|DOMAT is a not-for-profit architectural practice.
We work with communities and people who do not normally have access to architects. We believe that everybody is entitled to a good living environment, and that good design should be available at all levels of society. Through the processes of research, design and implementation, we engage with local people to understand the communities involved.|
Unit 4, 9/F, Yip Fung Industrial Building
7 Sheung Hei Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel : 3956 4123
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
URL : http://www.domat.hk/
|Home Modification for low-income families; Hong Kong|
Since 2013, SoCO's Home Modification project has been helping to improve the living environment of low-income families. The focus of the project is to provide a 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. The furniture was designed with the family in mind; it's construction is both durable and adaptable, so that it can grow with the family.
Early in the project, we understood that improvements to the house itself may benefit the landlord more than the families in the long run. By providing furniture for the family to keep, they can take their furniture with them when they move house, meaning that the benefit of the programme can remain with them for years to come. This idea has proven to be quite successful.
To date, DOMAT has worked with over 70 families in this programme and gain experience in space creation and social understanding of the situation involved. It is not a solution to the housing problem, but hope to provide remedial measure for the transitional situation.
© 2013 The Hong Kong Institute of Architects. All Rights Reserved.