History of North Kowloon Magistracy building

Designed by Palmer and Turner Architects and built in 1960, this seven-story building functioned as a magistrate's court with various government offices. It was one of Hong Kong's busiest magistracies until it closed in 2005, handling all cases in the Kowloon District, which covers Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Shek Kip Mei, Cheung Sha Wan and Ho Man Tin.

In 2009, the SCAD Foundation Hong Kong Limited won the bid to revitalize the magistracy through the city's Revitalizing Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme. In 2010, the former magistracy opened its doors to begin operations as SCAD Hong Kong.