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)
My design is generally made for refugees. In particular, children. We have incorporated several playful aspects that are fun and designed for younger people. We have also taken the liberty to include classrooms and a library to make sure nobody is deprived of their education. The community also consists of parents, so in general, our community center is one for families to enjoy. We have outdoor areas along with a swimming pool for we know Hong Kong can get very warm.
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 wasn’t inspired by anything in particular. I was sick the day we started drawing the floor plans, and when I returned my partner had a completely different idea of what we were going to do and we later decided to stick to simplicity and modern architecture. Everyday architects are designing something new, and we are able to see the changes they have made over the years. They have started incorporating more glass into the buildings along with adding more skyscrapers. We decided to stick to the modern theme and built upwards because Hong Kong is a crowded place where open space isn’t easy to find.
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)
I envision our building to be somewhere where there are surrounding buildings, but not anywhere near Central or Causeway bay, for they are too busy. Somewhere around Sai Kung or Clearwater Bay where the air is cleaner and it’s not too busy.
5) Explain why your building is relevant. What needs are you meeting and how are you doing that?
Our building is relevant because refugees and finding places for them to stay is a problem in Hong Kong due to our limited space and growing population. In our design, we offer shelter, food and water, community space where people are allowed to stay and hang out, classrooms, places where literature is available and housing.
6) How are you addressing the need of beauty in your design? (How is your design contributing to making life more beautiful?)
Our design is definitely addressing beauty by having all windows surrounding the building and including a rooftop garden and pool. I think living in a beautiful place will definitely help with the feeling of comfort and safety.
7) What design element are your most proud of?
The design element I’m most proud of is we have a huge glass cylinder going up through the building. I feel we’re incorporating modern design with community. At the bottom on the ground floor, we plan to have the cylinder the main community area and have it stretch up to the ceiling to define the space and take advantage of it.
8) What design element needs further refinement and improvement?
The design element that needs improvement is the building itself. I wasn’t cautious enough with my measurements and the floor almost seems to be getting bigger the higher up it goes. Although it looks cool, I feel it would be more slick if it remained one rectangle going up.
9) In your opinion, how important is architecture? Provide a definition of architecture and explain its relevance in your life and in our society.
Architecture is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings. It is relevant to me because living in Hong Kong I am always surrounded by buildings. Hong Kong is densely populated and not a very big island. In order for people to live here, the buildings we build have to go upwards in order not to take up too much space and still house many people. Being in Hong Kong means I travel quite often for it is a very international city. I travel all over Asia and get to experience different forms of architecture and how it changes due to culture and economy.