Wan Chai Market: Rediscovering Streamline Moderne Architecture
A research paper prepared for the archives of the Antiquities and Monuments Office and Commissioner for Heritage’s Office
Dr. Lee Ho Yin Director, Architectural Conservation Programme (ACP) Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Prof. Lynne DiStefano Adjunct Professor, Architectural Conservation Programme (ACP) Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Original version: dated 26 June 2004, for the Urban Renewal Authority This revised and updated version: dated 2 May 2009, for the Antiquities and Monuments Office and Commissioner for Heritage’s Office
Wan Chai Market, Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, Bauhaus, architectural significance.
This short article clarifies the correct architectural stylistic categorization of Wan Chai Market: Streamline Moderne. It traces the origins and evolution of the style and its influence by the Bauhaus tradition, with which the style of Wan Chai Market is often confused. Using local and overseas examples of both styles, the article compares the characteristics of the two styles in order to better understand their similarities and differences. With the understanding of the correct style of Wan Chai Market established, the article concludes by stating the building’s architectural significance.