Skyscraper in Hong Kong 

BRIEF: A project focusing on architecture and the reality of design. Inspired by Zwardon’s years spent living in Hong Kong. 


The proposal consists of a single framework tower, which rather than relying on the usual top down prescriptions of space, has been conceived and ‘designed’ in full awareness of the modern context in which it is intended to exist. Instead of adhering to supposedly ‘correct’ distributions of function and utility, the design provides the minimum requirements for a continuation of the conditions found in the area which surrounds the proposal, the island of Hong Kong. 


The framework tower which comprises the project is generally responsible for providing the possibility of 9-meter spaces, which are to be constructed (and then manipulated) according to the tenant’ s/user’s desires. All form and aesthetic decisions (away from the framework) cease to be of any architectural relevance within the project. 


The tower provides the minimum requirements for the seemingly minimum acceptable amount of space required by the Hong Kong citizens (who live in buildings such as the one studied), along with the minimum safety requirements for local planning standards. The building can be seen as a contained urban unit. In theory, it is even possible to house its own internal economy. Everything is provided within the structure for a developed society, residential spaces, international markets, imports/exports etc.