Chinese trader Yip Sang built his first Wing Sang Company premises in Chinatown in 1889. Over only a few years he added additional phases, and in the back a 5-storey residential wing for his wives and over 20 children (He had four wives, but only three were alive at the same time). By the turn of the 21st century the building wasn’t in great shape.
Property marketer Bob Rennie spent over $20m restoring the buildings in 2010, with his offices on Pender and his extensive contemporary art collection filling the residential wing. Martin Creed’s neon artwork reading ‘Everything Is Going to be Alright’ was added on top – something Bob must be hoping is true as he tries to sell the remaining Olympic Village condos.
before image 2005, after image 2010