Francisco Gonzalez

Tong Lau

Tong Lau: “...Tenement buildings built in late 19th century to the 1960s in Hong Kong...”

Hong Kong is growing at a fast pace; the density increases every year and the space becomes significantly reduced. Vernacular architecture has disappeared, while skyscrapers take over the spot light. In order to create more living space, there are currently over 100 active constructions that have taken over the land where historical buildings once were.   A concrete jungle overpowers the historical content that the Hong Kong government has not put any effort in conserving. Most historical buildings are abandoned because of expensive maintenance and not enough financing for restorations. In this photographic series, I explored the Tong Lau, a group of small buildings located in the Hong Kong territory. My intention was to portrait the current conditions and the contrast against their surroundings. I wanted to capture what is left of this unique place before its all gone and forgotten. Tong Lau: “...Tenement buildings built in late 19th century to the 1960s in Hong Kong...” Hong Kong is growing at a fast pace; the density increases every year and the space becomes significantly reduced. Vernacular architecture has disappeared, while skyscrapers take over the spot light. In order to create more living space, there are currently over 100 active constructions that have taken over the land where historical buildings once were.   A concrete jungle overpowers the historical content that the Hong Kong government has not put any effort in conserving. Most historical buildings are abandoned because of expensive maintenance and not enough financing for restorations. In this photographic series, I explored the Tong Lau, a group of small buildings located in the Hong Kong territory. Their construction began at the end of the 19th century, all the way through the mid 20th century. My intention was to portrait the current conditions and the contrast against their surroundings. I wanted to capture what is left of this unique place before its all gone and forgotten. 

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