This is a competition project for UIA-HYP Cup. The task is to identify a central urban site in one of China’s 1st or 2nd tier cities and propose a co-living cluster with about 1000 small units. The units can be minimal, and should be designed as prefabricated modulest that takes advantage of parametric system that allows for customization. The small individual units are to be augmented with a lot of shared facilities that more than compensate for the spatial constraints of the individual units: kitchens, eating areas, lounging/living areas, café/bar areas, co-working areas etc. We choose to locate the project on a hillside of southwest Hangzhou, which is relatively far from downtown area that allows for the opportunity of modular expansion. The whole project consists of a big number of clusters of prefabricated units located on the elevated hyper loop. While Everything is able to grow, there's not a single center point. There are hub buildings sprinkled around various key locations. They serve as purposes not only as offices, but shared amenity facilities for the residents and employees. All the hyper loops work as both means of human and freight transportions. The purpose of this design is that this form of residential-office complex can be applied to any cities with similar conditions. They can be assemblied and disassembled in very short period of time. For the interior, we also have various type of modules that can serve for either single, couple, or small family residents. The whole project is also able to extent to the neighboring communities using its transportation tentacles.

Team: Dingkun Wang, Zhuoying Lin, Kai Zhang

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