Tower of Air

MCKEE Chad/HKU

What can we do about heat in Hong Kong? Due to the competing pressures of land scarcity, population growth, and a warm sub-tropical climate, Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings are growing taller, more compact, and more dependent upon energy to stay cool. Hong Kong’s dense urban environment obstructs the steady prevailing airflows from the sea, thus creating a complex array of urban heat islands and vertical micro-climates squeezed between tall buildings. The Tower of Air project strives to make visible the unseen creative potential of urban ventilation by simulating and visualizing air movement inside and outside of a high-rise residential building. Priority is placed upon the cooling effects of shade and spatial porosity to create a new breathable urban architecture for Hong Kong.

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