Bee Breeders Architecture Competitions lancia il concorso di idee Hong Kong Pixel Homes competition, con il quale richiede ai partecipanti di sfruttare gli ultimi lembi di terra, grandi quasi quanto un pixel, rimasti liberi a Hong Kong per progettare edifici residenziali a prezzi accessibili.
Hong Kong è una delle città più costose e popolose della Terra. Conta oltre 7 milioni di persone che vivono in un'isola di appena 1.100 km quadrati. La popolazione lotta costantemente per cercare spazio e, di conseguenza, la città sta vivendo una grave crisi abitativa dovuta tanto alla carenza di alloggi quanto ai prezzi esorbitanti a cui vengono venduti.
L'obiettivo del concorso è quello di fornire una risposta all'emergenza abitativa, proponendo degli edifici adatti alla comunità di classe medio-bassa. I partecipanti potranno ambientare il loro progetto in qualsiasi luogo, purché le dimensioni dell'area rispettino quanto specificato nel bando. Si otterranno, in questo modo, delle idee che potranno essere adattate anche ad altre città nel mondo diverse da Hong Kong ma ugualmente soffocate dalla crisi degli alloggi e dalle difficoltà economiche degli abitanti.
Hong Kong is one of the most expensive and densely populated cities on Earth. With over 7 million people living on an island just 1,102 square km in size, where the population is constantly struggling for space. Like other major cities around the world, Hong Kong is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. The strict limitations on space mean that there is a capped supply of housing on the island. A limited supply, paired with an ever-growing demand, has caused Hong Kong housing prices to skyrocket.
Helping to ease this problem The Hong Kong Pixel Home architecture competition participants are tasked to utilize the Hong Kong's last remaining pixel-sized spots of the land to design affordable residential buildings that will help alleviate the city's housing crisis and support its low and middle class community struggle for accommodation.
There is no set competition site, but participants are limited to a single area of just 100 m2, a size that would be considered problematic for high-level construction in any city in the world other than Hong Kong - the land of tiny footprint skyscrapers!
Design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Hong Kong, which can be easily rolled out to increase the capacity of housing stock and is minimal in its use of land and materials.
No minimum size or amount of residential units per block is defined. Proposals should be flexible enough to adopt to various sizes with multiple inhabitant capacity requirements with only one restriction - the proposed building's footprint area can not exceed 100m2.
Designs for the Hong Kong Pixel Homes should be versatile to adapt to different locations across the city and be flexible, allowing adjustments to be made in order to suit different residential capacity requirements.
There is no set competition site. Participants are allowed to propose any site in Hong Kong.
Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).
REGISTRATION AND FEES
In order to participate in the Competition, entrants must register through the Bee Breeders registration panel as Students, Enthusiasts and Companies no later than April 26, 2017. Registration fees are the following:
- Early Bird Registration
Enthusiasts and companies: US $90
Students: US $70
- Advance Registration
Enthusiasts and companies: US $120
Students: US $100
- Last Minute Registration
Enthusiasts and companies: US $140
Students: US $120
All submissions must be uploaded via the upload panel at www.hongkongpixelhomes.beebreeders.com no later than May 17, 2017.
3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prizes to competition winners as follows:
- 1ST PRIZE US $3,000 + Publications and Certificate of Achievement
- 2ND PRIZE US $1,500 + Publications and Certificate of Achievement
- 3RD PRIZE US $500 + Publications and Certificate of Achievement
- BB STUDENT AWARD US $500 + Publications and Certificate of Achievement
- BB GREEN AWARD US $500 + Publications and Certificate of Achievement
- Early Bird Registration | FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 8
- Advance Registration | MARCH 9 - MARCH 29
- Last Minute Registration | MARCH 30 - APRIL 26
- Closing date for registration | APRIL 26, 2017
- Closing date for submissions | MAY 17, 2017
- Announcement of the winners | JUNE 14, 2017
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