Our Dream House in Hong Kong.. a place that every hongkonger spend a lifetime to reach

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Our Dream House in Hong Kong.. a place that every hongkonger spend a lifetime to reach by timlo Aug 4, 2015

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Hong Kong is a place full of housing units, residential buildings. It's different from other places, the most significant building isn't a special landmark. To most hong kong people, a simple unit to live in, is always what they think and work for entire life in fact.

Every Hongkonger desires to have a housing unit. People work hard for buying a unit which costs 15 times of the annual household income. That's why Hong Kong ranks world's No 1 for 'most unaffordable' housing. (a survey of 360 cities by US-based consultancy Demographia)

Hard lives make Hong Kong people only focus on stock market, to earn some extra income. Hard lives make Hong Kong people can't breath, lose creativity and space to do research and explore new things. Hard lives make Hong Kong people care about time, lose patience, become impatient and lack of foresight mindset.

This series of residential building 3D model let you easily understand how stuffy Hong Kong is. It's a reminder to you and to your government that please don't let your living place become Hong Kong. It's a warning and a lesson to the world.

Hope you love it and hate it. This is the most meaningful stuff I could do for landmark of Hong Kong. Thanks for reading.

The customizable version updated on 14 August 2015. It could change between types of blocks, like Y-type, H-type or even hexagon. You can control the level of the block. It's more like a satire and a complain to the society. For your reference, in Hong Kong, there are 221 blocks of trident block type Y, 852 blocks of harmony block type. There still have Slab type, I block type, Ziggurat type, Concord type, New Cruciform type, etc .... each block store over 800 families.. you can't imagine if you haven't come hong kong or haven't print the block..

It's my first time to use OpenSCAD to create customizable model. I learn it by watching youtube tutorial, and look at the cheat sheet provided in OpenSCAD. It is still not quite clear and lack of good learning resources in internet. But the result is really useful and convenience, let 3D modelling technique reach a new level. Everything can self generate once has been well established. So I strongly suggest designer to try it. Build the complicated element in 3D software like 3dsmax, use OpenSCAD to generate a regular pattern.


I make this series residential building by taking photos near my place. Actually, everywhere I live and everyday I travel, also got plenty of such buildings. So easy to look at them in details.

I start from scratch by using 3dsmax. By achieving the right scale, I took plenty of pictures, look at the top view from Google map and try print it in different version see if printable for about 7cm tall. I focus on making the blocks at small size, about 7 cm tall. Spend only 2-3hrs, you could print a block quickly. However, you can't put too much details on a 7cm object, otherwise it will crash ugly because of details, such as I want to add air conditioner in each house before.

I think one of the special thing in 3D printing is easy to duplicate item with one design. And Hong Kong got thousands of building copies.. The item that duplicated most here.

Layer Height : 0.12mm - 0.14mm
Shell : 0.4mm
Fill Density : 0 %

Hope you enjoy it!

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umm no more custom anymore ? i only see right side no option pane on left side :/

only filthy nongs dream of a concrete box in a public housing estate.

They look very well made for views and balcony space. Perhaps they could be more gaudi-esque and round in some ways.

When I try the Customizer I do not get a place to select anything, just one model on the right.

I visited Hongkong last year and would love to go back. Amazing place. I really wanted to see the internals of the small apartments that surround the place. So wish I had a real insight to hongkong with someone knowledgable when I was there.

As a Hong Konger...
Cool I guess

i have a mixed feelings to see this won the challenge as a hong konger.

Hi, nice to meet u, I'm hong konger, can chat to wtsapp ma?

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Thanks for your sharing. Unfortunately, most Hongkongers are having their dream to own not really a house but a small apartment.

There are many families living in a flat smaller than 500 sq feet. (it can cost US1M near the CBD) People are burning out for their living... like extremely long working hours.
:'( Anyway, enjoy 3D printing and make our dreams coming true.

EXACTLY! Not own a house, but a tiny space. Even a 500 sq feet apartment, it can be divided into 3 for rental, as to earn much more money, 120 sq feet each... exclude the area of corridor for fire exit.. The city is dying.. This is the real fact that happened in Hong Kong.. I hope everyone could pay attention to this, and prevent that happened to your living place.

Wonderful model! Although it's sad that these are the "dream" house of us Hong Kongers.

Really like the models! What's the actual height of these buildings in meters? I'm printing lots of buildings and want to make them all to scale.

Interesting Steve, what building do you print. Do you have anything to share with us?

I've just checked it online, but not much information mention about the exact height of building. I only know it's around 110 meters to 140 meters. Sorry about it, I will update to you if I found any related information.

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It looks like the buildings we built in the 70's in France and that we are trying to get rid of. It is very ugly in real life.

oh, really? can't believe it, i've been to paris last year, and found many buildings are quite low about 6 floors. Would you mind send me some building photos about 70's France? so that i could show it to hongkongers

Nice chronicle text about Hong Kong and citzens' life while explaining the models. And very interesting modeling tool, Thanks for sharing all!

Thanks for your appreciation and your time on reading my composition too! Really nice to hear that my work can express the appearance of Hong Kong and how it affect citizens here. ^^ Thanks a lot, I hope this work can do some changes to people that concern about their own city life.

Moved out of there around 5 years ago. Housing rates only get higher. Good thing we left.

Definitely! Including me, many hongkongers don't wanna stay in hong kong actually, but lack of money to do migration.

First picture reminds me so much of Le Corbusier's design for Paris back in the days...

could it support the non-standard domestic block???
like kai ching estate, lower ngau tau kok estate those post 2010s buildings

It's a bit different, but still using similar elements that already existed. I would update a new 3D file later, and would upgrade the Openscad file afterwards. By the way, you interest to print one?

Godzilla would love this! tougher than the paper cities he used to trample....

Happy Cony would love this too ^^ http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:977924

Happy Cony Line Rangers
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Public Housing Estate?

yes, Hong Kong public rental housing

Depressing. Thank you for the cautionary tale....

thanks for your reading, one city like that was already too much in earth..

Exactly, but unfortunately owing a house is a burden unlike the old days.