Building Enclosure in Hong Kong by Wah Sang Wong

By Wah Sang Wong

This ebook examines intimately the exterior partitions of structures in Hong Kong. it's prepared into components. the 1st a part of the e-book provides readers with different factors akin to expertise and sustainability that impact the layout of exterior partitions. The twenty case reports within the moment half illustrate a number exterior wall designs in present developments that take account of either environmental and aesthetic issues.

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For construction materials, steel I-beams are used to support the elevated roof instead of traditional timber brackets. But clay tiles form the roof finish to provide the rural character. The external wall is finished with simple spray paint on rendering. Reinforced concrete columns are chiselled fairface concrete. Slate tiles form the finish for the dado. A natural look is achieved using simple materials. COMMENTS A small project can exploit grand concepts. This simple building illustrates that the concept of environmental design can be incorporated into the building enclosure.

Thus, the buildings are planned with the short sides facing east and west. Machinery rooms are placed on positions with strong sun. This reflects the planning for environmental control. The roof is an area with much solar exposure. In this project, landscape planting, water features and covered walkways are placed on the rooftop forming usable amenities as well as an insulating layer. To limit the effect of the absorbed solar heat on the interior, deep recessed facades and sunshading fins are techniques used in the elevations' window design.

A natural look is achieved using simple materials. COMMENTS A small project can exploit grand concepts. This simple building illustrates that the concept of environmental design can be incorporated into the building enclosure. The building is integrated with the natural process to create harmony between humankind and nature. 2 Exterior view of the roof and wall construction. 36 M. 3 A view from Ngong Ping Road illustrating its vernacular character. 4 Interior view of the toilet — a pleasant and neat appearance is created.

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