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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Unique Substations

Substations are important points in any electricity networks. While the public would usually prefer not having a substation next to their home, their existence are essential. Engineers, architects and planners often seek ways to hide these utilities from the public. A great bravo to those who have designed unique outlooks for these substations in Hong Kong.

The "triangular toilet" on Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui

Often referred to as the "triangular toilet", the Kimberley Substation is located at the junction of Kimberley Road and Austin Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The original nick name of the structure was "the toilet at the triangular junction in Tsim Sha Tsui"; it was then shorten to "triangular toilet". What the public might not be aware of is that, the structure serves as a substation as well as a public toilet.

Kimberley Road Substation, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Tai Po Kiosk substation at the junction of On Fu Road and Tsing Yuen Street in Tai Po, New Territories has a traditional Chinese finish to its outlook. The red bricks and green roof fit perfectly with the mini-park it is at.

Tai Po Kiosk Substation, Tai Po

You can take a mini-van to the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees (The Lam's Village) at a mini-van bus stop near the Tai Po Kiosk Substation.