//project_ bachelor thesis, architecture
//date_ february 2020
//location_ university of applied sciences, leipzig
//tools_ rhino, grasshopper
//tutor_ prof. reg.-baum. dipl.-ing. anthusa löffler
>...Lifted Community explores an alternative scenario to the controversal reclamation plan by the Hong Kong government. By analyzing existing roof top structures as well as exploring cantonese traditions, a new lifted structure formlates a response to the lack of spaces for interactions, co-living and community in the congested coffin home areas of Hong Kong.
//vision, sham shui po district
//Minimal space, extremely high rents and poor living conditions are characteristic of the metropolis. Over 17% of the population suffers from poverty and struggles to survive every month in one of the most expensive cities in the world. By subdividing the apartment (subdivided housing), rent becomes more affordable for many residents. Unfortunately, in the poorer parts of the city, the apartments are subdivided down to the last square meter. As a result, around 80,000 people live in cage-like dwellings, so-called coffin homes.
//Driven by financial necessity and the ongoing housing shortage, the residents of Hong Kong are seeking for alternatives and are focusing the potential of unused rooftop areas. More and more self-built rooftop settlements are appearing on the roofs of Hong Kong. Precisely because many of the roofs can be reached via the stairwell, a large part of the population gathers on the almost coveted roof areas.
The idea of using the roof as a dwelling, initiated by the population, is to be evaluated, continued and optimized as a concept for my bachelor thesis.
//How do I get from a social cell to a social network? Due to the existing cellular structures, communication, exchange and networking between the residents in Shan Shui Po is limited, but should be indispensable. By opening the building, dissolving vertical and horizontal barriers and implementing social interactive levels, the elevated roof structure should take up this topic again and offer a platform for house and roof dwellers. This process of dilution can be broken down into 9 consecutive steps.
status_quo reference_vertical_structure reference_horizontal_structure extrusion removal_of_vertical_core insertion_of_diagonal_cross_spatial_connector_element dissolving interweaving_of_open_and_structural_substance implementation_of_shared_areas_as_social_connectors