Wan Chai Lee Tung Street

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Site Coverage  
Parking Ratio
income group Low
Range Heights 5
basic project statistics
gross building area 9485
units 145
population 580
site area 2336 sq. m
coverage 77.00
parking 0
seniors 0
families w/ children 0
singles/couples 0
other 0
Rowhouses were the first types built in Hong Kong and they still dominate some older districts. There are three subtypes: shophouses (1840-1880); Verandahs (1880-1940); and the 5-Story Cantilevered Box (1940-1956). The rowhouses in Lee Tung Street belong to 5-Story Cantilevered Box. These rowhouses were 3-5-stories tall, narrow and deep, fronted streets, and had shops on the ground floor with residences above. The long and deep interiors were accessed by a stair on one of the party walls. A hall ran their length connecting cubicles with common kitchen in the back. Bedspaces were squeezed in along the stair wall and in other leftover spaces. There were no toilets. Cubicles were 2x2.5m rooms that were rented by 3-6 people. They were separated by 2-m high wooden partitions and in most cases there was no window. To increase sleeping or storage space, cocklofts were usually built above cubicles. Privacy within cubicles was minimal and there was no acoustic privacy between cubicles. The shortage of housing meant Chinese residents had little choice but to squeeze into cubicles and bedspaces and to share a flat with up to 25 or 30 people at spatial standards of 1sqm/p.