Hong Kong: Why is this 40-year-old ship on the verge of demolition?

A chaotic, tangled structure on a busy coastal street in Hong Kong has perplexed many for years. Now, after 40 years, it’s been declared “illegal”. Architects Todd Riselt, Charles McConnell and Ken Scott designed…

Hong Kong: Why is this 40-year-old ship on the verge of demolition?

A chaotic, tangled structure on a busy coastal street in Hong Kong has perplexed many for years. Now, after 40 years, it’s been declared “illegal”.

Architects Todd Riselt, Charles McConnell and Ken Scott designed the ship as a futuristic, architectural marvel. It was intended to attract people to Victoria Harbour, with a sail-like structure that used bamboo for the platform.

But the ship became the thing of legend, with speculators buying it and claiming they would renovate it.

Charles McConnell, a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, told NewsHour he thinks the ship has been in the same spot since the 1960s, while Todd Riselt said it could have been dug up around the 1980s.

But it continues to block the road in Wan Chai, a waterfront area on Hong Kong Island. The city’s top court decided this week that it was an eyesore, and that it wasn’t protected under conservation rules — in fact, the city’s environment chief has told it to “go away”.

It’s one of many iconic examples of ruins that have popped up, many years after they should have been removed.

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