Rebuilding the Traditional Row Houses Alteration By Facelifting Facade Zone by cocoon architecture ltd.

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Rebuilding the Traditional Row Houses

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Alteration By Facelifting Facade Zone

INSPIRATION:
Row houses are common in Phnom Penh. They are individual in nature, but together become a mega complex, which you can hardly distinguish one house from another. The site is an unfinished project with only structural skeleton completed. The existing structure of traditional row houses is kept while the intervention focuses on the 1.5m façade zone- a literal “facelift”. Staggered balconies are inserted at different levels of individual row houses, forming buffer zones in-between them. The solid and void encourages the play of light and shadow, in and out of activities, transforming the anonymous complex into distinguishable individual houses.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This is a development with a total of 88 row houses, of which 2 show flats was constructed in the first stage. In order to express the individuality of the each row house and residents, a negative space is inserted between the row houses. The staggered negative space is a recessed balcony. The balcony serves as a divider, forming buffer zone in-between houses, transforming the anonymous big complex into distinguishable individual houses. The row houses are connected, yet separated.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Other than architectural intervention of negative spaces, the original features of a traditional row houses: - the balcony, covered roof garden, etc, are kept to respect local culture as well as to accommodate the sub-tropical climate. Some enhancements are introduced to fit the modern life. The balcony is recessed to prevent a direct view from street and the main window is tilted to avoid overlooking of facing houses.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
completed at 2019 in Cambodia, Phnom Penh (for the 2 row houses as show flats)

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The traditional row houses are decorated with features and patterns. In this project the row houses are decorated with negative spaces instead. By the positioning of balconies, the facades are enriched by solid and void. The activities in the balconies, the light and shadow in those in and out become a vivid form of elevation, making the individual row house distinguishable.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
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TAGS:
residential, house, alterations, addition & alteration, rebuilding, traditional row houses, phnom penh, cambodia, cocoon architecture, facelifting facade.

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The target users are of this project is the younger generation of Phnom Penh. The modern form and emphasizing on individuality help the branding of the project as a new home for young couples.

CHALLENGE:
Phnom Penh is becoming the upcoming developing city in the South East Asia, the standard of living for the general citizens elevates too. The young generation becomes more adapted to a new and modern culture. They become keener on individuality and privacy of city life. Different from traditional row houses, balconies are inserted to individual row houses in this project, forming buffer zones in-between them, and transform the anonymous complex into distinguishable individual houses.

ADDED DATE:
2020-08-24 06:57:55

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
YUNG Chung Kwong, CHIU Hang Mei Mary Grace

IMAGE CREDITS:
cocoon architecture Ltd.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
cocoon architecture ltd.

PROFILE:
cocoon architecture is a progressive architectural practice based in Hong Kong. Like cocoon incubates to become butterfly, the firm aims to incubate the client’s ideas and delivers them into an architecture that fits. The practice works on residential, cultural and commercial projects, providing full professional consultancy services in architecture, master planning and interior design services. The design team has won numerous international awards including: Winner of the Young Architects’ Award; 40 Under 40 Award; “Perspective Award”, Design for Asia Award, Architects Regional Council Asia Prize, etc. The projects had been exhibited in ''La Biennale di Venezia'' in Italy,Hong Kong, Asia and other places worldwide. The co­founder of the firm, Chiu Hang Mei Mary Grace & Yung Chung Kwong, has been the Assistant Professor in the University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong teaching architectural design studio. They have also been actively involving in academic and community activities and has been invited as juror, interviewer, speaker, guest critics and registration committee for various professional institutes and government authorities.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Rebuilding The Traditional Row Houses Alteration by Facelifting Facade Zone by Cocoon Architecture Ltd is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Rebuilding The Traditional Row Houses Alteration by Facelifting Facade Zone by Cocoon Architecture Ltd is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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