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Stacked modular housing, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Monday 19 Jun 2017
 

Towers within a Tower

 
Stacked modular housing by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Kwong Von Glinow Design Office 
 
Stacked modular housing by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Stacked modular housing by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Stacked modular housing by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Stacked modular housing by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Stacked modular housing by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Stacked modular housing by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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25/06/17 Keith Fielder RIBA, London
Looking again at the plans the concept is unrealistic there is only one fire escape stair not enclosed, there are no services riser ducts and inadequate lobby space. It does not look as if the Building Planning Regulations would be complied with in regard to the windows (for ventilation and light) of kitchens and bathrooms. Computer graphics good, concept bad.
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25/06/17 Keith Fielder, London
I've been an architect in Hong Kong for over twenty years including housing. I'm sorry to be negative but I don't see how this concept can work. It is totally unsuitable for families with little kids and for disabled people and it is a fire hazard. The means of escape are unacceptable inside the dwelling from top to bottom down spiral and straight stairs. The computer delineations might look realistic but they need to go back to the drawing board on that topic.
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20/06/17 Andrew Parker, London
The overlooking distances between units surrounding the shared open spaces look 'snug'!
 

This project stacks apartment spaces one on top of the other using a modular system with minimal material weight fabrication 

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office's proposal “Towers within a Tower” for Pixel Housing is to bring Hong Kong’s urban verticality into the apartment unit itself. In the proposal, apartment spaces, typically inhabited as horizontal slices, are stacked one atop the other vertically. Each apartment unit therefore becomes its own tower. When the units aggregate next to one another, they produce shared outdoor spaces: a local neighborhood at every level. Read from both outside and within the tower, residents can lay the claim “That’s my tower.”

While great variation can occur through these unit adjacencies, an economy of construction maintains three basic unit types: Studios of 32 sq m, Single Bedrooms of 37 sq m, and Family Units of 42 sq m. Each of these unit towers are unique in their proportion, organization, and color, to serve the varying needs of each tenant type.

Each tower unit is composed of prefabricated concrete elements, which, once assembled into boxes, can be easily mounted onto each other with cast­in steel­plate embeds. The concrete frame is clad with colourful ceramic tiles echoing the common construction material of residential towers in Hong Kong. The modularity of the system and minimal material weight allow for economic fabrication and flexible transport. This system can be aggregated across

scales, from a four­ storey rural housing unit to a tower in the city ­ each time adapting to different ratios of studios, single bedrooms, and family apartments. As a system, the tower unit produces a new typology of residential­living, where daily life is framed within pixels.

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office was awarded 1st Prize for their project Towers within  a  Tower for the 2017 Hong Kong Pixel Homes Competition. Their project responds to current housing shortages in Hong Kong caused by inflationary markets and economic disparity, and uses architecture’s agency to innovate a new form of domesticity.

The WAN Awards Residential category is open and the final deadline for entries is 30th June.

Click here for more details or email wanawards@haymarket.com

Team

Lap Chi Kwong

Alison Von Glinow

In collaboration with Kevin Lamyuktseung

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

www.kwongvonglinow.com

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WAN Business Information team published this competition 24 February 2017. You can view the original brief here.

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