Honk Kong has drawn a divide on itself. On one end the apartments in the city cost far too much to rent, only the wealthy and privileged can afford them. The city has attempted to provide for lower income residents with housing solutions. The result is an affordable housing quick-fix with a 3-5 year waiting period that cannot provide for and does not apply to many young families in the city. The consequence is a housing market that cannot provide for its middle income residents and families.
We have addressed these repercussions by offering a mixed room size and type building with a middle income family focus. This result, which is both low in cost to construct and easily assembled, offers generous apartment sizes by Hong Kong’s standards. Using inspiration from nature, we have taken advantage of geometries which lend themselves towards high density packing. These high density geometries provide for the maximum surface area for the minimum space. These spaces are inscribed into a circle for 360 degree rotation which can accommodate any site.
Each room is a module that has been partially constructed ahead of its arrival on site to keep to construction time to a minimum. There are 12 module types, each with custom furniture layouts, which can be used in combination with one another to create 30 different floor configurations. This variety offers an exciting visual complexity (uncommon to the cities skyline) and allows for a near infinite amount of combinations and densities for each iteration of the tower.
The tower’s envelope is a fogged formed plastic. The outer shell causes a natural upward draft through the gap between the modules and the panels. This effortless source of ventilation will provide for comfortable living conditions through the humidity and fog in the city. The air passing up will also pass through one of many green spaces which occupy the voids of the building, filtering and cleaning the air as it travels up the building and into peoples homes and the city.
This housing solution offers more than a place to sleep and eat. It provides a sense of home and place, a sense or cleanliness through is sustainable systems, and a sense of community with its shared green spaces. “Sense “ is a solution that may be able to bridge the economic divide.