Prefab Pencil Tower
CARLOW Jason, JAN Henao (Sponsored by Speedtop HK)
Prefab Pencil Tower NO CHINESE NO CHINESE This tower project pushes the limits of domestic space by proposing a set of micro apartments, within an ultra-slender, pencil-tower building typology. The apartment units are only 1.5 meters wide and wrapped around a central core. The interior spaces take advantage of an older Hong Kong building code loophole that allowed developers to gain additional Gross Floor Area (GFA) by expanding residential space through the use of projecting window volumes. The projections are made from pre-fabricated panels that clip onto a structural core/slab system. Spaces for living, dining, working and sleeping are built directly into the facade. These inhabitable window volumes position the occupant precariously between a residential interior and an urban exterior. Window units are sized and shaped in response to each domestic activity. Room types can be sequenced differently on each floor according to the desires of the architect or developer. Flexible sequencing projects different modes of living spaces to the exterior of the building offering visual relief from other otherwise monotonously extruded forms of typical high rise towers. By adding variation and flexibility to the micro-apartment, the project poses a critical argument toward typical Hong Kong towers with repetitive building forms and ever shrinking unit sizes.