We noticed the Tung Fat building (which immediately catches the eye because of its pleasing shape) when we visited Kennedy Town’s waterfront in the Western District of Hong Kong Island this spring. Thanks to photographer Denice Hough we know now how it looked before Australian based design firm K.P.D.O. (Kerry Phelan Design Office) finished the ‘transformation’ from a run-down building into a very nice domicile.
The design firm remained as true as possible to the original aesthetics of the building, working to preserve such elements as the cast terrazzo handrail and the mouldings. The faded exterior was remodelled and restored to a gleaming black and white – allowing the building to keep its retro-chic appearance.
Stephen Javens, Director of Architecture at K.P.D.O. states: “In a city like Hong Kong, there is growing concern that a building’s former heritage may be lost. We therefore tried to ensure the exterior of the Tung Fat Building underwent more of a restoration than an actual redevelopment, and so the original iconic facade of the property remains aesthetically unchanged now.”