Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

by , 03/20/14

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Hong Kong has earned the dubious distinction of being the world’s most unaffordable major city, in large part due to its housing shortage. AFFECT-T’s Bamboo Micro-housing project proposes an inexpensive and temporary solution to house individuals and families as they look for more permanent housing. Recognizing that many of these residents need to live and work in the city center, these bamboo shelters are built inside abandoned factories and industrial buildings, the walls of which provide additional insulation and protection from the elements.

Related: Hong Kong’s Shocking 40-Square-Foot Apartments Photographed by Chinese Human Rights Group

The architects chose locally-sourced bamboo as the primary building material to cut down on construction costs and time. Each micro-unit measures approximately 160 square feet in size and comprises a bedroom, kitchen, and sitting area. The modular units can be easily altered and merged together to create larger communal spaces or to accommodate growing families. The spacing and thickness of the bamboo canes are varied to provide privacy and ventilation as needed.


Via ArchDaily

Images via AFFECT-T

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1 Comment

  1. HallmarkAbstSvces March 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Good evening:

    An article at another website has photos of extremely unique residential architecture out of Singapore that I posted on my firms blog.

    I wanted to get your opinion on it.

    Do you like this architecture out of Singapore? (Poll)


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