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So Uk Estate

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So Uk Estate (Chinese: 蘇屋邨) is an early public housing estate in So Uk, a hillside area of Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The estate is now undergoing redevelopment, and new housing blocks are being built in place of the ones demolished.


  • History 1
  • Blocks 2
    • Buildings closed / demolished before 2012 2.1
    • Buildings closed in 2012 2.2
  • Future 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The estate was built on the site of squatter areas which were demolished for the construction of the estate of 16 blocks from 1955–1963.[1] The blocks were called "Houses" and named after varieties of flowers. Unlike many highly standardised public housing estates built afterward, the architectural design of the estate was unique in Hong Kong. There were 5,316 flats in the original estate, with areas ranging from 19.5 to 49.1m2, with capacity of 15,200.[2]

The estate was the home of many famous individuals during their youth in Hong Kong, for example, Sam Hui and his brothers, Wong Ka Kui and his brother in the band Beyond, and many others.


Buildings closed / demolished before 2012

  • Cedar House (金松樓)
  • Cherry House (櫻桃樓)
  • Orchid House (蘭花樓)
  • Gladiolus House (劍蘭樓)
  • Carnation House (石竹樓)
  • Peony House (牡丹樓)
  • Maple House (楓林樓)
  • Willow House (綠柳樓)
  • Marigold House (壽菊樓)
  • Lilac House (丁香樓)

Buildings closed in 2012

  • Azalea House (杜鵑樓)
  • Begonia House (海棠樓)
  • Camelia House (茶花樓)
  • Larkspur House (彩雀樓)
  • Lily House (百合樓)
  • Lotus House (荷花樓)


By 2008, after 48 years, the estate was still in good condition but its estimated high maintenance cost made the Hong Kong Housing Authority decide to demolish the six blocks in March 2012 . The Authority will compensate residents and aid in their move. It has also allowed residents the option of moving into Un Chau Estate Phases 2, 4, and 5 in Sham Shui Po.[3]

A foundation titled, "Farewell So Uk" was established as a historical archive for the Estate and to document its history of its residents. It was sponsored by the Salvation Army of Hong Kong and the Salisbury YMCA.

As of 2015, construction of the new So Uk Estate is well underway. The new estate will comprise 14 blocks ranging from 21 to 41 storeys high with nearly 7,000 flats.[4] The Housing Department won a Merit Award from the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design in 2014 for their community-minded redevelopment approach.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Historical Background of So Uk Estate". Hong Kong Housing Authority. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^  
  3. ^ "Memorandum for the Subsidised Housing Committee, Ex-gratia Allowance for Tenants Affected by Housing Authority’s Clearance Programmes Outside the Comprehensive Redevelopment Programme and Re-housed to Public Rental Housing Flats Without Metal Gatesets" (PDF) (Press release).  
  4. ^ "STH visits So Uk Estate redevelopment site and Hoi Lai Estate (with photos)". Government of Hong Kong. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "HKIUD Urban Design Awards". Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 

External links

  • Hong Kong Housing Authority
  • Farewell So Uk

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