Christopher DeWolf

Christopher DeWolf

Christopher Dewolf writes about urbanism, architecture and design – along with beer and other delicious beverages

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A retired couple return to Hong Kong to create their dream home after 20 years in Britain

By filling their flat with treasures old and new, a designer helped a retired couple, who had spent the past two decades away, ease into their new life.

29 Jan 2020 - 2:58PM

By filling their flat with treasures old and new, a designer helped a retired couple, who had spent the past two decades away, ease into their new life.

A retired couple return to Hong Kong to create their dream home after 20 years in Britain
How a Brazilian expat made her family’s Hong Kong flat feel like home

Yoga teacher Leila Fronza Quites was reminded of her homeland by the natural light in her Discovery Bay apartment. The decor reinforces that feeling.

8 Jan 2020 - 10:27AM

Yoga teacher Leila Fronza Quites was reminded of her homeland by the natural light in her Discovery Bay apartment. The decor reinforces that feeling.

How a Brazilian expat made her family’s Hong Kong flat feel like home
Humble post-war buildings reinvented as modern apartment blocks in Hong Kong - it’s a bit like playing Tetris, architect says of the challenge

Humble post-war Hong Kong tenement buildings, or tong lau, are getting a new lease of life as big developers seize on their potential. Architects talk about the challenges and rewards of revamping the hastily built utilitarian blocks.

5 Jan 2020 - 8:06PM

Humble post-war Hong Kong tenement buildings, or tong lau, are getting a new lease of life as big developers seize on their potential. Architects talk about the challenges and rewards of revamping the hastily built utilitarian blocks.

Humble post-war buildings reinvented as modern apartment blocks in Hong Kong - it’s a bit like playing Tetris, architect says of the  challenge
Private member clubs in Hong Kong: social injustice or social leveller? The tide of history may be running against them

Private clubs have been part of Hong Kong’s social fabric since its earliest days as a British colony, as places to meet and deal. Today the future of many is in doubt – accused of elitism, their facilities underused, their membership ageing.

29 Dec 2019 - 5:54PM

Private clubs have been part of Hong Kong’s social fabric since its earliest days as a British colony, as places to meet and deal. Today the future of many is in doubt – accused of elitism, their facilities underused, their membership ageing.

Private member clubs in Hong Kong: social injustice or social leveller? The tide of history may be running against them
A Hong Kong home gets a masculine makeover to recall a gentlemen’s club

Designer Enoch Hui’s client asked him to transform an apartment above his Kowloon unit into an upscale party pad.

18 Dec 2019 - 1:52PM

Designer Enoch Hui’s client asked him to transform an apartment above his Kowloon unit into an upscale party pad.

A Hong Kong home gets a masculine makeover to recall a gentlemen’s club
The breweries making beers to go with Chinese food in Hong Kong, and how beer pairings with food work

Some beers cut through the taste of intense dishes, others complement food, and still others contrast with what’s on the plate. Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong are working with craft breweries on beers to accompany specific dishes.

18 Dec 2019 - 11:23AM

Some beers cut through the taste of intense dishes, others complement food, and still others contrast with what’s on the plate. Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong are working with craft breweries on beers to accompany specific dishes.

The breweries making beers to go with Chinese food in Hong Kong, and how beer pairings with food work
Hong Kong neighbourhood where spark for 1967 riots was lit, San Po Kong wears its history lightly

The industrial Hong Kong neighbourhood where the spark for the 1967 riots was lit, San Po Kong wears its history lightly. Now a creative hotbed, it’s had a part to play in this year’s protests in the city – a peaceful one.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:05AM

The industrial Hong Kong neighbourhood where the spark for the 1967 riots was lit, San Po Kong wears its history lightly. Now a creative hotbed, it’s had a part to play in this year’s protests in the city – a peaceful one.

Hong Kong neighbourhood where spark for 1967 riots was lit, San Po Kong wears its history lightly
Architect’s space-saving design for family’s Hong Kong apartment hides cupboards, drawers, even the kitchen pantry

Architect’s space-saving design for family’s apartment in Kam Tin, Hong Kong, conceals cupboards, drawers, and even the kitchen pantry.

21 Nov 2019 - 7:24AM

Architect’s space-saving design for family’s apartment in Kam Tin, Hong Kong, conceals cupboards, drawers, and even the kitchen pantry.

