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回覆 (35): " The Factory " 北京道 一 號 at the Crime Scene
 
 
 
 
 
 
K Wah certainly do enough in 'sales & marketing', too bad they don't put the same amount of effort in the product.  
kris
09-06-15
10:09:55
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kris
09-06-15
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09-06-15
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09-06-15
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09-06-15
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09-06-15
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kris
09-06-15
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回覆 (28): " The Factory " 北京道 一 號 at the Crime Scene
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hello loft lovers,  
 
 
 
 
A picture tells a thousand words. NOT!!  
 
We spent Saturday afternoon at "the factory" to see what the fuzz is about. Afterward, I (and few others) left the place feeling violated and here's my 2 cents. In hind sight, looking at this offer from the beginning with the picture of their "show suite"(shown below), the intent seems obvious that the landlord wants to show off what the 'rental package' includes, key word here being 'rental'. And that's a good thing since they're expecting potential tenants to sign 2 years leases fixed at $60,000 / month for a 4000+ sf unit, a rental price exceeding the market rate in the area by about 300%! So why would anyone choose to rent this grossly overpriced industrial warehouse in a "not-so-ho" neighborhood, coughing up $1.5 million (2 years contract) living inconveniently in a dumpy area instead of say.....a suite at Grand Hyatt?? Now perhaps a good time to refer back to their promo picture to illustrate what we thought we were buying and what we actually saw. According to their sales brochure and photos:  
 
1) >>> Expected an enormous space of 4000+ sf with custom designed windows <<< Saw no such thing, the 4000+ sf quoted has only about 50% efficiency, the actual size is just over 2000 sf. And all the custom windows are special effects through the use of computer graphics, the actual windows are typical run-of-the-mill frames found in a typical HK apartment not loft style.  
 
2) >>> Expected a fully furnished & finished unit with hotel standard fit-out works including wall-to-wall built-in book shelves using premium grade timber <<< The actual offer is a "bare shell" space with noisy air-conditioning units installed under what appeared to be substandard and sloppy workmanship. We estimated an additional reno budget of around $1 million is needed in order to make the space at par and habitable.  
 
3) >>> Expected a stylish open kitchen with high quality cabinetry works and appliances <<< Dream on! The developer don't even have zoning for a pantry. The sales manager ambiguously suggested that I can get my own contractor to quietly do the work. Yeah! Right!!  
 
4) >>> Expected super high ceiling <<< Bull shit! The ceilings are all standard hight 10 -11 ft with the exception of a small section by the stairwell connecting the 2 floors.  
 
5) >>> The picture clearly shows several large round concrete columns from floor to ceiling, a feature worth tremendous value to loft lovers ideal for hanging art works and other creative use <<< No such thing, they do no exist.  
 
I guess in a way, it's good that old industrial buildings are being recycled for better use but unfortunately, "the factory'" is not a good example. Restoration of old buildings is not an easy task, requires a great deal of patient and steadfast commitment to maintain quality within a budget justifyable to the value of the property. In the case of "the factory", I saw no signs of that, except may be a way to dump an industrial slum at a premium profit.  
kris
09-06-15
09:50:48
回覆 (27): Wan Chai "tong lau"
Wow, interesting thread.
icefox
09-06-13
08:26:13
回覆 (26): Wan Chai "tong lau"
 
 
 
 
 
The clock was taken from the old train station
kris
09-06-12
09:18:09
回覆 (25): Wan Chai "tong lau"
kris
09-06-12
09:11:24
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kris
09-06-12
09:10:11
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kris
09-06-12
09:09:06
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Morning Fixer-uppers,  
 
This is from our visit to the home of a movie director occupying a top floor unit in a typical HK "tong lau" in Wan Chai. Though, facing limitations on what a tenant can do, he made good use of the space. Check out the doorways to the balcony.  
kris
09-06-12
09:08:18
回覆 (21): 發燒空間大改造 Wolf Stove + Le Creuset
 
 
 
 
.......it has an enamel coating that sustains very high temperature. French made, guaranteed for life.  
 
 
evp1312
09-06-11
13:07:39
回覆 (20): 發燒空間大改造 Wolf Stove + Le Creuset
 
 
Huh ...... very serious 'fire equipment' indeed !!  
 
