Tong Lau: “...Tenement buildings built in late 19th century to the 1960s in Hong Kong...”
Hong Kong is growing at a fast pace; its density increases every year and space becomes significantly reduced. Vernacular architecture has disappeared, while skyscrapers take over the spotlight. In order to create more living space, there are currently over one hundred active construction projects that have taken over the land where historical buildings once were. A concrete jungle overpowers the historical content that the Hong Kong government has neglected to conserve. Most historical buildings are abandoned due to expensive maintenance and insufficient 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 depict the current conditions and the contrast against their surroundings. I wanted to capture what is left of this unique place before it’s all gone and forgotten.