collaboration | Amir Behan Jahanbin location | Hong Kong duration | 6 weeks awarded | honorable mention
Hong Kong has drawn a divide on itself. On one end 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 resulting in an housing quick-fixes with a 3-5 year waiting period that cannot provide for and does not apply to many young families in the city.
We have addressed these repercussions by offering a mixed room size and type building with a middle income family focus. The result 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 geometries provide for the maximum space while using the minimum surface area. Thes spaces are inscribed into a circle for 360 degree rotation which can accommodate any site. There are 12 module types, which can be used in combination to create 30 different floor configurations. This variety offers an exciting visual complexity 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 provides 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.