This thesis poses a challenge to two prominent residential typologies in Hong Kong: the podium-type residential and the small-slot residential; and ultimately proposes a third type of residential typology for Hong Kong – the Mega-hood / Hyper-hood.
The initial study of this thesis began with a series of analytical critique on these two prominent residential typologies. Prioritized density, the high-rise podium-type residential maintained (profitable) supplies for the expanding housing demands in the city. On the flip side, this typology faces difficulty in generating neighbourly public space (i.e. sense of community) as achieved in the small-slot residential. Whilst the podium-type residential does tackle the realistic economic challenges in society, neighbourly public space is essential for a sustainable urban environment. In another words, this thesis explores the possibility of achieving a neighbourly proximity while also maintaining high efficiency performance in a single urban typology.
The fundamental challenge of this thesis is whether high density and high proximity (neighbourhood) could co-exist in a single urban residential project. Taking this concept further, this thesis aims to define the intangible term of “neighbourhood” in the sense of architectural or urban planning.