Architect’s space-saving design for family’s Hong Kong apartment hides cupboards, drawers, even the kitchen pantry
What to do on Hong Kong’s outlying islands – hiking, camping, seafood – a great stress relief

Hong Kong has 263 islands and many of them can be easily visited via boat from the Central ferry piers. Enjoy Lamma’s seafood restaurants and pubs, Po Toi’s hiking trails, the rugged beauty of Ping Chau and lots more.

22 Oct 2019 - 9:30AM

Hong Kong has 263 islands and many of them can be easily visited via boat from the Central ferry piers. Enjoy Lamma’s seafood restaurants and pubs, Po Toi’s hiking trails, the rugged beauty of Ping Chau and lots more.

What to do on Hong Kong’s outlying islands – hiking, camping, seafood – a great stress relief
Hong Kong’s top Instagram spots: from Monster Building to Choi Hung Estate – inside the city’s picture perfect obsession

While the search for the perfect Hong Kong Instagram shot can shed light on once neglected areas, it can also take a turn for the absurd.

2 Oct 2019 - 10:36AM

While the search for the perfect Hong Kong Instagram shot can shed light on once neglected areas, it can also take a turn for the absurd.

Hong Kong’s top Instagram spots: from Monster Building to Choi Hung Estate – inside the city’s picture perfect obsession
How Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan beaches are returning to former glory as water quality improves

Before the 1980s, people from across Kowloon flocked to Tsuen Wan’s seven beaches for their spectacular views before worsening water quality forced visitors to find cleaner spots. Now the beaches are returning to their former glory.

13 Aug 2019 - 7:24PM

Before the 1980s, people from across Kowloon flocked to Tsuen Wan’s seven beaches for their spectacular views before worsening water quality forced visitors to find cleaner spots. Now the beaches are returning to their former glory.

How Hong Kong’s Tsuen Wan beaches are returning to former glory as water quality improves
King’s Park, Hong Kong memories: of soccer, tennis, hockey, rugby and cricket, private clubs, and a few public spaces

One of Kowloon’s ‘green lungs’, King’s Park is a mix of sports pitches, private clubs, and bits of public park; its tenants include the People’s Liberation Army. Not so long ago it was a place where children grew up and ran wild.

3 Aug 2019 - 8:30PM

One of Kowloon’s ‘green lungs’, King’s Park is a mix of sports pitches, private clubs, and bits of public park; its tenants include the People’s Liberation Army. Not so long ago it was a place where children grew up and ran wild.

King’s Park, Hong Kong memories: of soccer, tennis, hockey, rugby and cricket, private clubs, and a few public spaces
Places for the people: King George V parks a Hong Kong legacy full of colour – and worth a detour to visit

The King George V Memorial Parks in Jordan and Sai Ying Pun provide a welcome splash of greenery in two dense urban areas that have too few of them; with historic walls and buildings, they offer an oasis of calm and are worth a detour to visit.

26 Jun 2019 - 12:15PM

The King George V Memorial Parks in Jordan and Sai Ying Pun provide a welcome splash of greenery in two dense urban areas that have too few of them; with historic walls and buildings, they offer an oasis of calm and are worth a detour to visit.

Places for the people: King George V parks a Hong Kong legacy full of colour – and worth a detour to visit
Hotel design for millennials: in Hong Kong, common areas reimagined for locals and visitors alike

Hotels such as St. Regis and Eaton HK are rethinking the concept of common areas, with a nod to Hong Kong’s past and a firm eye on the future. Specialist coffee shops, co-working spaces, artist studios and galleries have replaced typical glossy lobby areas.

25 Jun 2019 - 9:15PM

Hotels such as St. Regis and Eaton HK are rethinking the concept of common areas, with a nod to Hong Kong’s past and a firm eye on the future. Specialist coffee shops, co-working spaces, artist studios and galleries have replaced typical glossy lobby areas.

Hotel design for millennials: in Hong Kong, common areas reimagined for locals and visitors alike
Hong Kong nightlife destination with a village feel, Tai Kok Tsui is a down-home mix of old and new

First developed by Eurasian businessman Sir Robert Hotung, Tai Kok Tsui in Kowloon has been changed repeatedly by reclamation and redevelopment; its latest incarnation is as a nightlife destination, but it’s retained a village feel.

28 May 2019 - 8:00PM

First developed by Eurasian businessman Sir Robert Hotung, Tai Kok Tsui in Kowloon has been changed repeatedly by reclamation and redevelopment; its latest incarnation is as a nightlife destination, but it’s retained a village feel.

