Hong Kong is filled to the brim with over 7 million people, and with land at a premium, the city builds up, not out. Residential towers are stacked tightly together often reaching 30-stories or more. At its peak, residential density tops out at 110,100 people per square kilometer (compared to 59,150 in New York and 27,100 in London) The result is a vertigo-inducing geometric vista of lines, windows, balconies, bamboo scaffolding and hanging laundry. German photographer Michael Wolf captures the dizzying array in his latest series of photographs and book, Architecture of Density.
Living in Hong Kong, your view is likely not of the ocean, a forest, or even mountains. It’s likely of the building across the street with a direct line of site into another family’s living room. Packed so close, Hong Kong’s views are of architecture. But from that close, you can’t even appreciate the entire building, just a small snippet. Award-winning photographer Michael Wolf, originally born in Munich but now living in Hong Kong, set out to capture the views from residences. His resulting image set and book, Architecture of Density, reveals an abstract sort of geometry, like a gritty, urban Mondrian painting.
Hong Kong is the densest city in the world. At its peak there are at least 110,100 people per square km, although some reports say it could be upwards of 400,000. That’s pretty tight, but it’s also really efficient, because most of these people work very close to where they live. New York and London, which are also dense, have a bit more separation between where people live and work, which increases commute times. If you want to know more, there’s a ton of fascinating articles about density, living and health in Hong Kong from a LSE Cities, recent conference newspaper published in 2011.
Via Twisted Sifter
Images ©Michael Wolf