Hamilton Street Rest Garden
Hamilton Street Rest Garden is located in Mongkok, around the corner of Portland Street and Hamilton Street junction. It is approximately 243 sq. m in size, which is the smallest site among the four. The main feature of the rest garden is a large lush tree. The garden is popular and usually fully seated, serving all walks of life. Hamilton Street Rest Garden is in close proximity to the Portland Street Rest Garden.
The team started with their concept of play as exploration, possibilities, and play as different sets of activities in an environment; and park as an environment generated from the users’ activities. Located in Yau Ma Tei, Hamilton Street Rest Garden is occupied by mainly elderly, prostitutes, and the homeless. The planters can also be seen as boundaries separating those inside the park with those outside the park – including smokers who bring their own seats. The neighbourhood has also brought in cultural activities through a neighbouring gallery, integrating the community and engaging with the public. The team would also like to integrate the materials and techniques from the small stores in the neighbourhood.
The initial idea is to create a communal space for sharing and also gives the community its identity through displaying the culture of the neighbourhood. Local materials produced in the Yau Tsim Mong area, such as steel ware, copper ware, and chopping boards, are used in the park to highlight the community’s culture of making.