PHOTOGRAPHY – A Peek Inside the New LEGCO Building 2


Central Government Complex, Tamar is the new location for the offices of GovHK. The design is said to be based on a mix of Chinese and Western architectural principles and a ‘low-frills’ international design.

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…The Star Trek-esque main chamber features a natural light funnel which directs daylight into the room, minimising the use of artificial light. The room is also lined with HD camera lighting…

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…Construction began in 2009 and many parts of the complex are already functioning. There are three large sites – the LEGCO Block, Office Block  (mostly for government departments) and Low Block (office tower containing committee rooms, press room, offices of members of the LEGCO, as well as the office of the LEGCO President).

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…All proceedings are translated live into English and Putonghua…

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…The building includes difference chambers, conference facilities, a library, archives, viewing galleries, shop and cafe. It has an operational floor area of almost 38,000m2…

…The site is designed to be eco-friendly and includes several green features, water bodies and roof gardens…

…One of the building’s six art installations includes ‘The People’ by German resident, Cornelia Erdmann…

…Full meetings began last October at the new site…

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…Another art piece, ‘Huayuan’, is an interactive digital projection by Simon Heijdens…

…The colours of the LEGCO Block are green, purple and grey. Green represents democracy and is influenced by parliamentary green used by the British House of Commons. Purple reflects the people of Hong Kong (Public/Electorate) whilst grey symbolises open government and Rule of Law…

…There is even a ‘mock LEGCO’ for NGOs and secondary school children to use…

…Expats are in luck – the English guided tours are rarely particularly busy and can be pre-booked a couple of weeks in advance.

Demonstrators have complained that the new design limits their access to legislators when they wish to express dissent…

With scandal-ridden Donald Tsang set to hand over power to scandal-ridden CY Leung next Sunday, there are likely to be similar scenes of protest as thousands hit the streets for the annual July 1st march. The political climate in HK is at boiling point with the public expressing some of highest levels of dissatisfaction with the mainland, suspicion over CY’s plans with Article 23 and the highest turnout at the 6/4 vigil for years.

More on the art of LEGCO…