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.
Long section - the main axis connecting hill side and sea side; Cross section 1; Cross section 2 (left to right).
Ground floor entrance (left); First floor, view towards South China Sea (right).
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.
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.
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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