a joint competition project with Ka Chi Law ( UCL Bartlett School of Architecture student ) to design a flexible typology of housing, which aims to create merged spaces through bamboo extensions.
The essence of Hong Kong people’s values are based on an interdependent relationship: round tables with shared plates during all meals – the act of giving and receiving in major festive occasions to friends and family. This extension creates a communal social space within homes that are culturally appropriate to share, as this flexible mentality maximises the spatial qualities within tiny flats. This living schematic aims to harmonise alienated inhabitants in mass-produced housing - delicate mechanisms are integrated into the existing architecture to reinforce the communal bond between neighbours in Chinese culture.
The narrative is set in Oi Man Estate, one of the early government-built housing projects in response to Hong Kong’s overpopulated state. Our design caters to low-income residents, accentuating simple pleasures in their daily routines with speculative design, whilst further enriching concepts of sharing and maximising space utility in a flexibly curated environment.