The original staircase of Mill 4 has carried thousands of workers throughout the decades, and has been preserved for visitors to have an experience which echoes that of the factory workers.
‘Golden Cup’ was one of Nan Fung Textiles’ champion brands, and its imagery adorns the main entry gate at the previous Mill 4 to welcome every visitor to The Mills.
The original “Nan Fung Textile Co., Ltd.” signage on the external wall was one of the most distinguishing features of the former mill complex.
Fire hazards were the largest threat to the safety and normal operation of the mill factories, with sand buckets adorning every corner to ensure the safety of workers.
The solid timber doors that stood for many years in the old mill factories were found in good condition and were repurposed to become benches and signage.
In order to open up traffic and create a more welcoming atmosphere for The Mills, we created a new pedestrian walkway connecting Castle Peak Road and Pak Tin Par Street.
Some of the old signs within The Mills, such as the “No Smoking” signs, were applied decades ago using this very method.
Old window frames were not wasted but repurposed to become new entry signages.
This gate was previously the main entry point into Mill 5 and its presence recalls the collective story of former factory workers.
The Hall is the heart of The Mills. Hollowing out a three-storey space allowed us to create a large skylight that gives life to the former factory.
New connections are made through the construction of glass link bridges joining the originally isolated Mill 5 and 6 factories.
To support the new spaces we have created at The Mills, most of the original concrete structure had to be strengthened with structural steel members.
CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) occupies the 2nd floor of Mill 6, and is situated above the main entrance to the complex.
What used to be a large, vacant concrete roof is now transformed into a rooftop park.
This connecting staircase bridged the gap between the formerly separate buildings and highlights the level differences in the original structures.