community & architecture

SoCO's Home Modification project aims at improving the living environment of low-income families. The aim is to provide better study space for their children, helping them to do well at school so that ultimately the family is not stuck in a poverty cycle. By using the high ceilings of tenemant houses we can free up space for daily activities, and provide a dedicated study area. We designed the furniture to be durable and flexible, so that it can adapt with the family. The family may take their furniture with them as they move house, so that the benefit of the programme remains with them, rather than with a landlord.

Date: 2013- ongoing
Location: Shum Shui Po, Hong Kong
Initiated by: Society for Community Organization
Sponsor: South China Morning Post (SCMP)
Donors: agnès b.; Sino Group
Support from: CLP
Scale: 100 families
Cost: approx HK$10,000 per family
Team: Angela Lui, Anson Wan, Bobby Lam, Echo Xiang, James Palmer, Jonas Tang, Justin Chan, Luka Ng, Maggie Ma, Mark Kingsley, Michael Chan, Natalie Yau, Rosa Chan, Tanya Tsui