Strand Arcade

Strand Arcade is a small (by today’s standard) shopping mall, if you can call it that.  It was built in the 1890’s and was refurbished in the 1980’s or 1990’s.  It has 3 floors with a simple  corridor and 1 row of shops on either side.  You can walk through it in about 3 minutes.  The shops are small.  The ones on the upper levels are about 5m x 5m each.  The ones on the ground floor are even smaller.  It still retains its orignal features of sorts – brightly lacquered dark wood panels and an old tight iron lift that takes forever to go up 3 flights.  Its tenants are mostly boutique fashion and some cafes.  The roof is made of glass so natural light falls right through.  I choose to go through this arcade whenever I can because of these features, even though I am not the sort of clientele for the shops (except for JB Hi Fi which sells cds, dvds and other electronics).  Because of the glass roof, you cannot never be sure of the what sort of lighting it will be.  You just have to leave it to the natural environments – so different to your enclosed modern malls.

I seriously hope it doesn’t get sold.  If it does, the developer will simply keep the outside fascade and build some concrete offices on top of it.

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