活宅 | Live House
The proposed Wan Chai Community Green Station, Live House, shall not only be a place to celebrate the recycling process, it will also be a place maker amid the busy neighbourhood, allowing the public to enjoy it as a part of everyday life at home.
A primitive pitched roof structure - Entrance Gallery – constructed by a combination of recycled container and profiled aluminium sheeting calmly stands along Wan Shing Street, bringing a sense of traditional yet modern Chinese architectural scenery to the neighbourhood. The long structure, appearing as an abstract enclosure, shall screen off a bit of noise from the street and the desolate surroundings, attracting people to get into the silent resort. Once you have passed through the threshold, the lady from the Office quarter is already reaching the door to greet the new comers.
The Office and Multi-Purpose Room constructed by orderly bays of recycled containers are currently having an exhibition under the large overhanging roof with partial transparency which diffuses the sunlight and projects different tonalities during the day. The rooms are able to expand themselves and join the Open Yard for special occasions and vibes. While one is enjoying the in-between spaces, the harbour breeze has unexpectedly come through the wall of fins and windows.
The Storage and Workshop, which the structure and enclosure is made entirely of Rock-fill Concrete, is on the other side of the Open Yard. Once again, the C&D waste generated from local works can be salvaged for a new life, at the same time, acting as thermal masses to stabilize the internal temperature, creating a cool room. Between the slits of the rock-fill concrete blocks, one can get a glance at the working environment inside: the worker has just come with a trolley of new recyclables, and they are presenting themselves as interesting artefacts once hit by sun rays. The composition of the blocks has allowed gaps for natural ventilation, together with a number of mechanical ceiling fans, the environmental comfort of the internal space is optimally maintained.
The Open Yard unites the immediate happenings around and generates a void, a central patio, that offers tranquillity for the city people. This common court lets in nature where sunlight, clouds and rain will grant silence and intimacy to all visitors, and fuses with the active programs dispersed around the yard, the idea of environmental protection and recycling materials will not stay as static exhibits or uninteresting facts, but shall be perceived as something you live closely with.