Tin Shui Wai is a new town, developed in 1990s in Hong Kong. Its isolated location, and lack of social stability and job provisions, has led Tin Shui Wai to become vulnerable to crime, high suicide rates and other antisocial behaviours.
Work-and-live Interlock explores the lack of job provision 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 twentieth century, where the blend of working and living quarters thrived in this trading city.The Work-and-live Interlock draws upon ideas from mid-twentieth century housing and aims to provide an increase in job opportunities as well as creative industries for Tin Shui Wai and Hong Kong as a whole.
The neighbourhood is carefully mixed to prepare the community to for self-sufficiency in its labour needs.The testing of units was informed from research on tenement housing that existed in Hong Kong in the early twentieth century.
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.