Housing on Topography: Three recent public housing estates - Shui Chuen O Estate, Hung Fuk Estate and Long Shin Estate
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AbstractAs at March of 2017, 28% (2.06 million) of Hong Kong’s territorial population of 7.4 million resides in public rental housing provided by the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HKHA). HKHA, as the main public housing provider will provide about 98,000 new units in the next 5 years. With this volume of housing production, HKHA’s projects can have a major impact on Hong Kong’s territorial landscape.

Currently, the HKHA adopts environmentally responsive planning and design, optimises greening, universal design and resource conservation in estates, as well as considers socio-spatial equity and sustainability for all users. Since 2000, the HKHA has been building up comprehensive measures of design improvement – from site selection and planning, landscape and block layout, to flat configurations and features. Moving away from simply functional efficiency to a more site-specific approach towards place-making and community building, HKHA has been pursuing a sustainable design approach since the turn of the millenium.

Below, three recent public rental housing estates in the New Territories - Shui Chuen O Estate, Hung Fuk Estate and Long Shin Estate, will be reviewed to assess how these thoroughly planned designs address different sites, scales and landscape conditions.
All Author(s) ListThomas Chung
Journal nameHKIA Journal
Issue Number74
PublisherThe Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Pages51 - 54
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsHong Kong public housing, housing design, landscape

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