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Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong House W Pok Fu Lam Hong Kong

House W, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Year: 2011- 2012
Main Use: Residential
Site Area: 80 sqm
Bldg. Area: 80 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 300 sqm
Storeys: 3.5

The site is situated on a hillside looking onto the South China Sea with Lamma and Lantau Island across the East and West Lamma Channel and the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir with the Country Park situated at the back. House W is set within one of the most tranquil and scenic locations in the Hong Kong Island. Cargo ships cross the channels day in and day out, witnessing every detail of change within the natural landscape and built environment; forming a perfect framework not only for dwelling, but also carving within its landscape a home for the mind to rest and reflect.



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Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong House W Pok Fu Lam Hong Kong

Long section -  the main axis connecting hill side and sea side; Cross section 1; Cross section 2 (left to right).

 

 
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Ground floor entrance (left); First floor, view towards South China Sea (right).




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The project unfolds as sequence of past family stories and events were told; nothing in a linear dimension and yet every fragment seemed to happen for reasons as they led to new directions. As we begin to record these life events in fine details, it was obvious that the house would become a container that could enable time to exist in multiple dimensions.

Respecting history, memories and time as an integral part of the structures, layers of added materials are stripped down to reveal its original concrete structure. The two spaces on either side of the stair and service core are designed to maximize site potentials and flexibility to adapt to potential future changes. To redefine time as a continuum process, new insertions are designed to enhance and compliment what had been there for years; fair face concrete, parquet timber flooring and new oak ply furniture are used to form the primary material palette. 


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The design promotes holistic sustainable strategies by taking rational and economic measures throughout all stages of the design process. While most of the Hong Kong architecture tends to overlook the value of good insulation or high-performance glazing, the project presents great opportunity to improve the building energy performance by replacing the existing single glazed windows and opening up structures to allow for cross ventilation. The initial investment towards the sustainable design will greatly reduce the energy consumption in the long run. Although air conditioning system will be introduced as an alternative means of cooling the building in extreme summer conditions and as a response to the Hong Kong market standards, the design promotes sustainability as part of a holistic concept.

The architecture expresses an approach beyond contemporary form and aesthetics; its attention to pragmatic details and simplification of every process consistently redefine the concept of human needs. 



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