|HEAD Architecture designed House 3098, a three-story home in the Shep Mun Kap village of Hong Kong's Lantau Island. Photo: Graham Uden|
HEAD Architecture has designed a home that the firm believes could serve as an architecturally high-quality prototype for the village homes program in Hong Kong's New Territories. House 3098 is a three-story cast-in-place concrete structure that emphasizes possibility while complying with the policy's limitations for building height, area, construction type and other restrictions.
|Ground-floor kitchen and dining spaces. Photo: Graham Uden|
Increasing the sense of openness, glass is also used for guardrails and many doors. Bamboo floors and LED lighting have been installed throughout the house. A rooftop patio provides unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape, and support for a future green roof has been provided.
|Looking down and across the atrium space. Photo: Graham Uden|
In Hong Kong since 1972, a policy has existed that entitles every indigenous adult male villager in the New Territories to apply to build a small house within their village. So long as these homes adhere to a set of prescribed limitations, the buildings are exempt from a number of permitting and design-review requirements.
|House 3098 master bedroom. Photo: Graham Uden|
In addition to its patent gender bias, the New Territories Exempted House Policy, also known as the Small House Policy, critics claim that the policy is unsustainable and has produced poor-quality homes and public health and planning problems in villages throughout Hong Kong. Abuse and corruption are also cited as widespread.
|Rooftop patio and skylight over atrium. Photo: Graham Uden|
Among the highlighted restrictions of the Small House Policy are these limitations:
- May not exceed three stories.
- May not exceed 8.23 meters (27 feet) in height.
- Roofed-over area may not exceed 65 square meters (700 square feet).
- Limited to reinforced concrete and brick construction.
- Balconies are limited to one building elevation.
|Firm's video of the architectural photography session. Video: Graham Uden/ Courtesy HEAD Architecture|
- Architect: HEAD Architecture
- Developer: Oceanic Properties Limited
- Photographer: Graham Uden
|Looking across circulation space toward stairs and master bedroom. Photo: Graham Uden|
|Interior stairs. Photo: Graham Uden|
|Ground-floor dining area. Photo: Graham Uden|
|Study adjacent to master bedroom. Photo: Graham Uden|
|Bathroom. Photo: Graham Uden|