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This project explores the preservation of Hong Kong's identity through sustainable regeneration of the 1950s Tong Lau. The city's constant demolition and profit-driven cultures have impeded the development of a distinct architectural identity. The investigated district of Kowloon City currently faces the imminent displacement of its aging community to accommodate large-scale housing developments. In response, this project proposes an alternative vision that prioritises local communities, and seeks to conserve Hong Kong's lost cultures through adaptive reuse. The project also aims to revive the forgotten material of timber, using it as a bridge to connect Hong Kong's future architectural identity with its pre-colonial past. By establishing a symbiotic relationship with the existing fabric, the project ultimately seeks to develop regenerative strategies across various scales.
By parasitically inserting lightweight structures into the existing structures, the local cultures can be sustained through new interpretations in timber.
Constructed in different phases, existing communities can be retained through new housing units built on an overarching transfer structure.
Divided into three approaches, the tenement blocks will either be rebuilt as new recreational spaces, modified into residential units, or refurbished for commercial use.
Comprehensive overview of the project by zooming in on various scales.
Experiments to dissolve the boundaries between digital film and physical prototypes.