This condition is specific to this building only. There are three different levels that connect to the pedestrian sidewalk. In order to access the retail shop located at the upper level, the visitor must go up the stairs and turn left or right. Using that same landing tenants are able to access their apartments.
At this location the second floor was utilized as a unorthodox community center. The Gee How Oak Tin association is a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to qualified high school students, fund to emergency and local healthcare centers, language tutorials, business assistance, and social support to non english speaking within the Chinese community.
This typology offers shared access to the retail shops and residences of the building. All shops are noticed to be beauty shops targeting female clientele.
This building reveals a series of complex circulation patterns. An arcade that penetrates the ground floor of the building and stretches to the streets on both sides. This configuration allows for a huge number of retail spaces all along the arcade. On the other hand one of the stairs of the ground floor leads to a restaurant that occupies the entire third floor.