PMQ is a PYT

 

Who doesn’t love a makeover? In Hong Kong, the old parts of the city are undergoing a makeover. The restoration gives life to ageing structures and brings back the excitement to the vicinity.

 

PMQ Facade
The Facade.

 

One of the structures that were made over is at No.35 Aberdeen Street in Sheung Wan in the middle of SoHo—the PMQ, three years old this year since it opened to the public in April 2014.

 

PMQ in Hong Kong is a creative hub
PMQ in SoHo. The former police residence is today a creative hub for young talents in Hong Kong

 

PMQ stands for Police Married Quarters stands on the former second campus of Central School built in 1862. The building was destroyed during the Japanese occupation in 1941 and whatever remained was demolished in 1948.

In 1951, to increase police recruitment, a building was constructed with 140 single rooms and 28 double rooms for the police serving at the nearby Central Police Station.

The PMQ building was emptied in 2000 and by 2009, PMQ was included in the list of the “Conserving Central” project. Along with seven other heritage sights in Central, PMQ underwent renovation.

 

Stairwells at PMQ
Interesting details of the old building’s stairwells

 

The new structure may have been revamped but something old was kept. The underground tunnel exhibits the foundation of the former school.

 

THe old school foundation of PMQ
The old foundation of the former school can be seen at the tunnel below PMQ

 

In 2014, a revitalized PMQ stands on the address. The two seven-storey buildings and the former Central Junior Police Call Clubhouse were reopened to serve another purpose as Hong Kong’s creative hub, and its new residents are the local design talents.

 

A PMG building wing
A building wing of creativity

 

On the former residential units now offers 18,000-square meter of creative space. The converted area houses an exciting array of design galleries, shops, bookstores and office units. The large courtyard is also open to host event and exhibitions. The former clubhouse is now a restaurant retaining its original designs.

The new addition is called the ‘CUBE’ and links the two blocks buildings. An interesting feature of the connection is the “Plateau,” a rooftop garden on the 4th level.

 

PMQ grounds
The Cube links the two building wings

 

PMQ's Plateau
The Plateau. The rooftop garden of the Cube, a new architectural addition that connects the 2 refurbished buildings

 

PMQ’s mission is to nurture local designers, provide a stage for creative events and furnish a setting for visitors to experience creative lifestyle.

 

Yougn designer clothes at PMQ
A good place for start up a career in designing clothes

 

PMQ photo print shop
Limited edition photographic prints in this shop

 

All made of bamboo shop at PMQ
Everything bamboo

 

I read about PMQ in one of the travel magazines and listed it as a must-see place on the next visit to the city.

Fate was on my side that I chanced upon the place while checking out a small dining space recommended by a chef.

 

Little Bao beside PMQ
Lost & found. Spotted a recommended eat & what do you know, PMQ is right across this joint

 

The place is indeed very exciting. Like visiting a museum, I hopped from one room to another and worked all seven floors of the two blocks discovering what the talented local artists have created. If I didn’t practice restraint, I would end up purchasing something in each shop.

 

A pottery store in PMQ
Pottery so lovely

 

PMQ eyewear shop
Framed

 

An accessory shop in PMQ
Through a windiw of an accessory shop

 

The effort to repurpose the old Police Married Quarters is quite impressive. PMQ has added to the revitalization of the area and has turned the old institution into a meeting ground for artists and art aficionados.

 

PMQ store offering baking lessons
Pastry chef’s in the making

 

Craft shop in PMQ
A craft shop

 

Yes, PMQ is a PYT in SoHo, HK.

How to get to there: PMQ is a 5-10 minutes walk from Central-Mid-Levels Escalator or Sheung Wan MTR station.

 

Email me at jinggoysalvador@yahoo.com. For more lifestyle & travel stories, visit www.ofapplesandlemons.com & www.jeepneyjinggoy.com

Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

 

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