Award winning design school in former magistracy
The house of law
When it was built in the 1950s, the West Kowloon Magistracy was the neighbourhoods’ most prominent landmark.In those days this area was a hotbed of prostitution, gambling, looting and gang riots so it was one of the busiest courthouses in town. But as the years went by, the court’s business reverted to more trivial matters such as illegal hawking and the magistracy was finally shut down in 2005.
Now a school of design
The rule of law has been replaced with the spirit of design. The building is now the Hong Kong campus of SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design).The courtroom has been turned into a lecture hall, offices have become photo-labs and former cells have been converted into creative studios. All new functions so sympathetically respect the old function of the building that it was awarded the UNESCO-Asia Pacific Award in 2011. Because it is a school, SCAD is not open to the public, but we highly recommend the 45 min guided tour. Pre-book at the website.
SSP through the eyes of students
In 2010 SCAD students hit the streets of Sham Shui Po to document the rich history and unique vibe of the Sham Shui Po community, which culminated in a photographic book ‘Tilting the Lens’.Insightful, bilingual and beautifully illustrated, it is available from selected GOD stores as a well as the SCAD e-shop.