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Corner

by Annette Chu & Gigi Chu


Inspired by the bi-directional reading of punched letters and patterns on the folding metal gates, we asked a question: how shall one perceive this 1960s tenement building (“tong lau”) at the corner of Tai Ping Shan Street and Upper Station Street? Where two streets meet, the building at the corner has its two facades in view. When you are frontal to one façade, the other will be at perpendicular. Vice versa, the degree of viewing to both facades will always add up to 90. True? We first honestly express the four storeys of residential units by four arrays of aluminium sections, with sizes and spacing resembling the construction of the metal gates. Deliberately, one side of each section is of a different colour. Let it be silver. And with a progressive turn of 2 degree, each section is at a slightly different angle. Light. Reflection. Movement of people. Various degrees of ‘redness’ are seen. A pottery gallery has moved in to the ground floor and basement, forming part of the informal art network in this neighbourhood. Above, there are two studios and one duplex residential unit where a rich palette of colour and materials are introduced. Foldable windows are introduced on Upper Station Street façade, giving the possibility of opening up the interior to a quiet street in the city. Photographer: William Au-Yeung, Bo

Corner
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by Annette Chu & Gigi Chu


Inspired by the bi-directional reading of punched letters and patterns on the folding metal gates, we asked a question: how shall one perceive this 1960s tenement building (“tong lau”) at the corner of Tai Ping Shan Street and Upper Station Street? Where two streets meet, the building at the corner has its two facades in view. When you are frontal to one façade, the other will be at perpendicular. Vice versa, the degree of viewing to both facades will always add up to 90. True? We first honestly express the four storeys of residential units by four arrays of aluminium sections, with sizes and spacing resembling the construction of the metal gates. Deliberately, one side of each section is of a different colour. Let it be silver. And with a progressive turn of 2 degree, each section is at a slightly different angle. Light. Reflection. Movement of people. Various degrees of ‘redness’ are seen. A pottery gallery has moved in to the ground floor and basement, forming part of the informal art network in this neighbourhood. Above, there are two studios and one duplex residential unit where a rich palette of colour and materials are introduced. Foldable windows are introduced on Upper Station Street façade, giving the possibility of opening up the interior to a quiet street in the city. Photographer: William Au-Yeung, Bo

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Togetherness

A study of HK movie ‘72 tenants’ to understand the essence of a neighbourhood, and how small architectural interventions create the interesting scenes where neighbours chit-chat, gather, or fight... This is further translated into a ‘Neighbourhood’ design concept for an intergenerational co-living high-rise environment where elders and youth share space, share thoughts, share experiences.

Togetherness
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A study of HK movie ‘72 tenants’ to understand the essence of a neighbourhood, and how small architectural interventions create the interesting scenes where neighbours chit-chat, gather, or fight... This is further translated into a ‘Neighbourhood’ design concept for an intergenerational co-living high-rise environment where elders and youth share space, share thoughts, share experiences.

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The Black Tenements

by Annette Chu & Gigi Chu

The project is a renovation to a 4 storeys tenement building from 1950s in Peel Street, Central, a Hong Kong neighbourhood which undergoes rapid redevelopment. The project is the interplay between existing and new, rough and craft elements in this walk up building. The exterior of the building is painted completely black to contrast the vibrant street life, and highlighting the life inside the old Chinese noodle store which the owner wants to retain and the new Western coffee shop she introduces. This inspires us to keep the existing building envelope intact and retain some old features. From our first memory of walking through the existing old building, we saw a 50 years old Chinese noodle store on the left-hand side of the entrance, heard the owner chit chatting with his regular, then we enter the gate. When we went up the internal staircase, found a handwritten Chinese ?at number “No.15 fourth floor” on the wall in front of its door. It propelled us to keep the element of traditional handcraft typography in our design. So, we approached one of very few stencil craftsmen left in Hong Kong to chisel some signages for us. Mounting next to the entrance gate is a metal plate telling a brief history of Peel Street. On both sides are some letter boxes with letters on zinc stencil. The existing concrete stairs with ceramic tiles nosing are kept, and the damaged part is painted with a number using a similar stencil during On both sides are some letter boxes with letters on zinc stencil. The existing concrete stairs with ceramic tiles nosing are kept, and the damaged part is painted with a number using a similar stencil during On both sides are some letter boxes with letters on zinc stencil. The existing concrete stairs with ceramic tiles nosing are kept, and the damaged part is painted with a number using a similar stencil during On both sides are some letter boxes with letters on zinc stencil. The existing concrete stairs with ceramic tiles nosing are kept, and the damaged part is painted with a number using a similar stencil during repair, indicating the step number hinting one’s whereabouts. There are seven units in total in the building, with six studio flats and one 2-bedroom flat. Outside each unit is a thin black steel frame for umbrella with the flat number plate and an entrance light. Internally, renders of the old concrete columns and beams are hacked off carefully and remain exposed, and the design introduces a clean lines design with a limited palette of materials. The two different layout calls for two different settings for the studios. One uses a bespoke sliding timber screen adding a warm element to the concrete and the light grey epoxy flooring, while the other uses a string curtain resulting a more theatrical atmosphere. Thin steel black frames are used throughout the interior to create sense of lightness. Natural timber veneered panels are used as highlights, for furniture including splash-back of the pantry. To achieve that, special timber panels with a PVDF overlay are used to ensure they are anti-moisture and anti-bacteria. The bathrooms are kept in a grey monotone using a combination of ceramic tiles and cement renders. One side is cladded with stainless steel panels sand-blasted with a varying degree by hand to create a dreamy effect. For the 2-bedrooms flat, the design caters a partly undetermined layout. A modular furniture system with pull-down bed and moveable boxes is installed along two main walls. Together with the bi-folding metal screens, tenants can decide on their living room and bedroom location and organize their preferred interior arrangement. The roof of the building is intended a communal space where tenants can mingle. Each roof is equipped with a dark grey stained concrete sink with exposed aggregates, and next to the two concrete sinks are large troughs for plants or beer baths.

