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Kaohsiung Social Housing design by Mecanoo

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Kaohsiung Social Housing by Mecanoo

Location: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Design: Mecanoo

Kaohsiung Social Housing by Mecanoo

2 May 2018

Kaohsiung Social Housing by Mecanoo, Architects

Mecanoo’s Social Housing philosophy focuses on the development of affordable living spaces defined by flexibility, the right balance of private and communal spaces, mixed housing types, connection with the environment and identity. The housing complex in Kaohsiung will host 234 units between 25 and 75m², designed for a large variety of users, from students, young couples to families with children, as well for elderly or people with special needs.

Sky Park
Located between the new green corridor and the existing neighbourhood along the railway, the Housing Complex will be a kick-off project part of a larger urban redevelopment with mixed use buildings for the whole area.

Kaohsiung Social Housing by Mecanoo architecten

The triangular plot defines the shape of the two buildings connected by a green canopy around the courtyard which serves as an entrance for the residents. Commercial spaces on the perimeter of the ground floor generate street life and activate the public spaces around the building.

Kaohsiung masterplan by Mecanoo architecten

The east building houses most of the apartments while the west tower concentrates the mixed-use program, with social facilities, apartments and a senior’s day-care centre. Distributed in several floors and connected by green terraces, the Sky Park works as a social hub open to the public, which brings together residents and the local community.

Kaohsiung Social Housing by Mecanoo lego model

A playful grid of vertical elements and windows creates various rhythms on the façade. The depth between structure and the exterior walls provides shadow and reduces the solar heat gains inside the apartments.

Different from most housing blocks in Taiwan where façade materials are used to cover walls, columns and slabs, Mecanoo’s choice for this social housing is to create a contrast between structure and walls: green and white coloured ceramic tiles are used to infill the structural grid covered in stucco. The coloured tiles, a typical material largely used in Taiwanese architecture come together in a playful composition to pattern the visual identity of Kaohsiung Social Housing.

Kaohsiung Social Housing lego model

Programme: Housing Complex of 234 units with 28,600 m², including 915m² of commercial spaces, 330m² of social facilities (gym, shared kitchen, reading room and outdoor spaces), parking for 137 cars and 266 scooters.

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Kaohsiung Housing by Mecanoo – Building Information

Size: 28,600 m2
Design: 2016
Realisation: 2018-2020

Client: Urban Development Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government, Taiwan
Local partner: Chao Architects, Kaohsiung
Structural engineer: Supertek, Taipei
Map coordinates: 22.638204, 120.318646
Address: No. 22, Ankang Road, Lingya District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 802
Awards: 1st Prize Competition

Kaohsiung Social Housing lego model by Mecanoo

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