Aedas have recently unveiled this design for a serviced apartment building in Hong Kong. Situated in the neighborhood of Mongkok, one of the most densely populated areas on the planet, the building is squeezed into what the architects refer to as a "challengingly small" site of 614 square meters. More images and description after the break.
The design is informed by the local architectural character: in the post-war years, many people in this dense high-rise neighborhood extended their apartments with illegal iron balconies, offering them views, outside space and a place to grow a small garden.
Aedas interpreted these traditional features into their contemporary facade with irregular protrusions and a green wall on the lower floors, offering the best possible views for residents and welcome greenery for pedestrians. The building also steps back on the upper floors to provide a breathing space among the high rises.
Location78-88 Sai Yee Street, 78-88 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong