Transitional Micro-Housing - Hong Kong
Designed for the Hong Kong/ Shenzhen Biennale of 2013 the Bamboo Mirco-housing project is a form of transitional housing for the 280,000+ residents living in the city without permanent housing. Inexpensive, sustainable, quick to assemble, the micro-housing is proposed for the interior of industrial buildings in Hong Kong and similar cities throughout southeast Asia. It is envisaged as a temporary solution to house individuals, couple, and families as the seek permanent forms of housing. Provided by the government and not-for-profit organisations the housing utilises the disused industrial space in the city to provide housing at the centre not in rural areas away from transit, family, and resources.
The 2 storey residence was designed and built for the Hong Kong Biennale located at the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier.
Built out of bamboo the house is meant to house an individual or couple and features a living area, kitchenette, bathroom, fold-out dining table, work area, and sleeping quarters.
The walls vary in pattern to provide more privacy or ventilation as needed and feature curved rattan pieces linking the walls and ceiling and providing and sense of depth and connection between spaces in the small dwelling.
The house was created in the belief that small-scale affordable housing need not be poor quality housing. Using local materials a modular system was developed which can meet the needs of the many without housing while costing little to construct in time and money.
Photos by: Luke Hayes & AFFECT-T