Digital Terracotta

數碼化 紅陶磚

LANGE Christian

Architecture is, in essence, a material practice based on technology and craftsmanship. In Hong Kong, the ubiquitous tower is the kernel of this practice. However, shaped by tight building code and the paradigm of standardization, the tower of today still represents mostly the technology of the past. In light of the industrial revolution 4.0, this project postulates that the typology is up for a radical shift. The “Digital Terracotta” tower suggests a model for Hong Kong’s vertical fabric that innovates through a new material system. Robotically controlled terracotta extrusions that are tailored to specific conditions offer an alternative to today's material practice. Terracotta has a long history within the Chinese context, yet nowadays the material has been diminished to dull façade tiles. The project, therefore, suggests revitalizing principles of the past with the technology of today to alter our built environment in Hong Kong in a sustainable way. The global form of the proposition is reminiscence to Hong Kong’s typical tower configuration. Based on Park Avenue’s Tower in Tai Kok Tsui it suggests a model that goes beyond extrusion and provides an alternative approach to massing strategies for the city.


建築的本質,是一門基於技術和工藝的材料應用。香港普遍的大廈就是實踐這些應用的核心。然而,由於嚴格的建築規範和標準化的樣式,今天的大廈仍然主要應用過往的技術。鑑於工業革命4.0,該項目是假設這種類型的建築正要發生根本性的轉變。這個“數碼化紅陶磚” 的模型為香港的垂直城市結構提供創新的建造材料和技術。由機械控制的紅陶磚能配合不同的特硃場合,是現今建造材料的新選擇。紅陶磚在中國的歷史中有著悠久的歷史,但是現在這種材料已經被貶為平淡的外牆磚了。因此,該項目建議以當今的技術振興過去的原則,以可持續的方式改變我們在香港的建築環境。這個全球化的主張形式是對香港典型大廈結構的回憶。以大角咀公園大道的柏景灣住宅為基礎,它突破香港一般的倒模形式,並為城市的集體策略提供另一種方法。

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