Architects and developers in Hong Kong are working to restore the city’s historic walk-up buildings, like the tong lau at 379 Queen's Road Central. Photo: PMDL Architects and developers in Hong Kong are working to restore the city’s historic walk-up buildings, like the tong lau at 379 Queen's Road Central. Photo: PMDL
Architects and developers in Hong Kong are working to restore the city’s historic walk-up buildings, like the tong lau at 379 Queen's Road Central. Photo: PMDL

Humble post-war buildings reinvented as modern apartment blocks in Hong Kong - it’s a bit like playing Tetris, architect says of the challenge

  • Walk-up buildings in Hong Kong have been turned into stylish apartments by big developers, giving new life to blocks that are everywhere in the urban landscape
  • Architects explain how they bring out the character of the buildings known as tong lau, whose style one likens to the minimalist modernism of Mies van der Rohe

Topic |   Architecture and design
Architects and developers in Hong Kong are working to restore the city’s historic walk-up buildings, like the tong lau at 379 Queen's Road Central. Photo: PMDL Architects and developers in Hong Kong are working to restore the city’s historic walk-up buildings, like the tong lau at 379 Queen's Road Central. Photo: PMDL
Architects and developers in Hong Kong are working to restore the city’s historic walk-up buildings, like the tong lau at 379 Queen's Road Central. Photo: PMDL
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