Hosts: Yoshioka-Bunko Foundation  Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.

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June 1, 2020
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Third Place:
Tower with Gaps / Yueqi Sun (China)

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Housing equality is a permanent issue in jam-packed Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the grave situation is expected to keep deteriorating in the following decades:

The 14.96 m2 average housing space of Hong Kong citizen is only a quarter of that in the U.S. and half of Singapore, not to mention those machine-like public housing show only minimal concern of humanity. Meanwhile, it generally takes over 5.5 years for a citizen to access public housing, and the waiting time is continuously increasing due to population growth and less constructible land. Though the predicament seems complicated and chronic, the ever-evolving society and technology do provide opportunities for architects to make a difference.

My proposal is to learn from Hong Kong's long-neglected but ever-changing countryside:

The boundary between urban and rural is already blurred in Hong Kong, for many villages are quite near metro stations. Although highly compacted, those village houses hold the wildest luxuries for public housing – enjoy natural ventilation and skylight through narrow gaps; organically arranged around archway and clan temple; flexibly respond to different owner's need……

So the strategy is to reinterpret such unique typology in a high-density way:

The prototype is the 7x9x9 m 3-floor village house units conform to the local code for village houses. Gaps are introduced by the controlled shifting of these units, while the floor efficiency ratio is kept around 75%, which is economical for high-rises. Flexible clusters of units can adjust to various sites. In that way, with affordable costs, we are able to gain natural air circulation, sunlight, pleasant street scale, and possible public spaces for the community. Residents will no longer feel like being detained in concrete cages but experiencing scenarios resembles village streets.

High density is no doubt inevitable, but we may keep rural housing a poetic lifestyle.


Yueqi Sun
Born in Chongqing, China in 1996 / Currently an undergraduate student of Tsinghua University since 2015 / Worked as an intern in Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) in summer 2019