Hong Kong nightlife destination with a village feel, Tai Kok Tsui is a down-home mix of old and new
On Hong Kong’s ‘other’ Canton Road, cafes, markets and jade sellers still flourish – but for how much longer?

Going north from Jordan Road through the lively neighbourhoods of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, this is the unglamorous part of glitzy Canton Road. But what it lacks in sophistication it more than makes up for in character.

1 May 2019 - 7:15AM

Going north from Jordan Road through the lively neighbourhoods of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, this is the unglamorous part of glitzy Canton Road. But what it lacks in sophistication it more than makes up for in character.

On Hong Kong’s ‘other’ Canton Road, cafes, markets and jade sellers still flourish – but for how much longer?
The upcycling, zero waste firm eliminating waste from the design world

Miniwiz’s portable, solar-powered reprocessing machines take consumer waste and turns it into construction tiles; it is one of a number of the firm’s showcase projects that highlight what recovered waste materials can really do.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:10AM

Miniwiz’s portable, solar-powered reprocessing machines take consumer waste and turns it into construction tiles; it is one of a number of the firm’s showcase projects that highlight what recovered waste materials can really do.

The upcycling, zero waste firm eliminating waste from the design world
Corner of Macau rich in Portuguese colonial history undergoes revival as new restaurants, art spaces open

The narrow streets of Taipa Village, a historical enclave of Portuguese colonial architecture, have seen a new generation of cafes, restaurants and cultural spaces open, infusing the old settlement with fresh energy.

20 Mar 2019 - 11:24AM

The narrow streets of Taipa Village, a historical enclave of Portuguese colonial architecture, have seen a new generation of cafes, restaurants and cultural spaces open, infusing the old settlement with fresh energy.

Corner of Macau rich in Portuguese colonial history undergoes revival as new restaurants, art spaces open
When it comes to wines, here’s why Hong Kong ranks among the strongest places in the world

The city’s top eateries have increasingly sophisticated and rare wine lists, and are offering oenophiles bold new food pairings

16 Mar 2019 - 2:00AM

The city’s top eateries have increasingly sophisticated and rare wine lists, and are offering oenophiles bold new food pairings

When it comes to wines, here’s why Hong Kong ranks among the strongest places in the world
Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour: the new spaces re-energising city’s most spectacular natural asset

From refurbished Salisbury Garden to West Kowloon to the revamped Avenue of Stars, new life is being breathed into Hong Kong’s harbourfront, mixing with the buskers, fishermen and takeaway stalls that have been around for years.

4 Mar 2019 - 7:42PM

From refurbished Salisbury Garden to West Kowloon to the revamped Avenue of Stars, new life is being breathed into Hong Kong’s harbourfront, mixing with the buskers, fishermen and takeaway stalls that have been around for years.

Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour: the new spaces re-energising  city’s most spectacular natural asset
‘ I remember rubbish bins filled with human heads’: Hong Kong park’s grim wartime past

The park in Tsim Sha Tsui sits on the site of a military barracks, and the green space hides a past that included atrocities under Japanese occupation; an underrated destination, it has a range of amentiies and some majestic trees.

21 Feb 2019 - 10:39AM

The park in Tsim Sha Tsui sits on the site of a military barracks, and the green space hides a past that included atrocities under Japanese occupation; an underrated destination, it has a range of amentiies and some majestic trees.

‘ I remember rubbish bins filled with human heads’:  Hong Kong park’s grim wartime past
Hong Kong’s seat of power, Statue Square – its colonial history, symbolism, and how domestic helpers made it their own

Built on reclaimed land at the turn of the 20th century, Statue Square met the need for a public place in which to bask in the glory of empire; long a magnet for political rallies, today the square is a gathering place for domestic helpers.

3 Feb 2019 - 7:03PM

Built on reclaimed land at the turn of the 20th century, Statue Square met the need for a public place in which to bask in the glory of empire; long a magnet for political rallies, today the square is a gathering place for domestic helpers.

