Funded by the HKSAR Government’s Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme, “Viva Blue House” Revitalisation Project (“Viva Blue House”) is the first project of its kind that embraces the mission on “retention of both the residents and the buildings”. The revitalising Blue House Cluster, located on Stone Nullah Lane in Wanchai, consists of three Hong Kong-style tenement houses (Tong Lau in Cantonese) which were constructed in the 20s, 30s and 50s. Blue House and Yellow House are listed as Grade I and Grade III historic buildings respectively, whereas Orange House is not graded yet.
Not only revitalising the property into a unique landmark, “Viva Blue House” also aims to preserve the lifestyle of the old days, allowing the residents to choose to stay or not, and inviting them to plan collaboratively. This project serves as a community-led, bottom-up and participatory heritage conservation model in the hope of conserving a sense of community in the old neighbourhood.
In order to present the multifunctional spaces of the tenement houses, the Blue House Cluster contains the following units:
- Hong Kong House of Stories
- Existing Resident Housing and Engagement Units
- Good Neighbour Scheme
- Social Enterprise Units - Dessert House and Vegetarian Restaurant
- C.O.M.E. Hall