In stark contrast to rural living, dwelling in the heart of a city involves constant encounters of a city’s intricate layers. How does one convert a spent building, standing in the midst of some of the most interesting monuments in the historic Wanchai, into a modern comfort home for many while asserting itself a respectful member of the evolving neighborhood?
The remaking of the tenement building into The Archive not only promises a comfort home with modern amenities, but also attempts to transcend the mere physical into a space sprinkled with vibrant happenings that is the essence of urban living. Tenants and visitors alike, can contemplate the local history in the Wanchai Visual Archive while sipping a coffee, or discuss the local aesthetics re-interpreted into the building while admiring an artwork in the Gallery.
This co-existence of the old and the new once again reinforces the Hong Kong spirit of constant reinventions. The ubiquitous tenement building, once a collection of separate living quarters, has been given a new life as a collective hub of rigorous sharing of ideas, lifestyles, and culture.