CONDITION / TOGETHER – The Urban Residential Block
Hong Kong 2017
This studio tackles the issue of Density/Place in Hong Kong by investigating the notion of collective dwelling. Housing is scarce in Hong Kong, and conventional ideas of housing developments consistently prove unable to meet demands. The new economy of sharing which in recent years has manifested itself across various areas of society: Car sharing, Apartment sharing and Entrepreneurial sharing such as crowd funding have started to have an important impact on housing. An example of this paradigm shift are “Collective Housing” projects, where architects are able to propose unconventional solutions to contemporary social issues such as: ageing demographics and collective working.
The studio’s contention is that Hong Kong should seek opportunities to densify within their existing territorial limits before the expansion of land surface is considered. Students will be asked to challenge the mono-functional housing model of the modern era, where non-residential functions can be used not only by residents but by people in the whole neighbourhood. Well-designed buildings alone cannot solve the housing problem, schemes must engage spatially and conceptually with their surrounding context if they are to become lively urban spaces rather than gated dormitory towers.
The Growing Gallery
This project is located on the edge of Sham Shui Po District. Sham Shui Po District is one of Hong Kong’s most distinctive areas because of its density and old buildings. However, in recent years, more and more high-rise residential buildings are gradual-ly replacing the old tenement buildings. From the natural lighting, hygiene and utilization point of view, high-rise residential is undoubtedly a strong living machinery. But is this living model really the best option for the future? I think the high-rise residen-tial building’s efficiency is based on sacrificing public life. My design attempts to answer this question from a collective livinperspective. Its core space comes from the streets and lanes of Sham Shui Po. I try to challenge the boundaries of public and private life with transitional space as a result experimenting new collective living styles.
The Reaction to Contrast
An urban block works as an unity of contrast and contradictions, moments of different & distinct characters are what keeping the block alive, they are the metabolism of an urban block. This project is intended to present itself as a counter-argument to the contrast found in the site. It is a reaction to the urban contrast found in the organic site context in Sham Shui Po. By manipulating scale in terms of massing, facade, space, urbanity and interiority, the design manufactured a series of unexpectedness throughout the spatial journey. It appears to be a regular box located in the irregularity of Sham Shui Po, but when one walks past the threshold of the design, the irregularity reveals in a dramatic manner.
WONG Ching Nam Carol
This thesis is an approach of how to work with old and new. Sham Shui Po is a district of old and new, giving a lot of contrasts and complexity to become a unique district in Hong Kong. The site, which originally consists three rows of tenement houses built in 1950s, is currently facing complete demolition under urban renewal development. Starting from the existing site condition, this thesis is arguing against demolition as the method of district regeneration, proposing REPAIR as a method to work with old and new. Repair is defined as restoration and reconfiguration. Restoration means to substitute the original element to make the object work and function again. Reconfiguration means to use the opportunity to inject new meanings and definition to the broken object. The starting point of this thesis is guided by these definitions, to challenge how to work with radical form of keeping something and rebuild something new, in a meaningful and respectful way to the old building, and to the Sham Shui Po community.
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
CHAI Kwan Nam
CHAN Chi Yan Eirene
LAU Kai Yin John
LI Kai Chung Kelvin
YEUNG Shan Yan Cindy
WONG Ching Nam Carol