PMQ is a mixed-use creative arts and design venue located between Central and Sheung Wan districts on Hong Kong Island. Formerly the Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, this heritage site consists of two seven-storey buildings that previously served as residences for married junior policemen. In 2010 it was designated a Grade 3 historic building, and in 2014 opened to the public after 15 years of disuse.
Undergoing a complete renovation and refurbishment, the residential units have been converted to shops, studios, and offices promoting local designers and brands. There are over 100 design workshops, pop-up stores, and retail outlets occupying the two blocks. Restaurants and cafes line the lower levels, and the central courtyard hosts temporary exhibitions and special events (on my most recent visit they were hosting the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition by fashion house Chanel). A new extension connecting the two buildings and a glass canopy covering the Aberdeen courtyard further enhances the multi-use space.
Nestled among towering residential blocks and the narrow streets of SoHo, the PMQ feels right at home with the neighbourhood’s art galleries and antique shops. If you are in the area around Hollywood Road, check out a piece of Hong Kong’s history while also supporting the local designer and art scene. It can get a little busy during the weekends, but never overly so – plus it’s free and well worth your time.
The photos here were taken a year ago with various Minolta Rokkor MD lenses adapted on my Fujifilm X-T1 camera.