More glass falls from luxury high-rises

Scaffolding surrounds the Soho38 window. Photo: Nora Tam

Panes of glass from two more luxury high-rise blocks have fallen off, with one crashing down onto the alfresco dining area of a SoHo restaurant, injuring one of its staff.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 6:27am

Glass pioneers bid to increase use of recycled materials

A green office in Central. Photo: Courtesy of Liquid Interiors

The government wants us to recycle glass - an admirable green initiative, given that the 13 tonnes of waste glass drink bottles currently collected every day in Hong Kong accounts for less than 10 per cent of the total thrown away.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Government must start glass recycling

Campaigners collect glass in Wan Chai. Photo: SMP

I read an article regarding glass recycling in Hong Kong and it really blew my mind. It said only 3 per cent of glass bottles were recycled and that the government doesn't pay attention to this problem, refusing subsidies for glass recycling volunteers.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am

Letters to the Editor, November 9, 2012

Plight of Rohingya Muslims cannot be ignored. Photo: AFP

Turn this tide of gambling addiction

More casinos are opening up in Macau. It has evolved over a few decades from being a small colonial city to a major centre of gambling.

The main reason these casinos have decided to launch operations there is because they want to benefit from China having the world's second largest economy.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:13am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 6, 2012

Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai will be sorely missed. Photo: Sam Tsang

Aim to answer 999 calls in nine seconds

I refer to G. Marques' letter ("Delays on 999 call line were unacceptable", October 30), expressing concern about the delays in handling 999 emergency calls.

The Hong Kong police undertake to provide a timely and efficient service for 999 callers 24 hours round the clock.

6 Nov 2012 - 2:25am

Letters to the Editor, November 1, 2012

Hakka village is important heritage site

Hongkongers see their trips to the countryside during holidays and at weekends as an opportunity to enjoy greenery and breathe fresh air.

One of their favourite haunts is Sai Kung, and the village of Pak Sha O has a rich ecological and cultural heritage.

1 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Look at real nature of glass problem

Glass fell from The Arch, in West Kowloon. Photo: Felix Wong

With regard to the recent reports about glass falling out [of buildings in Hong Kong], there appears to be a lot of debate without properly establishing the nature of the problem.

31 Oct 2012 - 2:41am

Improve Hong Kong's glass safety testing

Experts say impurities in the manufacturing process may cause the glass panes to break in a few years.  Photo: Dickson Lee

High-rise luxury housing blocks are so common in Hong Kong that the safety of their installations has been taken for granted. Their sleek design and sky-high prices are often assumed to be a guarantee of high-quality workmanship and good management. Sadly, this is not always the case. The low standards imposed by the building authorities have apparently added to the problems.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:04am

Toronto's skyscrapers 'death trap for birds'

A bird navigates between two high-rise buildings in the financial district of Toronto. Photo: The New York Times

In the shadow of the massive black towers of a bank's downtown headquarters was an almost indistinguishable puff of dark gray fluff on the sidewalk.

It was the body of a golden-crowned kinglet, an unlucky one, that had crashed into the iconic Toronto-Dominion Centre building somewhere above.

29 Oct 2012 - 3:55am

Sun Hung Kai to replace Arch windows after breakages

The Arch, where nearly 60 glass panels have shattered or fallen out since 2008 and more than 1,000 will be replaced. Photo: Felix Wong

Developer Sun Hung Kai Properties will spend tens of millions of dollars replacing tempered-glass windows in more than 1,000 flats at its luxury estate The Arch. Nearly 60 glass panels have shattered or fallen out there since 2008.

24 Oct 2012 - 7:07am

Larvotto, The Arch residents unhappy with response to window falls

A white cover masks a broken window at The Arch in West Kowloon. Residents fear the breakages will reduce the value of their flats. Photo: Felix Wong

Residents living in fear of breaking windows in two luxury high-rise apartment complexes say the Buildings Department and developers have ignored their concerns about safety and depreciating property values.

24 Oct 2012 - 5:38am

Glass needs stringent testing to prevent it falling from buildings

Cracked glass was caused by an impurity. Photo: Yu Wai-kin

Glass panels that have fallen from the walls of two luxury estates have been diagnosed with "glass cancer", which is caused by an impurity common in tempered glass and which can be prevented only by stringent quality control.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

Residents of luxury Hong Kong high-rise terrified by falling panes of glass

A domestic helper checks the security of a window's fitting at a flat in the Larvotto complex, in Ap Lei Chau. Photo: Dickson Lee

Residents in a luxury complex in Ap Lei Chau have threatened to withhold their rental payments in protest at two incidents within a week in which window panes fell from the building.

10 Oct 2012 - 5:46pm

Etchings of their imagination

Six junior reporters stretched their imagination for an art challenge at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei.

With the help of arts-and-craft expert Kiwi Liu Ka-yee, they etched the most creative glass cup they could. Check out the results of their creativity.


Step 1: Draw your design on a piece of paper with a pencil.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Unveiled: how to add space with glass

Many Hongkongers harbour secret fantasies of breaking down the walls of their homes, welcoming light and a sense of freedom into their lives. Far from being poetic, this desire to live without boundaries is a pragmatic solution to cramped urban living.

Blurring the divide between living spaces is the core principle behind transparent boundaries.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am