19 November – 5 February, On Reading Single Family Houses: A Tale of Habitation in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan


On Reading Single Family Houses:

A Tale of Habitation in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan



History of modern architecture reminds us of the importance of single family house as an architectural laboratory.  Examples such as Villa Savoye (Le Corbusier,1931), Fallingwater (Wright , 1935) and Farnsworth House(Mies, 1951) arearguably iconic single family houses which seeded the architects’ fundamental thoughts and ideas on architecture and even urbanism, thus charging the courseof development of Modern Architecture for the past 80 years.

While architectural ideas were largely experimented through the construct of single family house, a verydifferent story is being unfolded in this part of the world.  With the rapid speed of development, coupled with land policy issues and pressing economic demands, the opportunity to design and build single family house,against the backdrops of millions of collective and mass housing, is a rarity indeed.

This exhibition aims to open up discussion on this private domain to the public realm by first looking at land policy, ownership rights, economic pressure, individual incentive, and itssubsequent architectural outcomes.  The possibility and opportunity to design single family house varies quite significantly in the three places because of their differences in these social, political and economic constructs.  It might offer a way to register how these variables influence our understanding of spatial sense, habitation pattern, and eventually the development of built form in cities, suburbs and ruralarea.  As the myth of high density living are exacerated by real estatelogic in contemporary Asia cities, it drives the way how we understand ourbuilt environment.  What are the roles of individual living amongst thecollective? Does plural form of living correspond to the way we live or even want to live?  If designing single family house proves to provide anopportunity to further architectural discourse and research on the discipline,what holds the future of architecture in this part of the world if architectural practices are not giving further opportunity to experiment on such building type?

All single family houses selected in this exhibition has a specificclient, and the client is not the architect him/herself.  We are not keen to show developer type villa where the potential and unknown user are yet to befound, even though these villa might have some architectural merits. Nor are we interested in the architect’s “monologue” on engaging in private discourseneither.  True to the history and spirits of how single family house was originally perceived and designed, we valued the importance on the interactionbetween user and architect. It is only through this dynamic exchange thatreasons for the translucent glass block façade at the Maison de Verre(Chareau,1932), and the moving platforms of Maison Bordeaux(Koolhaas,1998) are found and substantiated. The dialogue between the client and the architect givesuniqueness, purpose and identity for each design presented at this exhibition.The individuals, whether playing the role of architect or user, remain the corein any essential architectural inspirations.








Curator 策展人: 

Anderson Lee 李亮聪




《Saxing Chang House》/ Sheng-Yuan HUANG (FieldOffice Architects)

《三星張宅》/ 黃聲遠(田中央聯合建築師事務所)


《Brown Mist》/ Ke-Fung LIOU 、H2O Design Associates

《Brown Mist》/ 劉克峰、謙漢設計有限公司

《House in Tainan》/ Yang HsiuChuan

《空心磚計劃》/ 楊秀川(楓川秀雅建築室內研究室)


《Concrete Slit House》/ ZHANG Lei (AZL Architects)

《混凝土縫之宅》/ 張雷(張雷聯合建築事務所)

《No.5 House》/ WANG Hao (Rùn Atelier)

《五號宅》/ 王灝 (潤.建築工作室)

《Tapered House》/ Anderson LEE (Index Architecture Limited)

《聚舍》/ 李亮聰(升建築有限公司)

《Nine-Courtyard House》 / WANG Weijen (Wang Weijen Architecture)

《九院宅》/ 王維仁(王維仁建築設計研究室)


《Vice Versa Houses》 / Frankie LUI (Atelier Global)

《裏外亦然 》/ 呂達文(匯創國際建築設計有限公司)

《Mount Davis Villa》/ Stefan KRUMMECK (Farrells)

《摩星嶺道別墅》/ Stefan KRUMMECK (Farrells)

Organizer 主办人: 

The University of Hong Kong  香港大学

Curatorial Assistant 策展助理:

Ashley Lau, Kelsi Su

Date 展期:
November 19, 2016 – February 5, 2017

2016.11.19 – 2017.2.5


Opening Hours 开放时间:
8:00AM – 8:00PM (Last entry at 7:30PM)
Opens on all national holidays.

8:00 – 20:00 (19:30最后入场),所有国定节假日均开放。

Venue 地点:
HKU/Shanghai Study Centre

298 Bei Suzhou Lu (close to Sichuan Bei Lu)
Hongkou District, Shanghai
Metro Line 10 or 12, Tiantong Lu

地铁10 或12号线 天潼路站3号口