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Hydropolis, Hong Kong, Yoonsun Hwang, Lois Soo Kyung Suh, PennDesign, Pennsylvania, skyscraper, high-rise, dynamic façade, waterfront, Hong Kong Harbor, land reclamation, organic architecture

Set in world’s densest metropolis of Hong Kong, Hydropolis, a student project by Yoonsun Hwang and Lois Soo Kyung Suh of PennDesign challenges common understanding of skyscrapers by provoking the existing typology. Vertical mega-structure is proposed for a reclaimed site at the harbor of Hong Kong, therefore the uniqueness of the location demanded high aesthetic qualities and representative design. Emerging organic form yet floating and light presence characterize this monumental high-rise that creates new waterfront line for the harbor.

The concept behind this architectural piece is to accumulate and reflect diverse attributes of megalopolis, in order to reinterpret and express them at multiple economic and social scales and translations. As a result, the façade of the tower is transformative while the structure and the circulation system are re-investigated and reinvented, ranging from intricate and entangled to ludicrous. The proposal challenges the aggressive attitude of land reclamation – the harbor front is embraced and became the part of crucial importance for the project while operating closely with water.

Highly complex and dynamic façade changes shape and texture along its surface. The openings range from large cuts in the façade material, at the lower, public levels, to very tight stripes like tightened mesh on higher floors. At the contact point with water, the edifice lays highly curved root-like structure, embedding itself in the coast line and urban context. Assemblage of landscape, water, infrastructure and architecture creates a dynamic and efficient network, therefore activating public and open space and allowing for various space pockets for diverse programmatic activities.

Hydropolis, Hong Kong, Yoonsun Hwang, Lois Soo Kyung Suh, PennDesign, Pennsylvania, skyscraper, high-rise, dynamic façade, waterfront, Hong Kong Harbor, land reclamation, organic architecture

Hydropolis, Hong Kong, Yoonsun Hwang, Lois Soo Kyung Suh, PennDesign, Pennsylvania, skyscraper, high-rise, dynamic façade, waterfront, Hong Kong Harbor, land reclamation, organic architecture

Hydropolis, Hong Kong, Yoonsun Hwang, Lois Soo Kyung Suh, PennDesign, Pennsylvania, skyscraper, high-rise, dynamic façade, waterfront, Hong Kong Harbor, land reclamation, organic architecture

Hydropolis, Hong Kong, Yoonsun Hwang, Lois Soo Kyung Suh, PennDesign, Pennsylvania, skyscraper, high-rise, dynamic façade, waterfront, Hong Kong Harbor, land reclamation, organic architecture

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