The H-shaped blocks of Wong Tai Sin Resettlement Estate (middle) are clearly seen in this undated aerial image. The road in the foreground is Choi Hung Road, while the Lo Fu Ngam (Lok Fu) Resettlement Estate (rear, left) and the Wang Tau Hom Resettlement Estate (rear, middle) can also be seen.

How Hong Kong developed unique design for social housing – seeds were sown in a prisoner-of-war camp

  • Architect Rosman Wai scoured the archives and spoke to a former Hong Kong government chief architect about the origins of the city’s first public housing blocks
  • Their design, a hybrid of Hong Kong tenements and post-war British social housing, arose in part from architects’ conversations in a World War II POW camp
Topic |   Architecture and design
The H-shaped blocks of Wong Tai Sin Resettlement Estate (middle) are clearly seen in this undated aerial image. The road in the foreground is Choi Hung Road, while the Lo Fu Ngam (Lok Fu) Resettlement Estate (rear, left) and the Wang Tau Hom Resettlement Estate (rear, middle) can also be seen.
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