Prototype Transitional Housing in Hong Kong

March 14, 2014

Hong Kong is a city, like many others, that is facing huge population and industrial growth but does not have housing enough to meet all those needs. There are more than 280,000 individuals living in Hong Kong that are without permanent forms of housing and they resort to building and residing in illegal temporary structures for survival.


In 2013, architects AFFECT-T created a micro-dwelling prototype house that could change Hong Kong’s homeless statistic. The built example is a transitional living space, and it plus the drawings are two parts of an interactive exhibition at the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale. The structures are made of bamboo.

“The Bamboo Micro-House is a prototype for transitional housing to be built in the underutilized industrial buildings of Hong Kong. The concept is to provide temporary housing as a necessary step to the many families and individuals on the path to permanent public housing.”


The bamboo house is a single residence with cooking, sleeping and sitting areas built in. But it will come in various sized units that can fit together or be separated easily. The groupings will share a singular water and electricity supply and disposal of waste. Meanwhile the cooling, heating, structure and enclosure of the systems will be provided by existing industrial buildings.


The built prototype area is about 15 square meters or 3×2.5 meters and 3.7 meters tall. Not a huge space but a much safer and hospitable living environment for those without any home currently.

Resources: Arch Daily



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.