Towards “Sustainable Revitalisation”

Adapting Industrial Buildings for Reuse

書評 :活現築蹟- 工廈活化新生

Thomas Chung 鍾宏亮

Tradition …involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence, …This Historical Sense, which is a sense of the timeless as well as of the temporal …(it is) what makes a writer most acutely conscious of his place in time, of his contemporaneity.

T.S. Eliot¹

For Hong Kong’s 1,400 multi-storey industrial buildings, conservation is more than upgrading their physical fabric. For the post-war generation, it also recalls memories that nurtured the city’s growth and the appreciation of the spirit embedded within these structures. Rehabilitating such factories also enriches the continuity of next generation’s growth. This edited book investigates adaptive reuse as a modern conservation practice. Through analysing concepts, contexts and case studies local and overseas, this publication examines how this practice evolves in Hong Kong and its implications.

Chapter 1 traces the emergence of adaptive reuse vis-à-vis shifting concepts of heritage conservation. It goes on to review current adaptive reuse mechanisms in Hong Kong and reflects on the prospect for industrial reuse.

Chapter 2 explores three approaches to adaptive reuse in detail, namely integration, complementarity and association. Examining related discourses of architectural production, heritage conservation and urban development, the chapter reinforces the importance of creative approaches for maintaining heritage values while supporting future development.

Chapter 3 focuses on four overseas cases of adaptive reuse using the interpretive framework of multiple heritage values: historic, aesthetic/architectural, group and social. It also appraises the specific adaptive works, its public engagement, challenges faced and solutions developed during the adaptation process.

Chapter 4 then analyses Hong Kong adaptive reuse cases and reflect on the lessons learnt: Lui Seng Chun for community services; the Blue House Cluster for the consolidation of community network; 7 Mallory Street value-adding for creative industry; and the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) for reanimation of economic production.

Chapter 5 asks how to adaptively reuse Hong Kong style factory buildings? Tracing the evolution of factories for light industries, it proposes eight essential aspects for successful adaptive reuse.

Chapter 6 uses the Luen Tai Industries Building to showcase the process and challenges of its long-haul transformation into a Ginza-style shopping mall, life@KCC.

Chapter 7 concludes by recommending key steps to plan for the sustainable revitalisation of industrial buildings, from considerations of regulatory and technical requirements to professional input and policy updates. In sum, this book offers a valuable bridging of theory and practice as well as workable examples of adapting industrial buidings for sustainable reuse.

Thomas Chung is associate professor at the School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

¹ Quoted in Chapter 1, p.26. Elliot, T. S. (1920) “Tradition and Individual Talent”, The Sacred Wood. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Sustainable Revitalisation: Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Buildings. Edited by Tris Kee.
The Commercial Press (HK) Ltd., May 2019. ISBN: 978 962 07 6558 2