Beyond Extrusion

Related Staff : Winy Maas

Studio: Winy Maas (MVRDV/ The Why Factory, TU Delft)
Studio Tutor: Tihamér Salij (The Why Factory, TU Delft, Space Intelligence Agency), Martine Vledder (The Why Factory, PolyLester)
Modeling Tutor: Donn Holohan
Guest critics: Bernard Chang, Steven Lee, Toby Wong, Eunice Seng, Ivan Valin, Tom Verebes
Students: Au Yeung Chun Yu, Chan Fong Tong, Cheng Pok Him, Ching Ka Ho, Henao Granda Jan Esteban, Ho Sheung Hay, Hu Xiangdong, Ko Pak Kan, Li Zhixin, Liu Chuen Yung, Ma Yue, Qin Liting, Tang Tak Shing, Zhang Zihui , Wen Fan, Wu Yucong, Xie Junni, Chan Ho Yin , Chong Sai Bond , Ng Man Hei Han Xiao

Hong Kong Tower Revolution

The housing market in Hong Kong seems to be dominated by the standard norm of a monotonous vertical extrusion of the most efficient and most profitable floor plan. Strict Hong Kong planning laws result in housing with minimal quality. Yes the necessary quantity of houses are provided, yet there is much potential to provide higher quality housing.

In contrast to other global cities, and with the growth of the middle class, the repetitive design lacks variation in size of units, outdoor space, diversity in typologies, ecology as well as architectural excitement.

In general the following qualities could be inserted: higher ceilings, better views, more diversity (in program and use), more flexibility, more sharing, more outdoor spaces, , more collective spaces, more natural cooling, more green, more water maintenance, more excitement! ; all elements that ‘open up’ the tower, adding porosity that creates potential for more quality of living.

This studio explored various concepts for housing towers beyond the current extrusion model.

By testing the current Hong Kong housing regulations and exploring new indicators with which Hong Kong’s quality of housing can be improved and will lead to innovative housing towers beyond the principles of the current standard extrusion model.

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