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Sketching Tai Kwun, Hong Kong – a drawing tutorial by Dan Hogman

Artist and architect Dan Hogman sketches the Tai Kwun complex, which sits in a new revived glory in the heart of Hong Kong as an open cultural and leisure destination.

by Dan HogmanPublished on : Jan 15, 2020

For Dan Hogman, material, form, and a passion for documentary and space is what makes his work exceptional. As an architect and an avid urban sketcher with a keen eye for detail, he combines sketching and photography to illustrate visually interesting subjects. To sketch these subjects, he loves to explore new places.

From one of his travels to Hong Kong, Hogman brings a postcard from the Tai Kwun cultural complex. The word ‘Tai Kwun’ means big station in Chinese. The complex located in the heart of the city is known for its authenticity and heritage that dates back to more than 170 years. The site comprises more than a dozen buildings that have been restored to bring to life the former architectural details and brickwork. Among these, three have been declared monuments — the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison.

Hogman sketches a view of the liner barrack block from the complex that sits in the middle of the site, features a series of square windows and overlooks a large open public space. From behind the building, our columnist traces an interesting backdrop and gives form to the Herzog & de Meuron designed contemporary arts complex. The two buildings fit beautifully in the frame, and they do so on the site as well. where heritage and art merge to reveal an open, cultural destination.

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