Hong Kong’s seat of power, Statue Square – its colonial history, symbolism, and how domestic helpers made it their own
Rethinking skyscrapers: the architects creating ‘neighbourhoods in the sky’

Densely packed high-rises are the most space-efficient way to house people, but they have also been accused of creating anonymous, atomised cities. Some architects are trying to change this

14 Jan 2019 - 6:48PM

Densely packed high-rises are the most space-efficient way to house people, but they have also been accused of creating anonymous, atomised cities. Some architects are trying to change this

Rethinking skyscrapers: the architects creating ‘neighbourhoods in the sky’
How one of Hong Kong's most powerful families built a suburban oasis in the heart of Kowloon

A stone’s throw from the densely populated centre of urban Kowloon, leafy, low-rise Kadoorie Hill looks like a place from another world – and that’s just how the wealthy family that owns the neighbourhood wants to keep it.

3 Jan 2019 - 1:44PM

A stone’s throw from the densely populated centre of urban Kowloon, leafy, low-rise Kadoorie Hill looks like a place from another world – and that’s just how the wealthy family that owns the neighbourhood wants to keep it.

How one of Hong Kong's most powerful families built a suburban oasis in the heart of Kowloon
How does a Boozy Rudolph or a Merry Mary sound to get you in the spirit of Christmas?

Whether it’s beer, wine or bubbly, eggnog, a Flying Hong Kong or a Vet’s Antidote, bars are concocting exotic drinks old and new to go down a seasonal treat

22 Dec 2018 - 5:03PM

Whether it’s beer, wine or bubbly, eggnog, a Flying Hong Kong or a Vet’s Antidote, bars are concocting exotic drinks old and new to go down a seasonal treat

How does a Boozy Rudolph or a Merry Mary sound to get you in the spirit of Christmas?
How Darkie, now Darlie, became East Asia’s favourite toothpaste despite its blackface branding

Taking its branding from the image of performers such as Al Jolson, Darkie was launched in the 1930s, a time when racial discrimination was rife. The name was changed to Darlie in 1989 to reflect public opinion in the West.

10 Dec 2018 - 1:31AM

Taking its branding from the image of performers such as Al Jolson, Darkie was launched in the 1930s, a time when racial discrimination was rife. The name was changed to Darlie in 1989 to reflect public opinion in the West.

How Darkie, now Darlie, became East Asia’s favourite toothpaste despite its blackface branding
Human-centred design, from New York’s High Line to a Danish hospital, in focus

Business of Design Week in Hong Kong devotes a day to discussion of culture-led design projects around the world, such as city’s Tai Kwun arts centre in former police station’s heritage buildings, with speakers including Ron Arad, Charles Renfro and Elaine Ng

28 Nov 2018 - 7:33PM

Business of Design Week in Hong Kong devotes a day to discussion of culture-led design projects around the world, such as city’s Tai Kwun arts centre in former police station’s heritage buildings, with speakers including Ron Arad, Charles Renfro and Elaine Ng

Human-centred design, from New York’s High Line to a Danish hospital, in focus
From rich men’s mansions to affluent middle class suburb: Hong Kong’s Mid-Levels

Notoriously overdeveloped and at times jammed with traffic, middle-class Mid-Levels, midway between The Peak and busy Central and Wan Chai, is rich in history and hidden gems – it may just be the city’s quintessential neighbourhood.

27 Nov 2018 - 5:53PM

Notoriously overdeveloped and at times jammed with traffic, middle-class Mid-Levels, midway between The Peak and busy Central and Wan Chai, is rich in history and hidden gems – it may just be the city’s quintessential neighbourhood.

From rich men’s mansions to affluent middle class suburb: Hong Kong’s Mid-Levels
Kowloon Tong history: Hong Kong’s original garden city and its unusual path

Hong Kong’s original garden city, Kowloon Tong started out as a middle-class Eurasian enclave surrounded by shanty towns.

6 Nov 2018 - 7:37PM

Hong Kong’s original garden city, Kowloon Tong started out as a middle-class Eurasian enclave surrounded by shanty towns.

Kowloon Tong history: Hong Kong’s original garden city and its unusual path
Explore Toronto: the surprising food, nature and art of Canada’s largest city

It lacks the obvious appeal of some other cities, but beneath the surface is a place that’s constantly being reshaped by immigration, with all the cultural and culinary riches that brings, and where nature is ever-present.

25 Sep 2018 - 6:26PM

It lacks the obvious appeal of some other cities, but beneath the surface is a place that’s constantly being reshaped by immigration, with all the cultural and culinary riches that brings, and where nature is ever-present.

Explore Toronto: the surprising food, nature and art of Canada’s largest city