If you prefer anything other than grilling in raw fire, here is a fine grilling pan that supplies more even temperature .....  
 
 
 
evp1312
09-06-11
13:03:53
回覆 (19): 發燒空間大改造 Wolf Stove
kris
09-06-11
09:55:54
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Wolf stoves are also popular with the Military and National Guards.  
kris
09-06-11
09:55:34
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kris
09-06-11
09:50:02
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Wolf built stoves for the Fire Department  
kris
09-06-11
09:46:27
回覆 (15): 發燒空間大改造
 
 
 
Check out the over size cast iron grill & burners on the Wolf  
kris
09-06-11
09:40:05
回覆 (14): 發燒空間大改造
 
 
 
Morning evp1312,  
 
Many of us like feikeung, love messing around in the kitchen. And not until recent years, some of the most '發燒 gear" in kitchen appliances not available in Hong Kong are here now. 2 of my favorites are the Wolf Range stove and the almighty Sub-Zero fridge. Years ago, I had the old version stove in my SF loft and even long after I sold the property, still kept it around and didn't want to let go.  
 
kris
09-06-11
09:32:49
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..... goes well with bread & olive oil  
 
 
 
 
 
 
evp1312
09-06-11
01:34:07
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kris, get hold of any of those 'Factories' and I'll deliver this from south of France ...  
 
 
 
 
evp1312
09-06-11
01:27:56
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kris
09-06-10
20:32:18
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kris
09-06-10
20:29:25
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Greetings,  
 
 
evp1312, I knew this will get your attention.  
 
tenfingers, K Wah has done great Heritage restoration in HK and it's about time.  
 
thekong, funny how I was thinking of your Pawn shop building in SSP, K Wah did a similar restoration in Wan Chai called "Jsenses". Just imagine the possibilities!
kris
09-06-10
20:10:48
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Simple and stylish! I probably can use some of the design clues for my SSP audio den.  
 
thekong
09-06-10
17:04:04
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Super decoration- very stylistic design.
tenfingers
09-06-10
16:04:10
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What a fascinating 'factory' !!!!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
evp1312
09-06-10
14:43:29
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"The Factory"  
kris
09-06-10
11:48:07
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kris
09-06-10
11:46:59
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"The Factory"  
kris
09-06-10
11:46:18
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"The Factory"  
kris
09-06-10
11:45:05
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"The Factory"
kris
09-06-10
11:44:23
發燒樓盤 The ART of living!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hello everyone.  
 
 
I've been wanting to start this thread for sometime, always wondered why HK lacks so much behind in alternative lifestyle & living in real-estate. From old heritage apartments (tong lau) to funky loft conversions, this thread is a tribute to the pioneers and creative minds behind this long overdue crusade. And to celebrate the creme-de-la-creme of some of the most unique life style in Hong Kong!  
 
Let's kick it off with a recent opening on a loft conversion from a local developer K-Wah real estate, an activist in these projects (did the Wan chai J Senses redevelopment project converting the old Pawn shop into a pub). Their new loft conversion is called "The Factory" located in Hong Kong's Wong Chuk Hang district, an area known for it's old factory buildings. The 'catch' evolves a comic theme from an Italian comic book artist Mauro Marchesi. The building is decorated with his graffiti on the facade as well as the interior and available for lease only. I was told the tenants are mostly advertising, film, design studios, art galleries and I see no reason why "Audiophiles" should be missing on the list, with a little personal touch, it's perfect for High-fidelity experiment! The 4,000+ square feet duplex studios have super high ceilings, making it the #1 choice for private parties. Rents start from around HK$14/square feet.  
kris
09-06-10
11:34:36
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