The Work-live Interlock

Tin Shui Wai is a new town developed in 90s in Hong Kong. The isolated location, a lack of social stability and job provisions has led Tin Shui Wai in becoming vulnerable to crime, high suicide rates and other antisocial behaviours.

Work-and-live interlock explores the lack of job provisions and the planning failure and attempts to challenge the current development strategies by revisiting the success of Hong Kong's tenement housing in the early 20th century where the blend of working and living quarters thrived in this city for trading.The work-and-live interlock draws ideas upon mid-20th century  housing and aims to provide an increase in job opportunity as well as creative industries for Tin Shui Wai and Hong Kong.  work opportunity and prosperity within the infrastructure.

Neighbourhood is carefully mixed to provide the prepare community that becomes sufficient with its labour needs.The testing of units were formed from the research on tenement housing that existed in Hong Kong in the early 20th Centuries. The idea of packing as much shops in a space controlled the sizes of the shop fronts. The narrow form of these units interested me to further investigate and utilise in the Tin Shui Wai project. Secondly, the utilisation of light in the units was also a major factor in the facade design.