PROJECT TEAM: VAMSI KRISHNA VEMURI, REBECCA NAYAGAM, ROBERTO BARBOSA,
Hong Kong is one of the most expensive and densely populated cities on Earth. With over 7 million people living on an island just 1,102 square km in size, where the population is constantly struggling for space. Like other major cities around the world, Hong Kong is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis.
The strict limitations on space mean that there is a capped supply of housing on the island. A limited supply, paired with ever-growing demand, has caused Hong Kong housing prices to skyrocket. Helping to ease this problem, Pixel-Homes.HK is our proposal, utilizing the last remaining pixel-sized spots of the land to accommodate affordable residential buildings that will help alleviate the city’s housing crisis and support its low and middle-class community struggle for the basic necessity.
The proposal draws inspiration from ‘Cities without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook’ written by Adam Framption. Frampton states, based on his analysis, that Hong Kong is a city which exits without a ground. Both physically and culturally, as it is built on steep slopes (hence it has no ground plane) and also it has no concept of a ground. In addition, one can observe that density in the city reduces the figure ground relationships that exist in most other cities. As a result, this has a profound affect on how public and private spatial relationships are defined. As taken from an excerpt in Frampton’s book, in Hong Kong perception of distance and time is distorted through compact networks of pedestrian infrastructure, public transport and natural topography in the urban landscape. without a ground, there can be no figure either’.
Buildings from the surrounding site are composed in modular units of housing and circulation. These modulations are defined as ‘units’ and can be composed into mass housing structures. The size of composition is dependant on the housing need and necessity of that particular locality.
The horizontal landscape and the pockets of space between the buildings are treated as the ‘Site’. Modulations are built in correspondence to the Urban fabric.
SITE LOCATION & CITY ELEMENTS
PIXEL CONFIGURATIONS: FIGURE - FIGURE RELATIONSHIPS
PIXEL HOMES CIRCULATION AND ASSEMBLIES
PIXEL HOMES CROSS SECTION THROUGH THE COMPLEX