Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

Human anthills

Inspired by the unique architecture of Hong Kong, German photographer Michael Wolf sets out to capture the essence of the city's utilitarian apartment units in his series "Architecture of Density."

With more than 7 million people packed into 426 square miles of land, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The city is essentially bursting at the seams, which means the only option for accomodating the ever increasing demand for housing is to build up. The result is vast, hyper-functional architecture that pushes urban density to its limits.

The concrete landscapes allow the viewer to peer into a striking, insular world of technicolor exteriors, protruding air conditioning units, draped laundry and the thousands of humans living behind the windows. By cropping out the sky and ground, the perspective is flattened, giving the impression that these buildings stretch on indefinitely.

"Architecture of Density" is available as a hardcover art book co-published by Asia One Books and Peperoni Books.

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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Dense Hong Kong apartments

Photo: Michael Wolf + Architecture of Density

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