LYCS architecture renovates hotel into affordable student housing
LYCS architecture renovates hotel into affordable student housing
sep 23, 2015

LYCS architecture renovates hotel into affordable student housing

LYCS architecture renovates hotel into affordable student housing
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with the rising rent problems faced within majority of the high-density cities in china, LYCS architecture approached this situation to design ‘campus hong kong’. faced with little space, and high living expenses, the designers formed a new and more affordable way targeted at young people and students. the project is located in the hong kong’s tsuen wan district, where an existing hotel was renovated to accommodate 48 student apartments located in the lower 3 levels the building.

the space has been decorated in a ‘young’ way with art work on the walls



with a limited floor area of approximately 27sqm, the interior of room had to be fitted with beds for four students, a communal dining/study space, kitchen and bathroom. the main challenge was promoting a sense of privacy while diminishing a feeling of claustrophobia. this lead for the removal of the partition wall between two rooms and having it replaced with a central high table used as a common space for study and socializing. utilizing every inch available: the bed was designed to be half raised with the study desk placed underneath meanwhile a blackout curtain for privacy. given the cost of material and labor in hong kong, the budget of the whole project was relatively low, allowing more focus to be on crafting a comfortable environment through detail and furnishings.

each apartment unit is equipped with bathroom, kitchen and other daily facilities

the project is located in the tsuen wan district

a partition wall was removed to allow a communal dining table to be inserted

the bed is raised to allow storage area and a connecting desk

with the ongoing rent problem, the designers found an affordable solution by renovating an existing hotel

the student common room instills a homely environment for daily social activities and gaming

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