‘paddling home’ by kacey wong image © randy cheung

‘85% of the apartments in hong kong are under 650 square feet as of 2008‘

‘the net addition to the private housing stock dropped from 34,870 in 1999 to 7,360 in 2008‘

‘average residential prices on hong kong island are HKD 25,600 per square foot in the 1st quarter of 2011‘

as a response to these statistics, hong kong-based artist kacey wong created the ‘paddling house’. the four by four foot buoyant apartment is both a visual representation of the helplessness felt by the residents of hong kong,  while simultaneously offering a possible solution to their real-estate problems. the project is an example of mobility and compact living in the densely populated asian metropolis. it was exhibited at the 2009 hong kong & shenzhen biennale, BYOB (bring your own biennale). 

kacey wong: paddling home mobile home out at sea image © makin fung bing fai

kacey wong: paddling home

the roof becomes part of the structure 
images © makin fung bing fai

kacey wong: paddling home structure being placed in the water and being pulled out images © makin fung bing fai

kacey wong: paddling home

view from interior 
image © kacey wong

kacey wong: paddling home
ideas of floating structures 
images © makin fung bing fai