The Blue House Cluster

The Blue House Cluster

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Wanchai, Hong Kong

2,323 sq m

St. James Settlement

Composed of Blue, Yellow and Orange House, the BHC is the government’s first revitalization project adopting the “Retain House and Tenant” approach in Hong Kong. This unique landmark witnesses the urbanization of the city. Amongst the three, Blue and Yellow House are accorded Grade 1 and 3 Historic Building respectively. The revitalization not only preserved the tangible and intangible heritage features but also promoted and sustained the local network and culture as a whole, thereby connecting and energizing the community significantly. The original residents’ living standards are largely improved with the restoration of the Cluster, and the community bond has also been preserved with care during the entire revitalization process through the various engagement initiatives. Moreover, interpersonal connections are anticipated to be further strengthened through the newly offered inter-building enhancements.

Not only were the classic architectural features restored, the community has also witnessed social progresses, demographic changes and economic transformation of the city. Revitalization of this historic site helps redefine the city and inspires other embattled urban districts in the region and beyond.

In recognition of the unprecedented civic effort to protect marginalized local heritage in one of the world’s most high-pressured real estate markets, BHC was awarded with the Award of Excellence at the 2017 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation – which is the first local project winning the highest level of achievement from UNESCO, and shortlisted in Best Urban Regeneration Category in MIPIM Asia 2017.

Winning Awards

2018

The HKIA Annual Awards 2017/18

Medal of the Year of Hong Kong

2018

The HKIA Annual Awards 2017/18

Special Architectural Award – Heritage & Adaptive Re-use

2018

Quality Building Award

Hong Kong Building (Renovation / Revitalisation) category – Merit Award

2017

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards UNESCO

Award of Excellence

2017

MIPIM Asia Awards 2017

Best Urban Regeneration Project — Gold Winner

2017

MIPIM Asia Awards 2017

Special Jury Award Winner

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