Current vertical development in the contemporary city is an expression of economical commodity. This is especially true in Hong Kong where high land value and population density prevail. The economically driven vertical city is manifested in the small urban grid and podium tower typology. While most prominent areas are dedicated to consumption driven activities, this typology reflects a negligence to the people in the city.
Street life in Hong Kong is an important element in the city. It is a vibrant, dynamic environment with unlimited possibilities for its citizens. This wealth could be further enjoyed through the manifestation of new building development. As the pedestrian street becomes too saturated and can no longer cater to the needs of the people, going vertical is unavoidable.
Archi-Urban Hybrid pursues a high dense vertical development from the prospective of the people instead of pure economical drive. However, the project does not intend to sacrifice commercial activities, rather a mix and balance to achieve mutual gain.
The selected site is located in Mong Kok, one of the high-dense, mixed-use urban areas in Hong Kong with a lack of public space. Continuity, variety of experience, dynamic interaction between people, and intimacy of scale are all crucial to the success of the urban fabric. The continuity (circulation, space, visual or programming) to the current successful street life is crucial. Due to the relatively small site, the adopted approach breaks down the mass by layers and wraps them in circulation/public space to create continuity. The variety of experience is further intensified by the various public programs along the outdoor oblique deck.