisation project that kept its residents as well as the structure.

"The people are an important element of the history. We will require in the rental contract the NGO to charge a reasonable rent level to the tenants who stay," he said.

The successful NGO would initially have to freeze rents, Mr Chan said, but after operations had started adjustments could be made every two or three years according to the consumer price index. It would also have to arrange interim housing nearby.

Sixteen occupants of the Blue House cluster, in six flats and four shops, have opted to stay. They include a 40-year-old bone-setting shop. Rents range from HK$600 to HK$13,000 a month.

Eleven residents have still to decide whether to stay or move out. Others have received compensation and moved to public housing.

Mr Chan said residents would not vet applications, but the government had listened to their views during meetings and their needs would be considered by the vetting committee.

Lee Kwok-leung, who has lived in the Blue House for 35 years and is a member of the residents' liaison group, said while it was good news that rents would be frozen, residents wanted a say in vetting applications.

"We are concerned the project will become too commercialised. We definitely don't want the place to become an expensive restaurant like The Pawn," the 60-year-old said, referring to the former pawn shop in Johnston Road that was revitalised by the Urban Renewal Authority.

One idea is to set up an organic vegetable garden on the rooftop. Mr Lee said he would be happy to help out there and also share his stories of old Wan Chai with visitors.

Mr Lee said residents did not like the blue colour that had made the building famous because it reminded them of Chinese funerals. "We want a lighter blue."

The buildings have deteriorated and need strengthening. They were built in the 1920s and are typical of tenements that housed the lower class Chinese community in the early 20th century. The Blue House also accommodated an English school before the second world war.

St James' Settlement, the most active service organisation in the area, would make an application, said service-in-charge officer Lawrence Lam Kwok-wai. The buildings would continue to accommodate a folk gallery and a second-hand goods shop that the society is running. There might also be some small restaurants or shops, he said. "All in all we want the place to be a window to introduce tourists to Wan Chai."

His society would invite tenants to take part by sharing their anecdotes and serving as guides on Wan Chai history. The organisation is seeking partnerships with the business and arts community.

Mr Lam's proposal also involves keeping some vacated flats as exhibition rooms for visitors.

NGOs will have four months to prepare applications. Information will be provided to applicants detailing the structure of the building to cut down on the cost of hiring surveyors.
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Is there really a need to have a whole thread just for this single historical building?


It's nice, but well... Rather merge it with the general thread about HK heritage.
This gets confusing in here.
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Is there really a need to have a whole thread just for this single historical building?


It's nice, but well... Rather merge it with the general thread about HK heritage.
This gets confusing in here.
This is actually a key landmark preservation initiative in the Wan Chai area, and subject to much attention among the locals. It's actually a preservation of 3 buildings - the blue one is the most famous, while there is also an orange one nearby and the other I'm not sure the colour. Due to the local importance, I kept this separate from the historic preservation thread, which would be used for other less pronounce projects.
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This is actually a key landmark preservation initiative in the Wan Chai area, and subject to much attention among the locals. It's actually a preservation of 3 buildings - the blue one is the most famous, while there is also an orange one nearby and the other I'm not sure the colour. Due to the local importance, I kept this separate from the historic preservation thread, which would be used for other less pronounce projects.
The Blue colour was once used to distinct property ownership amongst the three buildings.

All three buildings used to be gray (natural colour of concrete).
When the government took over the ownership of the current blue house, it was painted in blue to identify it's an government buildings, where the other two privately owned were left as gray.

When the government took over the ownerships for the remainder two buildings, the government painted them in orange and green to beautify the two buildings.
The different colours has since then become just for better looking rather than the original ownership identification.
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Whatever. I just don't see any need for having an own thread for this.

If you want one in the HK forum, sure, but why here?
I suggest merging it with the historic preservation one.
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Whatever. I just don't see any need for having an own thread for this.

If you want one in the HK forum, sure, but why here?
I suggest merging it with the historic preservation one.
I think so.you are right

anyway,thanks for sharing.

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I don't agree all projects should be generically placed in a massive theme thread in the international section if it is a major project with unique characteristics that can sustain its own thread. In fact, this type of differentiation should be a major consideration for other project threads in this section already.

For example, would we have a land reclamation theme thread for Dubai and merge the Palm Jumeirah and The World threads into one, among others?

Would we also have a recreational facilities development thread for Busan, and not have individual project threads? I think it's far more useful to have an MGM thread separate from a Cinema Centre thread.

For smaller cities, do we ban multiple threads and force everything into 1 single city thread?

The key underlying rationale is usefulness of information and whether it can be more organized to convey a key message that is reflective of the local environment. Blue House is definitely a key project that is very different from the others, and the level of scrutiny here in Hong Kong is far higher than other similar projects because of it. As such, it deserves its own thread, while other less key projects can remain in a generic theme thread. This is an ongoing assessment, and at this time I do not see interest in this project waning to a point where it has to go back into the generic thread.

