The Empty Tower

縷中樓

NAPP STUDIO

Manifested by the extreme density and number of towers, Hong Kong’s famous skyline is composed of a colossal cluster of excessive solids without voids. As a manifestation of the rocket-high property prices and developers’ incentives, open public spaces in urban Hong Kong are often capitalized and enjoyed as atriums or corridors in shopping malls, which becomes the “Free-spaces” of the city. Thus, we propose the Empty Tower constructed by voids to create a contradictory image against the solid background of urban Hong Kong yet symbolic to its signature “Free-spaces” as the city’s new icon.

The Empty Tower inverts an abstract, solid tower. The remains from the ghosted floor plates create narrow passageways of various widths surrounding a giant void resembles the “Free-spaces” in malls. Hence, the Empty Tower presents an uncanny tower of voids at the urban scale which forces certain programs to take on an unconventional Hong Kong form.
 

香港著名的天際線,由一幢幢高低錯落的高樓大廈組成,密不透風。適逢地產發展商追求利潤,香港樓價仍然居高不下,香港的公共空間被資本化,購物商場的中庭或走廊因緣際會成為城市的「自由空間」。 因此,「縷中樓」中間縷空的部分與現存的天際線形成強烈對比,成就了新的城市地標,而之外的「自由空間」則象徵著城市空間運用的新概念。

 

「縷中樓」以內外顛倒的形態呈現抽象而實在的大樓。多重層板垂直地堆疊成塔,每一層都是實實在在,不同程度狹隘的走廊,環繞中心,活像城市商場那些不蔓不枝的「自由空間」。「空樓」奢侈地將大樓中心掏空,別於寸金尺土的摩天大樓,而標新立異的外形將會打破傳統密集的天際線。

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