First Photographs of Hong Kong
An Old Photo Exhibition
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.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
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”.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Outside the exhibition hall, a series of flashlight indicator models were set as signage guiding to the entrance where a giant white camera model awaits. Standing in front of it, visitors can see the superimposing views of the black and white photo of early Hong Kong shown on the camera and the present exterior of the Compound buildings. Such setting carries the implied connection between the concepts that visitors view the old Hong Kong through the giant camera and that they discover the history of Hong Kong photography through this exhibition.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project was completed in November 2010. It is located at the former Central Police Station Compound in Central, Hong Kong.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
exhibition; photography; Old Hong Kong; history; declared monument; colonial architecture
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.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Design Systems Ltd
LAM Wai Ming, 2011.