Making of Hong Kong architecture: a reconsideration of Hong Kong identity from the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and the Bank of China

Poon, Brandon. (2007). Making of Hong Kong architecture: a reconsideration of Hong Kong identity from the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and the Bank of China B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Poon, Brandon.
Thesis Title Making of Hong Kong architecture: a reconsideration of Hong Kong identity from the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and the Bank of China
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2007-01-01
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Supervisor Dr Andrew Leach
Total pages 68
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract

This study examines symbolic landmarks in Hong Kong architecture reflects the local identity. This examination is undertaken with a view to understanding the relationships between architecture, place and identity in Hong Kong. To achieve this goal, a case study approach has been taken using Norman Foster’s Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and Leoh Ming Pei’s Bank of China building as cases for study. These buildings have been chosen because they are considered as symbolic landmarks representing both political and cultural narratives. The respective buildings of Foster and Pei, both of whom suggested an insight into Hong Kong vernacular, have been drawn upon in this thesis. Foster’s Hong Kong Bank proclaimed his building informed the spirit of place, while Pei’s Bank of China stated his building was more rooted in the traditional Chinese vernacular. Exemplified by the feng shui and the banking hall design, it is argued that both Foster and Pei have achieved on integration of the vernacular traditions into the architectural modernity. However, the Hong Kong Bank and the Bank of China cannot truly represent the identity of Hong Kong, derived from the fact that they constitute continuities in Foster’s and Pei’s architectural styles, rather than the creation of cultural forms within the regional environment. In the search for Hong Kong identity, it is suggested that the practicing local architects use the metaphor of nostalgia to reconstruct the collective abandoned past and a sense of local communities for a place.


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