Address: 5–13 Shan Mei Street, Fo Tan, Shatin
Year of completion: 1982
Client: Hong Kong Housing Authority
Floor height: 3.1–4.2m
Typical floor area: 2,630m2 (with balconies)
Unit surface: 25m2
This industrial building is inspired by the residential resettlement type ‘Mark III’: a slab block introduced in 1961, with a central corridor accessing each unit, each with its own balcony. Factory estates were originally built by the government as part of the resettlement programme to replace squatter factories and cottage workshops displaced by clearance. Due to a shortage of small factory units in private factory buildings, the Housing Authority built 17 newer factory estates in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Here, the lateral deep access balconies serve as extended working spaces. The building is painted with a multicoloured pattern.