Overwhelmed by skyrocketing housing prices, many of Hong Kong's poor are forced to live in shockingly cramped and squalid conditions. To provide temporary relief to the critical housing crisis, AFFECT-T designed Bamboo Micro-housing, a series of tiny and affordable bamboo shelters that can be built quickly without sacrificing quality. Presented at the 2013 Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale, these transitional micro-housing shelters can be stacked together to create micro neighborhoods inside abandoned factories.
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.
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.
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