Where It Ends and Lives Begin
Location: Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an intensely urbanized city with the greatest number of skyscrapers in the world
– over 7,600. However most of these are of typical steel reinforced concrete construction,
hence Hong Kong is also dubbed "Concrete Forest".
Current practices of manufacturing steel and concrete involve using a lot of non-renewable
energy and release large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, which contributes to climate
change and damages our living environment. We would like to investigate alternative building
materials that would not be detrimental to our environment. A material that does not depend on
energy to make, possibly be naturally and locally available, but strong enough for high rise
structures. In the future, we will ‘grow’ our buildings.
By fusing bamboo and fibreglass, it is possible to create a bio-composite cladding material that is
strong, cost effective, with low embodied energy, and can be grown locally hence saving
transportation cost. Therefore we are proposing a vertical tower that grows
fiberglass-bamboo, with on site processing facilities to make them into cladding panels that than
be used for the regeneration for the whole Kwun Tong area.
page 1, fibre glass farm tower, 3, 4, 5