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)
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)
Our design is built to accommodate the refugees of Hong Kong who often are put on hold and don’t have proper homes or space to live and comfortably enjoy themselves. Sometimes they need to scrape their way through, but our community center will provide housing as well as schools and proper entertainment facilities for them.
Explain what your design is inspired by. What ideas and inspirations helped shape your design? Use specific examples from your model to share.
We wanted to give a cool, clean look to our buildings that blend in with the rest of Hong Kong but with a nice twist. We started with some small ideas, like having tall buildings and a large field to play in, until we were inspired by the Hong Kong flag’s flower, and decided to make out buildings in the shape of the petals around a round field.
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 it being located somewhere with very busy cities, so the refugees can go visit other places and be able to access other resources that we don’t have available. So somewhere like Kowloon.
Explain why your building is relevant. What needs are you meeting and how are you doing that?
Our buildings meet many standard needs like housing (4 of our 5 buildings are purely apartments) while there are also education centers, exercise rooms, libraries and medical attention in the other buildings to help the refugees meet their everyday living requirements. There’s also a field and walking area in the center for people to stretch their legs and interact with each other.
On the tops of the buildings, there are greenhouses that can provide not only beauty but also can be used to grow food.
How are you addressing the need of beauty in your design? (How is your design contributing to making life more beautiful?)
As I said, the greenhouses above can provide some beauty (we added some small flowers there, if you can see) along with a nice, bushy field to walk around. I guess all the buildings themselves are pretty, with large glass windows to look out of with a modern design. (We didn’t get time to make them though, so you can’t see in our model.)
What design element are your most proud of?
I’m proud of the petal shaped buildings because they were really hard to bend and create, and the glasshouses on top were also hard to stick together without looking too messy. We had to create the petal shapes out of foamboard, two for every building, and then glue paper to form around it’s shape. It took a lot of time and patience. And the glass was harder, as we didn’t know how to stick pieces together without it looking weird/obviously messy (like sticking tape on it.) It did end up looking pretty messy, haha, but we had to spend a long time holding the pieces together and waiting for the glue to dry.
What design element needs further refinement and improvement?
I think our glasshouses could need some work as their edges are not smoothly aligned. And I think if we had more time we could put in some more peek-in rooms, like we did with a library on one building.
In your opinion, how important is architecture? Provide a definition of architecture and explain its relevance in your life and in our society.
How important is architecture? Well, technically buildings will function the same, despite pretty or not pretty. We could all have square, brick, boring houses and it’d function the same way. But is it interesting? The beauty of architecture is the fact that it brings great beauty to buildings. It gives character to each shop, home and complex. Architecture, good architecture, is what makes looking outside worth doing.