Diagram of food process
Sectional perspective through tower's double skin
Images showcasing Niu Shu's amenities and consequent lifestyles
Model composed of laser cut acrylic and polystyrene
Detailed view of model
Clover Lee & David Erdman Studio 2008 | Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
In the reality of a global consumerist society, William McDonough states that we need to, “honor commerce as the engine of change.” However, in settings such as Hong Kong, consumerist priorities play out as a monopoly that devours opportunities for design innovations to take place. This can be observed in the city’s public housing market which consists of ubiquitous, shoebox-like forms that are only differentiated by their flashy marketing schemes. This project aspires to stand apart from Hong Kong’s existing built environment by fostering aliveness in the realms of environmental, cultural, and formal endeavors. The title of our project, Niu (new) Shu (shoe), is a play on the pronunciation of the denoted Mandarin words for “twisting” and “tree” that carry a connoted English context of being a new shoe to fit Hong Kong’s current and future growth. The towers in the complex grow from the ground and translate the lost space of nature into an enhanced environment of consumerism. By using sustainability as a visible marketing tool to differentiate the design, the residential high-rise becomes a living organism that prospers from a blurring of what is residential enrichment and what is commercial capital.