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Skirt + Rock House by MCK Architects

Skirt + Rock House by MCK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The site was home to a modest bungalow perched on a hill overlooking Vaucluse House. The clients were equally modest, simply needing more space for their family with better connection to the garden, sunlight and air.

The garden was very important, and it became intrinsic to the design. A large rock that sat in the hill to the rear of the house became our focal and pivotal natural element in the new architectural composition. With the underlying philosophy of relative modesty, the new form is setback, maintaining existing amenity enjoyed by neighbours. The first floor is concealed in the black roof form, providing a recessive appearance from the street, nestling into the landscape. Resting on two legs at opposite corners allowed the possibility of a clear opening to the garden at ground and main living level. Opening like an eye to the sky and trees it folds along the perimeter of the plan. When describing to the client the experience one might feel standing in the lounge room looking out, the analogy of a skirt was used and then stuck, hence skirt and rock.

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18 Kowloon East, Hong Kong, by Aedas

18 Kowloon East, Hong Kong, by Aedas | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, once dependent on manufacturing, is undergoing transformation of rejuvenation. With this 28-story mixed-use building located in a community of dense industrial blocks, it begins to investigate the possibility of providing an environmentally sustainable design in an industrial area. The target is to contribute to the greening of the neighbourhood and to enhance the quality of life for building users as well as the pedestrians on the street level.

Extensive planting at the carpark floors, located at the lower portion of the tower, visually greens the neighborhood and also filters and improves air quality.

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