#whphorizontology | 2 // The second shot in our series of facades turned on their side to give a new perspective brings us to Ap Lei Chau Estate on the south side of Hong Kong. Ap Lei Chau Estate is a public housing estate sitting atop a prime piece of land, with its convenient MTR (metro) access and its location on a plateau overlooking Aberdeen Harbour. In other parts of the world, such prime estate would probably have been gobbled up by a private developer to build luxury flats, but the fact we have a public housing estate here is a reflection of one of the (few) merits of the Hong Kong land system. Under the policy, land is purposely allocated for public and private housing in the same district. The intent, as I understand it, is to ensure that there isn't an over-concentration of public housing in parts of town with lower land value, and to allow residents of varying social demographics to live together, creating towns that have a more harmonious blend of different groups. This policy has led to some interesting juxtaposition around town - you will see, side by side, large public housing developments along with some exclusive luxury flats. My own hometown of Tseung Kwan O is very much planned in this manner, with a private residential and shopping hub sitting on top of each MTR station (most accessible, convenient and hence expensive), but immediately surrounding this hub are a mix of different forms of residential developments from various concessionary schemes, including public housing.
Ap Lei Chau Estate's distinct feature is the band of blue on its facade, which winds its way along all the blocks facing the water (you are seeing part of the band in this shot). The other primary theme colour was pink, which looks very attractive, but unfortunately someone made the decision to tone things down a bit and the current colour is a relatively dull brown. Nonetheless, a lovely public housing estate in a nice part of town!
Second shot in the @instagram #whpuptome series. Hope you enjoy.