At this point I don't see any argument from anyone noting this thread needs to be consolidated through assessing what this project is about.
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I still think the HK Historic Preservation thread would do this building enough justice.
But let's drop it, I won't argue with you mate Keep the thread.


You're doing really good work around SSC informing about things going on and posting urban impressions
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I wonder how much the "Tao Ye Heung" dude get paid...
Interesting thread nonetheless as we know old buildings can get a demolition easily there...
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Developer's NGO in running to revitalise Wan Chai Blue House
23 September 2009
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An NGO set up by a developer may make a second foray into heritage revitalisation after enjoying success earlier this year.

Representatives of the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, established by Sino Land executive director Daryl Ng Win-kong, were among 26 NGOs who made a site visit to the Blue House in Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, yesterday.

It is one of five government-owned heritage sites that will be offered to NGOs to run as social enterprises on short leases. The first stage of the scheme offered seven sites.

Earlier this year the foundation won control of the old Tai O Police Station with its plan to turn it into a boutique hotel. This caused controversy, with critics saying the government was focused more on finance than a track record of social service. The foundation stressed it was administratively and financially independent of Sino Land.

This time, the foundation will compete with St James' Settlement, which is the most active organisation in the Blue House neighbourhood and has a team of social workers who keep in close contact with residents.

Lawrence Lam Kwok-wai, of St James, said they could only do their best with the application in the face of competition. His group proposes to keep the folk gallery and second-hand goods shop it already runs there, and add some small restaurants or shops. Residents would be invited to take part by sharing anecdotes and serving as tour guides.

Dr Lee Ho-yin, a member of the Antiquities Advisory Board and director of the University of Hong Kong's architectural conservation programme, said it did not matter which organisation took over the site as long as its plan did not commercialise it.

"The Blue House is different from the old Tai O Police Station. It was all right that the police station became a hotel as its social function was already lost," Lee said. "But in the Blue House, people are still living there. It may not be a good idea to put, say, a hotel, inside it."

The Development Bureau, which is overseeing the revitalisation scheme, has suggested the Blue, Yellow and Orange Houses be used as an education or visitor centre, or a recreation and welfare facility. The site will be the first heritage project with residents staying inside.

Sixteen occupants of the cluster, in six flats and four shops, have opted to stay. They include a 40-year-old bone-setting shop. Eleven residents have still to decide whether to stay or move out. Others have moved to public housing with compensation.

The successful NGO will have to freeze rents, which range from HK$600 to HK$13,000 a month, in the first few years. The balconies of the Blue House are formed by cantilevered concrete slabs and make an impressive facade. They are now banned in new buildings but will have to be preserved, together with the patterned floor tiles, wooden staircases, floor plates and doors.

Separately, Wong Tai Sin district councillors took turns to utter objections when meeting heritage officials yesterday about the downgrading of two historic structures - a stone house that used to be the home of actor Qiao Hong, and a second world war pillbox in Diamond Hill.

The structures are on a site that the MTR Corporation plans to cover with a railway depot and the government had indicated they would have to be relocated or removed to make way for the development.

Changing its plans to pass a motion, the council decided to write to the Antiquities and Monuments Office to voice its objections. Heritage Commissioner Jack Chan Jick-chi said he was aware the councillors had strong feelings about the items and would consider their views.
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Wan Chai trail steps back in time
28 September 2009
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A heritage route connecting various historic buildings in Wan Chai has been launched by the Urban Renewal Authority as part of a program to preserve them during the course of redevelopment.

Speaking at the launch ceremony yesterday, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the Wan Chai model will be extended to cover the rest of Hong Kong.

``Wan Chai's Heritage Trail'' takes in historic buildings from grades one through to three, such as the Blue House on Stone Nullah Lane, built early this century and which now hosts the Lam Chun Hin Osteopathy Clinic, the famous Green Houses in Mau Lo Street, Wan Chai Market and restored shophouses with verandahs on Johnston Road, known now for the restaurants which lay claim to the space.

The Cross Street/Tai Yuen Street Open Market and the Hung Shing Temple on Queen's Road East are now designated as must-see sights on the trail, both with strong roots in the district's history.

The heritage trail is part of a government- backed conservation project endorsed by Urban Renewal Authority chairman Barry Cheung Chun-yuen.

Visitors to the area will be able to find touch-screen computers at the various landmarks along the trail to view details and get information.

Cheung said the trail is part of the realization of the chief executive's 2007 policy address, which called for cultural preservation.

The project is still a work in progress as the authority continues to liaise with building owners in Wan Chai to renovate or restore their treasures.

Cheung said the cost of the project is not substantial.

The Development Bureau, Wan Chai District Council, Urban Renewal Authority, Wan Chai District Office, St James' Settlement and MTR Corp are all partners.

An Old Wan Chai Revitalisation Initiatives Special Committee was also established to specifically oversee the projects.

Wan Chai District Council vice chairman Stephen Ng Kam-chun said he hopes architectural peculiarities in the area will be preserved thanks to the trail.
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