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Blue Lotus Gallery : Walter Koditek : Hong Kong Modern Architecture of the 1950s – 1970s


The exhibition “Hong Kong Modern Architecture of the 1950s-1970s” is a thematic exploration of post-war modern architecture based on Walter Koditek’s book of the same title at Blue Lotus Gallery. By combining photography and research, Koditek creates a comprehensive overview of architectural design during that transformative period.

In the post-war decades, Hong Kong architects, many of them having migrated from China or studied overseas, embraced modern principles when forced to face the problems of housing shortage, mass construction and limited budgets in the British colony. Although economic efficiencies often prevailed over design, their buildings were rooted in their time and place, reflecting the local climate, social values, materials, technique and use in an often unique and pragmatic fashion.

As Koditek documents and captures building facades for this project, he invites us to notice the different designs stemming from the international Modern Movement and how it has been adapted to suit local needs and conditions. Each facade, uniformly framed and composed, draws our attention to architectural details that are often overlooked, as well as the variety of appropriations that transformed their modern characters over time. The arrangement of facades, ranging from famous landmarks to mundane structures that dominate Hong Kong’s cityscape, presents an underlying relationship between these built forms.

With this exhibition and book, Koditek’s project not only serves as a visually compelling record of modernist architectural heritage found in the city, but also as a reminder and call to buildings that are on the verge of disappearance or redevelopment.


Walter Koditek : Hong Kong Modern Architecture of the 1950s – 1970s
14 January – 12 February 2023
Blue Lotus Gallery
G/F, 28 Pound Lane
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


About the book:
‘Hong Kong Modern Architecture of the 1950s-1970s’ Photos by Walter Koditek
Published by Apsara Books, Hong Kong
ISBN: 978-988-78796-2-6Language: English Number of pages: 448 pp
Dimensions: W 245 mm x H 245 mm 830 images, hardcover with jacket
HK$580 [signed by the artist]

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