Residential Tower HK: Social Incubator

香港‧住宅‧社會孵化器­

REISER Jesse, UMEMOTO Nanako

With light, air and living space in Hong Kong at a premium this projects seeks to address the increasing demand for housing all of its citizens; recognizing the increasing social disparity and economic segregation between rich and poor. RUR proposes a 35 storey prototypical mixed income residential tower for a maximum of 230 permanent and transient residents. The L shaped floorplan is comprised of residential cells in a portalized concrete eggcrate structure along one arm of the L and vertical and horizontal circulation along the other arm. The eggcrate scheme allows for maximum flexibility while defining space and views with a strong spatial and material tectonic. While the mix of incomes within the tower is flexible, the proposed population mix is 72.5% low, 24 % middle, and 3.5% high; the range of residential arrangements allows for many possible ways of living. At one extreme a wealthy resident may occupy an entire floor of the tower and utilize the cells enfilade. However those wishing a communal lifestyle may occupy the entire floor with a mix of private and public spaces, interior and exterior, at their discretion. Likewise middle scale aggregation of cells can be configured for families; down to single cells for both permanent and transient residents. An essential aspect of this building is the portalized eggcrate superstructure, vertical circulation, and garden “eggs” which comprise the only fixed construction. All glazing, infill, and partitions would be movable depending on the desires of the residents or intended residential mix, periodic wet cores allow for maximum flexibility locating kitchens and bathrooms. Hong Kong has witnessed the relentless reduction of community space both in the public realm and within buildings; supplanting the life in neighborhoods with spaces of mass consumption continues unabated. The tower offers the possibility of thinking a sectional idea of communal space: what the courtyard and the corridors offered in the old city will be reborn in the tower. A series of variably scaled garden “eggs” punctuate the tower from top to bottom. While they are sectionally independent of the floor slabs they network to the residences in their sectional neighborhood. These eggs become communal incubators both for traditional or non-traditional extended families and neighbors alike. The ovoid morphology is deliberately foreign to the normative spaces of dwelling. Being thrust into a different material and formal universe is meant to disrupt habit and routine – encouraging novel encounters with ones’ neighbors. The eggs become vessels for different gardens types based upon dry and wet media and can be used for meditation, exercise, taking tea, and other community events.

 

在陽光與清潔空氣價值萬金、貧富差距嚴重的香港,本設計方案旨在解決全港市民住的需求。RUR提出的35層住宅方案,將是一座為所有收入階層人們設計的家,最多可容納230位永久及暫時居民。L型的平面配置,一側為住宅單元與混凝土蛋殼狀的生活空間,另一側則匯聚垂直和水準動線。形似蛋箱構造的方案讓使用變得靈活,其造型和構造定義空間感和視線焦點。本設計假設的人口組合為72.5%低收入,24%為一般收入,3.5%為高收入居民,但是蛋箱構造的建築形式允許多種住宅組合方式,並能滿足各階層的生活型態。比方說,高收入居民可以選擇獨佔整層並打通所有單位,而喜歡與社區互動的人們可以選擇性保留私人及公共單位;大家庭可以使用多個單位,小家庭可使用較少單位。在這座建築裡,只有蛋箱結構體、垂直動線、和花園是固定的,適當間隔的管道間可供浴廁及廚房彈性設置,室內牆和玻璃等都可以根據住客需要自由改造。香港正處於公共空間不斷減少的時代,商業空間正大量占據原本屬於人們的生活空間。這座社會孵化器由剖面思考公共空間的可能性:傳統天井與宅院迴廊在立體城市中重生。一系列不同尺度的奇異蛋形花園空間穿透在居住單元中,這些公共空間與居住空間相互滲透,並呼應小中見大的傳統園林思想,擴大人們對實際空間的感受。多元背景的人們會在這樣與一般居住空間截然不同的新奇空間相遇,更充分深化鄰居們互動的火花。這些或草木或水塘的蛋型花園將成為人與人之間互動的溫床,各種人文閒適活動如品茶、冥想、運動等等都可以自由的在其中發生。

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