Hong Kong boasts many converted-use buildings, but few come with more compelling stories and creative outlooks than The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre. Or as it’s better known, the JCCAC.
As Hong Kong’s industrial businesses moved across the border to the Mainland, the declining industry saw the city become overrun with under-utilized public factory estates. Today, many of these former industrial areas have been converted into artist studios, creating exciting cultural hubs. Just think of Fo Tan and Chai Wan, for instance.
The JCCAC is one such project. Though what sets it apart is its government backing and generous funding from the Jockey Club Charities trust. The award-winning adaptation saw the former ship Kip Mei Flatted Factory Building transform into a multi-disciplinary art center. The building was established in 1977 and vacated in 2001, but now houses over 100 artists and art organizations.