The aim is to explore architectural and urban design alternatives through a focused investigation of e-pathy habitat that addresses the social agenda of livability, affordability, empathy, and resilience. The studio was research-based and trying to investigate new options of urban planning and living for the Kowloon City Bay Area.
"As implied by the site context and its adjacent development history, the issues are multi-tasking where the proposed area should be ‘habitats’ to fulfill collective cultural desires, to realize the public interests, to accommodate the ecological restoration within the post-reclaimed waterfronts, and to co-habit the pressing needs of aged and youth communities."
— wallace chang
You enter the island as it were, you enter another world. green space surrounds you. you can feel the vibrant city while exploring new spaces and quiet corners. Stepping into your new home in harmony with water and the city.
Different housing typologies at the site offer various living spaces and neighbourhoods. The megastructures were introduced to create enough density on the island as well as for identification reasons. The new building type offers a point of identification for the residents with its landmark character. Besides the huge building blocks, there are two other housing types: The floating islands, that are inspired by the floating fish farm structures existing in this area, as well as a village-like structure that offers the possibility of owning your own home translated into a dense Hong Kong like version.
For a more in-depth look at the housing units, I decided to work on the superblocks. I developed 10 different unit types that offer different qualities due to the needs of its different users. From single user units up to shared family and student units until penthouse units.