Hand sketch study about the site (Hongkong Central)


HongKong Central (concret jungle)

When faced with the challenge of a lack of available land, Hong Kong decided to look up. Today, Asia’s world city has more than 7,600 skyscrapers, high-rises and other iconic buildings that make it a living showcase of the best in international contemporary architecture

Source: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/au/see-do/culture-heritage/modern-architecture/index.jsp#ixzz3nk4Vi7yi


Public housing in Hong Kong is a set of mass housing programmes through which the Government of Hong Kong provides affordable housing for lower-income residents. It is a major component of housing in Hong Kong, with nearly half of the population now residing in some form of public housing.The public housing policy dates to 1954, after a fire in Shek Kip Mei destroyed thousands of shanty homesend of 1953 and prompted the government to begin constructing homes for the poor.

Public housing is mainly built by the Hong Kong Housing Authority and the Hong Kong Housing Society. Rents and prices are significantly lower than those for private housing and are heavily subsidised by the government, with revenues partially recovered from sources such as rents and charges collected from car parks and shops within or near the residences.

Many public housing estates are built in the new towns of the New Territories, but urban expansion has left some older estates deep in central urban areas. They are found in every district of Hong Kong except in Wan Chai District. The vast majority of public housing is providing in high-rise buildings, and recent blocks usually comprise 40 or more storeys.

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The term tong lau (Chinese: 唐樓) is used to describe tenement buildings built in late 19th century to the 1960s in Hong Kong, Macau, southern China and Taiwan. Designed for both residential and commercial uses, they are similar in style and function to the shophouses of Southeast Asia.

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HongKong tenement house has got its own traditional ventilation system by designing ‘Share’ level which allows natural wind come in to that level then spread into other levels in the building.


Hybrid space diagram represents horizontal and vertical ventilation interacting human living spaces in high density context.

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According to all the research and typical building study in HongKong, I am keen on bring Vertical back to Horizontal.


  1. Choi, Barry (30 June 1975). “Housing means more than a roof” (PDF). South China Morning Post. Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  2. Choi, Barry (14 October 1978). “Focus on small flats” (PDF). South China Morning Post. Retrieved 7 February 2007.
  3. Lee, Mary (7 March 1980). “A disorderly house policy” (PDF). Far Eastern Economic Review. Retrieved 29 January 2007.
      1. Aged public housing estates included in the Comprehensive Structural Investigation Programme
  4. “Urban Renewal Authority – 186–190, Queen’s Road East”. Ura.org.hk. Retrieved 22 February 2012.

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