Wan Chai Market

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(Old) Wan Chai Market
(New) Wanchai Market at the Zenith

The former Wan Chai Market (Chinese: 灣仔街市) building was constructed in 1937. It is located at 264 Queen's Road East, at Wan Chai Road crossing, opposite Stone Nullah Lane in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island.[1] It is a Grade III Historic Building.[2]

Its architectural style is influenced by Streamline Moderne (also known as Streamlined Moderne or Art Moderne) architecture, a popular style of building of the 1930s. It is often erroneously referred to as a Bauhaus-style building.[3][4]

Wan Chai Market, the wet market housed in the old market building since 1937, has moved into the new market complex on the lower levels of "The Zenith", a newly built residential development located just opposite to the market building, in September 2008. The Wan Chai Market was initially a wet place where merchants would sell their belongings. It was also used as a garage for Bullock Carts and thus was called 濕車庫, which means ‘Wet Garage’. It was named in 1917.

History[edit]

During Japanese occupation, the basement of the Wan Chai Market was occupied by the Japanese troop for the storage of corpses.[2]

In 1961, the Market underwent a renovation to improve its facilities and environment so that the Market could compete with other market places in the district.[2]

The Land Development Corporation obtained approval from the Executive Council to acquire land in Wan Chai, including this site, for redevelopment as part of an urban renewal project. A consortium was formed comprising Chinese Estates (40%), Kwong Sang Hong (25%), Chi Cheung Investment (20%) and Peregrine Group (15%).[5]

Chinese Estates, controlled by Joseph Lau Luen-hung, agreed with the Urban Renewal Authority in 1996 to jointly redevelop the site into a luxury residential-commercial complex. Phase two of the project, which requires the demolition of the building, was scheduled to start early 2008 and completion by mid-2011.[6]

In 2007, the Urban Renewal Authority and the Development Bureau jointly announced that the facade and the front part of the historic market building will be preserved in the redevelopment project; the front part will be used as a shopping centre. A residential building will stand at the back of the market building.[7]

Facilities[edit]

There is a basement and staff quarters in the building.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

In the successful video game by Eidos, Deus Ex, Wan Chai Market is used as the basis for a portion of the game.

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Coordinates: 22°16′29″N 114°10′28″E / 22.274607°N 114.17434°E / 22.274607; 114.17434