Related Staff : Holger Kehne
Studio: Holger Kehne
Students: Ka Ki (Vivian) AU, Hei Sung (Hazel) CHAN, Pok Kwan Patrick) CHAN, Kin Fung (Keith) HUI, Xiaodi (Dixon) LI, Jingyun (Jan) LI, Zhi Shengzhi (Aron) LUO, Cheuk Ki (Pasu) MAU, Yeuk Sze (Carrie) NG, Leong Kwan (Ben) TAM, Yu (Shan) TANG, Chau Chuen (Tim) YEUNG
Hong Kong’s urban fabric is characterized by nascent spatial configurations that challenge urbanism’s traditional figure-ground logic. Through local cross-pollination and transmutation processes, density and intense pressures translate into multiple ground planes and blurred boundaries between inside and outside. Public and semi-public become part of a thick and oversaturated weave of podiums and public walkways. Currently merely a series of loosely connected instances from predominantly junk space, they stop short of supplying the public living rooms that a world-class city should enjoy.
From in-depth analysis of the current urban conditions, their material potentials and constraints and the related dynamic forces and flows, the studio developed new types of interstitial structures that add connectivity, new and diverse programmes and spaces. By shifting the overall urban topology towards a rhizomatic system that aligns urbanism and architecture with the hypertext of contemporary media, the work expanded beyond the initial parasitic state to explore symbiotic conditions and catalytic effects upon the surrounding fabric and social dynamics. As such it makes the case for retro-fitting and augmenting existing conditions with context-driven, responsive architecture as opposed to the current pattern of complete replacement.