The Stairwell, Hong Kong City Hall High Block

5 Edinburgh Place, Central


Aesthetics of ascend/descend

Since 1962, the Hong Kong City Hall has linked culture and the arts to everyday life.

I’ve been going up and down these stairs since I was a child. They connect the marriage registry, public libraries and exhibition hall… and the stairwell is backdropped by a wall of glass windows overlooking Victoria Harbour and the central business district. The stairs bring people to knowledge, culture and the arts, and the city to ideas.

The modernist space features clean lines and minimalist aesthetics which were ahead of their time and, even today, it is a divine work which shelters six decades of Hong Kong’s collective memory and sentiments.

Stanley Wong

Stanley Wong, alias anothermountainman, is a visual communicator. In 2004, he was inducted into the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and gained international acclaim at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 with his redwhiteblue series. He set up 84000 Communications in 2007 and, apart from his commitment to graphic design and advertising, focuses on the fine arts, photography and social issues. Since 2000 he has contributed to creative education and given talks and workshops in local and overseas institutions.

Stanley Wong