Unit 4: Community Center for Refugees in HK

1) You will be graded on including photographs as documentary evidence of your work. Upload the following:

  • 1 overhead view and 2 side view perspectives drawings AND any preliminary designs made
  • 3 or more photos of your building model from different angles (including wide angle and close up photographs)

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Written Reflection:

2) Explain who your design is for. Who makes up the particular community? (You may have to do some research or think back to Ms. Chan’s talk)

This design was best fit for a refugee community center. This building that we designed had both the apartment blocks for the refugees and a community facilities for refugees such as a pool, a garden, a rooftop and a fireplace. We began this process by making a brain frame to outline the needs of the refugees and how we were going to meet them. For example, the need safety was met by having locks and a security system. The who of who makes up this particular community are obviously the refugees. The refugees living in this complex are not at the best time of their life right now and all I would that we could do is make it as enjoyable as possible. 

3) Explain what your design is inspired by. What ideas and inspirations helped shape your design? Use specific examples from your model to share.

Our design is inspired by modern architecture and having lots of openness and glass. This was portrayed in our sculpture because we had a cylinder that was entirely covered in glass which made the greenery and water stand out even more. Ideas such as buildings near nature that were made out of glass which were eco-friendly inspired the process of the building of our sculpture.

4) Explain where you envision your design to be located (in Hong Kong) AND how that shaped your building design (Think back to Mr. Leung’s talk)

From Mr. Leung’s talk, I can envision our sculpture to be somewhere in the New Territories for two main reasons. The first reason because our sculpture has a lot of nature and such around which would be perfect in the New Territories where there is less touched land. Secondly, our building is very large, therefore it would only be feasible to have a building that size in an area where land is less expensive.


5) Explain why your building is relevant. What needs are you meeting and how are you doing that?

Our building is relevant for many reasons. The first reason being that not everyone in Hong Kong have the luxury of being near nature and greenery, however in our building, we have surrounded the building in greenery and nature so that the building and its surroundings are more visually appealing. Secondly, there is a big safety component that was met during the building of our building. This idea was inspired from the Kowloon Walls City where the crime rates were incredibly high. We thought to battle this by having an intricate security system where you can only reach your flat if you have your key. Thirdly, the need of community is being met by having the first two floors of our building just being community centers such as pools, lounges and gyms.


6) How are you addressing the need of beauty in your design? (How is your design contributing to making life more beautiful?)

The need of beauty is very heavily being addressed in our building. If one were to look at our building, it is needless to say that it is quite visually appealing. This is because of all the greenery including trees that have taken over the surroundings of our building. Additionally, I had the idea of including real rocks from the HKIS garden to give it a more nature effect. Thirdly, we created a water stream that went through the outside area of the building which brought water into our building. Fourthly, having a rooftop that had a fireplace which represents community to me and having trees on the roof are such a huge sign of beauty. Lastly, the glass that outlines the entire building allows the building to be even more beautiful because everything is clear.

7) What design element are your most proud of?

The design element that I am most proud of the actual making of our building. This was done by first sketching and planning out our ideas. Then, we traced styrofoam paper to create circular levels for the building. Following that, we then made a clear, small cylinder in the middle of the structure to hold the floors up, which also doubled as a glass elevator. To finish it off, we then used clear plastic to outline the building with the help of clear, double sided tape.

8) What design element needs further refinement and improvement?

I think that we could have improved on making the tree more withstanding. The trees that we built were indeed good however there was much room for improvement. There was constant trouble of holding the trees up so that they would not fall down. We would have always glue back trees that have fallen over. Additionally, the leaves on the trees were made very messily which did on one hand give a rough effect that was nice but then on the other hand it looked messy and unput together.

9) In your opinion, how important is architecture? Provide a definition of architecture and explain its relevance in your life and in our society.

The definition of architecture is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings. The relevance of architecture in our life and in our society is so prevalent but sometimes we forget how much it is. Every building we walk into, every sculpture that is standing all made through the beautiful process of architecture. Without architecture, we would not have the buildings that we spend most of our time in, we would not have the beautiful homes and houses that hold and family’s life and we would not have buildings that hold up our society. Before this project, I had little to no interest in the study and process of architecture and building buildings. However, no that we have finished this project, I can say that I am very interested in exploring architecture even more in the future. 

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