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2005 Award of Merit

Tung Wah Coffin Home

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Jury Citation

The restoration of the Tung Wah Coffin Home has preserved a unique building typology and an important cultural institution which reflects the evolving social history of Hong Kong.  The complex includes a range of building traditions spanning from vernacular Chinese architecture to modern buildings.  The project is to be commended for carefully retaining the assembled structures that had been added onto the complex over its one hundred year history.  Accordingly, a combination of traditional architectural techniques and practical technical solutions was appropriately applied, which has resulted in retaining the physical authenticity of the place while at the same time facilitating its on-going use by the public.