Hongkong Post issued a set of special stamps on Public Architecture in Hong Kong to showcase the unique designs of six award-winning examples of local public architecture.
Public architecture should be people-oriented and designed for social interaction and Hong Kong is endowed with some outstanding public architecture.
The Public Architecture in Hong Kong stamp issue features six award-winning public and government facilities in Hong Kong, comprising the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence ($1.70 stamp), Victoria Park Swimming Pool ($2.20 stamp), Sai Kung Waterfront Park ($2.90 stamp), Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Leisure and Cultural Building ($3.10 stamp), Hong Kong Wetland Park ($3.70 stamp) and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department Headquarters ($5 stamp).
Award wining Public Architecture in Hong Kong
The stamps highlight the architectural features and the key function of each facility to enhance appreciation of the high-quality public architecture around Hong Kong.
$1.70 – Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
The museum, converted from the Lei Yue Mun Fort, affords visitors a glimpse of Hong Kong’s coastal defence history. A tensile fabric canopy is stretched over an open courtyard, while the entrance to the redoubt has been restored to its original form with a new footbridge over the defence ditch.
The silhouette on the stamp depicts a 25-Pounder Mark II Field Gun displayed in the museum.
$2.20 – Victoria Park Swimming Pool
The design concept was inspired by water ripples, which were manifested on the exterior of the complex. The curvilinear glass façade increases the transparency of the building and is crafted to reinforce the motif of water ripples.
The silhouette of a swimmer on the stamp highlights the main function of the building.
$2.90 – Sai Kung Waterfront Park
The waterfront park involves conversion of an existing park in a prime location in Sai Kung Town into a place with a Volcano Discovery Centre, alfresco dining areas, a chess garden and sitting-out areas.
In particular, the timber deck at the feature pool and the sculptures in the form of folded boats made from newspapers tell the history of Sai Kung. The silhouette on the stamp portrays a family enjoying their visit.
$3.10 – Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Leisure and Cultural Building
The simple design of the building cultivates a style of tradition fusing with modernity. The five-storey indoor swimming pool and sports centre is basically orientated inwards, while the eight-storey library is orientated outwards with a glass curtain wall for a wider view.
Visually independent of the building, the library features an inter-connected atrium, courtyards and a roof terrace across various levels to allow natural light to reach the lower floors. The silhouette on the stamp shows a citizen reading in the library.
$3.70 – Hong Kong Wetland Park
Blended into the natural setting of the surrounding environment, the structures of the Visitor Centre of the Hong Kong Wetland Park are mainly built in fairface concrete, with a purposely designed landscape roof, and timber louvres providing multiple layers of shade.
The Wetland Discovery Centre and three Bird Hides are situated in the outdoor Wetland Reserve. A birdwatcher using binoculars appears in silhouette on the front of the stamp.
$5 – Electrical and Mechanical Services Department Headquarters
The headquarters have been converted from the former Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminal 2 building in Kowloon Bay. The existing external walls of the main elevations have been transformed into “environmental façades” with ventilated double-layered curtain walls for the upper floors and metal sunshades for the lower floors.
At the top, a rooftop viewing gallery rises from a sea of photovoltaic panels. The silhouette on the stamp depicts the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department’s logo.
A set of picture cards with prepaid postage, featuring a three-dimensional view of the public and government facilities depicted on the special stamps is also released.
Title: award wining Public Architecture in Hong Kong
Date of Issue: 31 March 2016
Country: Hong Kong
Denominations: $1.70, $2.20, $2.90, $3.10, $3.70, $5
Source: Hong Kong Stamps