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Kwong Von Glinow design wins Hong Kong Pixel Homes Competition




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Image © Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

Kwong Von Glinow Design Office was awarded 1st Prize for their project Towers within a Tower for the 2017 Hong Kong Pixel Homes Competition.

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Image © Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

Their project responds to current housing shortages in Hong Kong caused by inflationary markets and economic disparity, and uses architecture’s agency to innovate a new form of domesticity.

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Towers within a Tower by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office Our proposal “Towers within a Tower” for Pixel Housing is to bring Hong Kong’s urban verticality into the apartment unit itself. In our proposal, apartment spaces, typically inhabited as horizontal slices, are stacked one atop the other vertically.

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Each apartment unit therefore becomes its own tower. When the units aggregate next to one another, they produce shared outdoor spaces: a local neighborhood at every level. Read from both outside and within the tower, residents can lay the claim “That’s my tower.”

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While great variation can occur through these unit adjacencies, an economy of construction maintains three basic unit types: Studios of 32 m2, Single Bedrooms of 37m2, and Family Units of 42m2. Each of these unit towers are unique in their proportion, organization, and color, to serve the varying needs of each tenant type.

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Each tower unit is composed of prefabricated concrete elements, which, once assembled into boxes, can be easily mounted onto each other with castin steelplate embeds.

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The concrete frame is clad with colorful ceramic tiles echoing the common construction material of residential towers in Hong Kong. The modularity of the system and minimal material weight allow for economic fabrication and flexible transport.

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This system can be aggregated across scales, from a fourstory rural housing unit to a tower in the city each time adapting to different ratios of studios, single bedrooms, and family apartments. As a system, the tower unit produces a new typology of residentialliving, where daily life is framed within pixels. Source by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office.

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  • Location: Hong Kong, China
  • Architect: Kwong Von Glinow Design Office
  • Project Team: Lap Chi Kwong, Alison Von Glinow
  • Collaboration: Kevin Lamyuktseung
  • Year: 2017
  • Images: Courtesy of Kwong Von Glinow Design Office
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Image © Kwong Von Glinow Design Office
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Image © Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

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