If you enjoyed my previous post on the JCCAC, then you’re going to like this one. While the JCCAC may be too far off for some across the harbour, the Police Married Quarters, commonly known as PMQ, is conveniently located in the heart of Central. Described as a mix-used hub for all things creative, PMQ makes for a great leisurely stroll on a relaxed afternoon.
The only caveat with PMQ being easily accessible is that it is probably populated, even on a weekend with no big scale events taking place. Well… the more the merrier. If you want to truly check out the architecture of the revitalised building, though, visit on a weekday when things are quieter to avoid the crowds.
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PMQ holds a world of historic significance. The site first served as the grounds for Queen’s College in 1889, which then reincarnated into dormitories for Chinese police officers in 1951 following war time damage to the original building. Today, it stands as a Grade 3 Listed Status building that has been revitalised into one of Hong Kong’s most popular arts and design venues.
PMQ is a mélange of old and new architectural design. It consists of two seven storey blocks of the former Police Married Quarters, named Staunton and Hollywood, and a former clubhouse that has been revitalised into a restaurant. The structures are reminiscent of typical post-Second World War period design, set apart by a functional approach to elevation with minimal decor.
Like the JCCAC, PMQ is regularly used as an event space. The events take place everywhere in the building, including the upper levels, and are not restricted to the central courtyard. Exhibits, flea markets and foodie festivals, expect to find it all at PMQ. There’s always something going on.
Convinced to visit yet? After all, there’s plenty of evidence that PMQ is a must-go if you like art. Even if you’re not much of an artist yourself, you’re more than likely to find something that catches your interest. C’mon, now. With its convenient location, you’ve got no excuse!
Police Married Quarters, PMQ
35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2870 2335
Other great architectural buildings you must see:
- Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, JCCAC
- Jockey Club Innovation Tower
- Long Museum West Bund
- Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
- Serpentine Pavilion
- The Murray
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