项目名称 Project Name: 水围柠盟人才公寓 / Shuiwei LM Youth Community

参展机构 Company : 创始点咨询(深圳)有限公司 / DOFFICE (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.

客户 Client : 深业集团 /  Shum Yip Group Limited

创作年份 Year : 2015-2018

设计师 Designer : 蔡雯瑛 Kwan Yee Wong / Chris H.S. Lai Kwan Yee Wong

摄影 Photographer : IVY Photography 王晓勇 / Production, Chris Lai,

文案 Copywriter : DOFFICE




Project Background






Since the early 80’s, Shenzhen became a magnet, attracting people from all over China exploiting for opportunities. But in the past decade, the cost of living has reached such a level, that many are leaving the city for their hometown or other cities where the living condition is more affordable.


In a bid to retain talents, Shenzhen created an affordable housing program to ease the housing pressure. Compared to other affordable housing developments, this project is the first one of its kind. It is the first time the government leased property from the villagers, in this case an ensemble of 35 "handshake tower blocks" to be converted into affordable housing.






Problem Statement and Project Solution






To provide 500 rental units, the existing residential layout has to be reconfigured and upgraded to meet the current living standards of the young urbanites.


Another challenge, which we think is more interesting and significant, is how to turn this group of 35 towers with 504 apartment units and a population of 900 young professionals into a community instead of a sum of individual living units.












Creation Process & Result








To create this community, our intervention is not so much happening inside the towers, but rather in-between. In these voids between the towers we created an infrastructural system with 7 elevators inter-connected by a lateral system of sky corridors on the 5th and the 7th floors.

This 3 dimensional circulation system forms at the same time an important public space for the community, providing an extension of the limited living space to the individual units.


The color coding divides this 3 dimensional infrastructure into service clusters to enhance the way finding within the labyrinth. During the design process the withdrawal from participation of a few landlords, owners of 6 towers and several units in several towers, gave a rhizomatic twist to this web of sky corridors.


Another important public space that supports this community is the communal space on the 5th floor. This is a 200m2 Communal Living Room, created by connecting 2 building blocks, equipped with gym, reading lounge, tea lounge, multipurpose gathering space and a communal kitchen with dining room.


The roofscapes, the 5th façade of this project with its ultimate openness, add another dimension to the collection of public spaces to the project. The roofscapes are designed with the purpose to accommodate programs such as laundry rooms, vegetable gardens and lounges.














How does the project reflect the exhibition theme "Cultural Bay Area • Humanistic Design"?






Within the over-fanatic building market, urban villages are often seen as an eyesore within the generic glittering cityscape. Urban renewal plans with its strategy of creation by destruction have already swallowed up a great amount of villages. Urban villages are part of Shenzhen’s urbanization history and since late 80’s they evolved into an important ecosystem serving the migrant citizens of Shenzhen. It will be a win for the city to find an alternative strategy for the urban villages; a livable city is more than shopping malls, tech parks and gated communities.


What makes this project so special is the opportunity to give the "handshake tower blocks" a second life and to create awareness that re-use of buildings is also a serious and interesting option to be considered.