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Central Aberdeen Street

China > Hong Kong > Central Aberdeen Street

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SITE SPECIFICATIONS
Site Coverage  
Parking Ratio
income group Mixed
Range Heights 5-30
 
basic project statistics
gross building area 146023
units 1308
population 5232
site area 21854 sq. m
coverage 59.00
parking 0
   
demographics
seniors 0
families w/ children 0
singles/couples 0
other 0
Central District in Hong Kong typically gives people the impression of a prosperous financial district, with high rise building, busy traffic and human movements everywhere. But when people walk into the old city areas in Central, such as Graham Street, Staunton Street, Tai Ping Shan Street, one can find a hundred-year-old traditional street temple, local food market and the most preserved unique terrace in Hong Kong.

The block in this study is located in the upper part of Central and bounded by Aberdeen Street, Caine Road, Ladder Street and Bridges Street. It contains Wing Lee Street, with a row of post World War Two typical buildings facing onto a shared open terrace. With the development of the Central Business District starting from the 1970s, many new high rises were built in Central Business District. Many developers also took the opportunity to expand the development into the old districts. The first high-rise tower approved for construction in Shing Wong Street area was a simple slender twenty residential buildings at 141-145 Caine Road (1970). The later towers contained more amenities,- Albron Court (1978-85) included a car park, a swimming pool and a playground for its residents. The facilities increased the size of the podium, and transformed the adjacent public stairs and terraces into narrow canyons. The stepped profile of the thirty-storey Albron Court was the result in compliance with a buildings regulation (16 Cap 123 F) that controlled the building height in relation to street width. This regulation repealed in 1987 made way for the building of taller towers. Grandview Garden on 14-36 Bridges Street, approved in 1993, created a twenty-eight storey high wall. Its swimming pool is placed below the tower to maximize use of the narrow site.
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References:
Thomas Chung, Hendrik Tieben, Woo Pui Leng and Yuet Tsang Chi, "Urban Transformation of Central District, as a place of living", Department of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong KOng, 2009.
centadata,http://www.centadata.com. accessed on 3 Jan, 2010.