Heritage Building Tour – Sham Shui Po: JCCAC x SCAD Hong Kong
Date(s) - 31/01/2015
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
30 Pak Tin Street,
When you step out the MTR station at Sham Shui Po, there is no sign of the modern architecture of Central Hong Kong. You could have stepped back into the 1950s with vendors cooking exotic fare right on the street before you and laundry drying on lines sticking out of every building.
As interesting as this neighborhood is for maintaining the old traditions of Hong Kong, it is also a haven for the arts and crafts. If you are an artist, you might already know something about what treasures can be found here. If you don’t know yet, some of the secrets are about to be revealed.
There are two exciting destinations to visit in Sham Shui Po: the Jockey Club Creative Arts Center (JCCAC) and the Hong Kong branch of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), both of which are housed in sensitively restored heritage buildings.
Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre – JCCAC
Built in 1977, the Jockey Club Creative Arts Center (JCCAC) is a nine story former factory building that now houses more than 100 artists’ studios. The building also has frequent events which the public is welcome to attend, when artworks are displayed throughout the centre. Every three months there is a Handcraft Art Fair, when tours of the building are also on offer, or you can just walk into the centre courtyard and enjoy the peace, the tranquility and the works of art on display.
If you’re feeling peckish, there are even two delightful eateries that are great places to relax and have lunch. One is the Heritage Tea House where you can have a traditional noodle dish in a quiet, charming tea room. The service is wonderful and the surroundings are both peaceful and traditional. Just across the hall is Café Golden which is a comfortable coffee house.
SCAD Hong Kong
Just a few blocks away from the JCCAC, the North Kowloon Magistracy Building was built in the 1960s and was renovated by SCAD in 2009. Palmer and Turner designed the original seven story building which functioned as Hong Kong’s busiest Magistrates Court until 2005 when it was closed. Many of the senior citizens from the local neighborhood still like to drop in and reminisce about the old days when the courthouse played a very active part in the community.
Today, SCAD students come from all over the world and the art and design programs on offer include advertising, animation, fashion and interior design, among others.
The building’s beautiful slate floors were so dark from years of pollution that no one knew they were there until the black soot was removed during the renovations. Banisters and other elements of the design have been similarly restored and the huge, steel, ceremonial entrance doors, although refurbished, are now kept closed so that street soot can no longer drift into the lobby.
One of the original courtrooms has been maintained very much as it was in the 1960s but is now used as a lecture hall. Step into this space and see what it was like to be on trial – with the original jail cell on the side of the courtroom still in place. Other cells are still intact but today function as offices for the staff.
* Space is limited to fifteen (15) attendees!
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