Seoul-based Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab is building a set of small-sized apartments that will mix ‘life, work and play’ all in one space. Dubbed 'The Great Wall', this apartment-factory and commercial-retail building will bring the citizens of Suizhong an answer to the lack of green space in their lives. Located in the Liaoning Digital Technology Industrial District, the architects are trying to develop the next generation of ‘apartment-factories’ that will highlight ecological, economic and social matters in their program.
The Korean term ‘apartment-factory’ is usually employed to describe piled up, small-scale manufacturing factories or office. However, in many instances, these stockpiled structures have given way to poor daylighting and problems associated with poor working conditions. Acknowledging these issued, Yamasaki Ku Hong Associates Design Lab set out to design a more sustainable model for living.
The Great Wall apartment-factories are being built in an organic and flexible way that allows the structure to grow with time, adapting to change. The apartment-factories will be sandwiched by two differentiated type of retail, and lots of luscious green, outdoor spaces will be included within the building, integrating small courtyards, wide open spaces and green terrace.
Since The Great Wall apartment-factories will be located quite close to the eastern end of the monumental Great Wall of China, the architects based referenced the eight traditional Hakka Housing of the area, with a green core surrounded by an enclosure of shopping and living.
Via Arch Daily
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