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Unit Fusion Housing Project by Y Design Office
Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 |

International design and research collaborative Y Design Office has sent us the proposal Unit Fusion, a modular, plug-in high-rise residential typology for Hong Kong. As of yet, the 75-story tower project is still in its conceptual design phase.

The plug-in process of a customized unit begins... (Image: Y Design Office)

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The plug-in process of a customized unit begins... (Image: Y Design Office)

Project Description from the Architects:

Under rapid housing developments in the past years, Hong Kong has benefited much in terms of economy. However, important values such as value in sense of community and individual identity were lost. This thesis hereby critically reviews current and past housing projects in Hong Kong and stating the notion of verticality as the only solution. The ambition is a new alternative high-rise residential typology, in which its inhabitants are given unique units and allocations in accordance to specific zoning strategy within a tower structure, thus creating a phenomenal living experience through bonding and acquiring needs by each and every single individual. It is a re-interpretation of the balance between genericity and specificity aiming at formulating an extraordinary democratic living concept.

A new alternative high-rise residential typology integrates within WKCD urban environment (Image: Y Design Office)

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A new alternative high-rise residential typology integrates within WKCD urban environment (Image: Y Design Office)

Overall view of tower at 20% occupancy stage (Image: Y Design Office)

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Overall view of tower at 20% occupancy stage (Image: Y Design Office)

empowerment of individuality

A catalog of 1,960 unique residential units that reflects the importance of individual identity is provided- at the same time, it enables the owners as individuals to choose their own unit types from XS to XL, custom-fit to their own features, namely kitchen, bathroom/powder, closet, balcony, entry/fa?ade in accordance to their specific needs. All unit types are formulated based on the primitive cubic size of 2.6m x 2.6m x 2.6m, ranging from 4 to 20 cubes that would define their unit types: XS, S, M, L, XL. Also each unit feature is highly modularized such that it enables open configuration and arrangement in the interior, accommodating each individual’s needs. Life cycle of each unit is approximately 30 years, and maintenance will be on a 5-year-basis to ensure high quality living condition.

Re-locating to 30th floor at west orientation to contribute to the expansion of the network and experience full capacity of the tower (Image: Y Design Office)

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Re-locating to 30th floor at west orientation to contribute to the expansion of the network and experience full capacity of the tower (Image: Y Design Office)

Exploring a new west ocean view (Image: Y Design Office)

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Exploring a new west ocean view (Image: Y Design Office)

Embracing panoramic view at the private exterior space - custom feature balcony (Image: Y Design Office)

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Embracing panoramic view at the private exterior space - custom feature balcony (Image: Y Design Office)

empowerment of network

The overall architectural settings of the units generate an extremely complex, yet harmonic living network. The network adapts through time in terms of location, zoning and orientation. Every 5 years each unit will be re-located and contribute to the expansion of the network in order to achieve improved and stronger social bonding in-between units. The 30-year life-cycle of a unit fundamentally engages 6 different locations throughout the tower. There is also a plug in & out mechanical system for the re-allocation of the units within a 4-month period for the capacity of 1,940 units.

Enjoying Victoria Harbor view with double-height living space at 65th floor, south orientation (Image: Y Design Office)

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Enjoying Victoria Harbor view with double-height living space at 65th floor, south orientation (Image: Y Design Office)

Delivering customized unit to the site (Image: Y Design Office)

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Delivering customized unit to the site (Image: Y Design Office)

empowerment of participation

Diversity of public programs generates an energetic community. Each public program situates specific area of each floor [sky-garden], every five floors [sky-lobby] and each zone [four zone at 3rd, 20th, 40th, 60th and 75th floors] to provide public services for the users, as well as providing high dynamic pedestrian connections between floors. An intimate social fellowship and physical community are made possible by variety in activities.

Diverse public programs at specific areas on each floor; every five floor, public zones are intended to serve the public (Image: Y Design Office)

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Diverse public programs at specific areas on each floor; every five floor, public zones are intended to serve the public (Image: Y Design Office)

Experiencing

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Experiencing "The Street" - bridge/atrium/corridor/sky garden spaces from the core towards the residential units (Image: Y Design Office)

unity

The overall parameter of the tower is highly articulated such that the tower itself would be greatly responsive to specific site conditions. Each condition, namely the surrounding environment such as the sun angle, wind direction and historical axis, defines the zoning, orientation and occupancy location of the tower. Within each unique residential unit, as well as the entire living network, the tower generates a phenomenal architectural experience.

Model making (Photo: Tony Yam)

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Model making (Photo: Tony Yam)

Project Details:

Project: Unit Fusion - a new alternative high-rise residential typology
Architect: Y Design Office
Location: WKCD, Hong Kong
Building Type: tower / prefabricated unit
Building Height: 427.5m
Number of Dwellings: 1940
Date Built: concept design
Dwelling Types: XS, S, M, L, XL 18 types [27.4sqm to 133.38sqm; studio, 1,2,3 BR]
No. Floors: 75 floors
Floor to floor: 5.7m
Section Type: plug-in unit on slab corridor
Exterior Finish Materials: prefab. steel panel/glass panel
Construction Type: prefab. steel and precast reinforced concrete
Ancillary Services: urban park, entertainment/food&cafe, shopping, art & cultural, recreation, sky-garden/observation
Total GFA [90% unit plug-in]: 166,874sq

Dreaming of ideal home - unit L16 (Image: Y Design Office) Selecting your favorite unit type with specific custom features from catalog (Image: Y Design Office) Unit type: L16, plans and perspectives (Image: Y Design Office) Unit type: L16, plans and axo (Image: Y Design Office) Networking diagram (Image: Y Design Office) Programmatic diagram and community diagram (Image: Y Design Office) Site plan and construction diagram (Image: Y Design Office) Views diagram and occupancy diagram (Image: Y Design Office) Building section and typical floor plan (Image: Y Design Office) Project poster (Image: Y Design Office)


Comments:
buildingscience
Friday, January 04, 2013
This is awful. While interestingly "modular", it will be a thermal nightmare, leak like a sieve, and will be virtually impossible to clean. Just stop.

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