Friday, 25 January 2013

Picture of the Day: Central's Future Art Hub

The former Married Police Quarters are run down but retain architectural value
I had dinner tonight on Wyndham Street and directly across is the former Central Police Station and Married Police Quarters.

They were vacated when the station was decommissioned in 2006 and finally it was decided the compound would turn into some kind of arts hub.

We are pleased to see there is some kind of action happening on the premises, as scaffolding has gone up around one of the buildings, while there are stacks of barricades ready to be set up.

The government has given the property to the charity arm of The Jockey Club to develop and it has hired Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the same one that designed Beijing's Bird's Nest, to redevelop the area into a combination of public, art and commercial spaces. We hope they will retain the colonial charm of these buildings as a homage to their origins.

The former Central Police Station is covered in scaffolding
There are also concerns about how the area will be managed and what kind of arts programming will be in place.

Nevertheless, we are just pleased there is some kind of movement in the property and hopefully things will move forward. With Hong Kong established as an arts capital with top auction houses selling high-end art here, surely the city should have a venue to showcase its own local talent too.

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