This is the story of a Hong Kong MTR exit – Exit A1 at Tsim Sha Tsui station.
December 1979: grand opening of the new station.
July 2009: much the same.
December 2013: building a temporary exit alongside.
January 2016: the exit is now a giant glass cube.
May 2016: finished!
The story behind the upgrade
From tomorrow (16 January 2014), regular users of Entrance/Exit A1 of MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station at the junction of Nathan and Haiphong roads will find their usual surroundings changed. They will be using a new temporary entrance/exit that has been put up for passengers next to the existing entrance/exit to facilitate the existing structure to be demolished and rebuilt into a brand new landmark for Tsim Sha Tsui.
When completed in 2015, the new Entrance/Exit A1 will be transformed into a giant “Crystal Cube” made of glass, a design that maximises the use of natural lighting during the day to conserve energy. Its transparent appearance will also blend in with the surrounding environment.
The distinctive and environmentally-friendly structure will include a new external lift and escalators, providing added convenience to MTR passengers, especially those with special needs. The lift will also provide a connection above street level to the entrance of Kowloon Park.
“Tsim Sha Tsui is one of our busiest stations and the new entrance, lift and escalators are designed to improve accessibility to the MTR as well as the surrounding area,” said Mr Jay Walder, Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation. “This is another project under our Listening ‧ Responding programme to bring direct improvements in areas that our passengers have told us they would like to see us do more.”
Footnote: another Exit A1 project
The ‘Exit A1’ project by Hong Kong photographer Helen Gray.
Hong Kong is made up of people living and working in many districts, each with a unique character, and this is what I hope to have captured in this collection of photos.
So, I set out on spare days from April 2012 to April 2013 to photograph the people and the environment around these 84 MTR stations.
To limit this otherwise overwhelming project, I have focussed on just one exit per station, that is Exit A1.