The Black Tenements
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by Annette Chu & Gigi Chu

The project is a renovation to a 4 storeys tenement building from 1950s in Peel Street, Central, a Hong Kong neighbourhood which undergoes rapid redevelopment. The project is the interplay between existing and new, rough and craft elements in this walk up building. The exterior of the building is painted completely black to contrast the vibrant street life, and highlighting the life inside the old Chinese noodle store which the owner wants to retain and the new Western coffee shop she introduces. This inspires us to keep the existing building envelope intact and retain some old features. From our first memory of walking through the existing old building, we saw a 50 years old Chinese noodle store on the left-hand side of the entrance, heard the owner chit chatting with his regular, then we enter the gate. When we went up the internal staircase, found a handwritten Chinese ?at number “No.15 fourth floor” on the wall in front of its door. It propelled us to keep the element of traditional handcraft typography in our design. So, we approached one of very few stencil craftsmen left in Hong Kong to chisel some signages for us. Mounting next to the entrance gate is a metal plate telling a brief history of Peel Street. On both sides are some letter boxes with letters on zinc stencil. The existing concrete stairs with ceramic tiles nosing are kept, and the damaged part is painted with a number using a similar stencil during On both sides are some letter boxes with letters on zinc stencil. The existing concrete stairs with ceramic tiles nosing are kept, and the damaged part is painted with a number using a similar stencil during On both sides are some letter boxes with letters on zinc stencil. The existing concrete stairs with ceramic tiles nosing are kept, and the damaged part is painted with a number using a similar stencil during On both sides are some letter boxes with letters on zinc stencil. The existing concrete stairs with ceramic tiles nosing are kept, and the damaged part is painted with a number using a similar stencil during repair, indicating the step number hinting one’s whereabouts. There are seven units in total in the building, with six studio flats and one 2-bedroom flat. Outside each unit is a thin black steel frame for umbrella with the flat number plate and an entrance light. Internally, renders of the old concrete columns and beams are hacked off carefully and remain exposed, and the design introduces a clean lines design with a limited palette of materials. The two different layout calls for two different settings for the studios. One uses a bespoke sliding timber screen adding a warm element to the concrete and the light grey epoxy flooring, while the other uses a string curtain resulting a more theatrical atmosphere. Thin steel black frames are used throughout the interior to create sense of lightness. Natural timber veneered panels are used as highlights, for furniture including splash-back of the pantry. To achieve that, special timber panels with a PVDF overlay are used to ensure they are anti-moisture and anti-bacteria. The bathrooms are kept in a grey monotone using a combination of ceramic tiles and cement renders. One side is cladded with stainless steel panels sand-blasted with a varying degree by hand to create a dreamy effect. For the 2-bedrooms flat, the design caters a partly undetermined layout. A modular furniture system with pull-down bed and moveable boxes is installed along two main walls. Together with the bi-folding metal screens, tenants can decide on their living room and bedroom location and organize their preferred interior arrangement. The roof of the building is intended a communal space where tenants can mingle. Each roof is equipped with a dark grey stained concrete sink with exposed aggregates, and next to the two concrete sinks are large troughs for plants or beer baths.

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