Designers Elsa Caetano and Olivier Ottevaere from Double (O) Studio have won Best Residential Project at the Architectural Review/MIPIM Future Project Awards, 2015
Recently, the designers received the illustrious award for their unique project that focuses on housing in Hong Kong. House Me Tender is a project that utilises an open precast cell system for individualised housing. It expands on the use of concrete precast technology in high-rise construction in Hong Kong by presenting a self-supporting structure made of precast volumes of different sizes and functions.
A nine-storey prototype was first developed with a team of engineers and precast experts as proof of concept to further support the development of a forty-storey high-rise, the dominant building type in Hong Kong. Most of the units are organised in duplexes with two standardised main box units serving as the living and sleeping areas. These are complemented by two fitted cell units for the bathroom and kitchen. A selection of precast plugins allow future residents to individualise their homes depending on their needs by adapting elements such as amount of indoor/outdoor living and window types.