The Revitalisation of Blue House Cluster won Award of Excellence at 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards
01 Nov 2017
We are proud to announce that the Revitalisation of Blue House Cluster, Hong Kong has won the Award of Excellence at 2017 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, among keen competition of sixteen projects from six countries. This is the first ever Hong Kong project to receive the highest honour since the awards’ establishment in 2000 with LWK as the Project Architect, Lead Consultant and Conservation Consultant.
The jury described the project as “a triumphant validation for a truly inclusive approach to urban conservation. A broad alliance, spanning from tenants to social workers and preservationists, waged a grassroots advocacy campaign to save the last remaining working-class community in the fast-gentrifying enclave of Wan Chai. This unprecedented civic effort to protect marginalized local heritage in one of the world’s most high-pressure real estate markets is an inspiration for other embattled urban districts in the region and beyond.”
Located at Stone Nullah Lane in Wan Chai, the revitalisation of Blue House Cluster is Hong Kong’s first regeneration project that adopts “Retain House and Tenant” approach, which transforms the building into a unique cultural landmark while preserving the original lifestyle, improving residents’ quality of life and encouraging community participation.
The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation programme recognises the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings with heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region. Awarded projects reflect a clear understanding and application of various criteria, such as the articulation of the spirit of place and the project’s contribution to the surrounding environment as well as the local community’s cultural and historical continuity.