First Photographs of Hong Kong (An Old Photo Exhibition) by LAM Wai Ming
2011 - 2012, Bronze A' Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner
In the old days, the Central District of Hong Kong was called “Victoria City” governed by the British government and thus full of Victorian colonial architectures, among which the exhibition site is a typical representative. Therefore, the theme of the design, developed upon the compound of ‘camera’ and ‘colonial structures’, intends to deliver a closely-intertwined retrospection of both Hong Kong photography and architecture.
The focal point of the exhibition was the earliest photo of Hong Kong dated 1858 according to authentic records. It was arranged on a display stage which is designed as an indoor rotunda, whereas the other exhibits were showcased on many white, house-shaped display stands that imitate Victorian colonial structures in the past. With all these design details, the exhibition hall displayed historical photos of Hong Kong as well as presented an epitome of “Victoria City”.
Design Challenges
Since the 147-year-old Former Central Police Station Compound is a declared monument, the design process encountered further limitations in addition to the low budget. The construction of the design was not allowed to include renovation, fixing and any acts that would cause potential damages to the original interior.
Production Technology
From an engineering point of view, the First Photographs of Hong Kong An Old Photo Exhibition by LAM Wai Ming is a good example of a highly-developed project.
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