Surveying student "rejuvenates" historical building
Congratulations to Ada Lo Wing-yan, a second-year student of PolyU’s Department of Building and Real Estate, for being named champion of the Tiny Model (Public Category) at the “Maintenance and Appreciation of Historical Buildings” Creativity Competition, organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors.
Ada’s winning model was a detailed miniature of the Grade 1 Historic Building “Lui Seng Chun”, a four-storey tong-lau constructed in 1931. Built on a 1:200 scale, the model showed the unique architectural features of the historical building, as well as its internal and external structures, both before and after its revitalisation. This was done through using beige materials to show the original structure and grey ones to illustrate the post-renovation structure.
“The experience has enhanced my awareness of heritage conservation and deepened my understanding of the role of surveyors,” Ada said. “I think surveyors are like doctors to buildings. Through conservation and timely maintenance, historical buildings are given a new lease of life to demonstrate their aesthetic and historical values for the public to explore.” This sentiment led Ada to name her model “Rejuvenation”.