The Block Tower // Hong Kong x Kowloon

The Block Tower

A Planet Unicorn™ Original Story

Before we went to Myanmar, we stopped over in Hong Kong and Kowloon for 4 days exploring the bigger cities. For years I have seen pictures of the crazy patterns and density of the public housing/apartment tower blocks and knew that was something I wanted to see and document for myself. Rather than just creating stills from these, I went with the goal of taking the abstract stills and displaying them more as moving art piece, showing their true scale in video form. I can’t wait to go back and keep documenting these, this video was sorta a test and experiment as I had some write issues and slow cards messing with some of the footage, a lot that didn’t take this edit.

More than 7 million people live on about 1,108 km² (427 mi²) of land.

29.1% of the Hong Kong population lives in public rental housing estates.

Whampoa Garden

The Whampoa Garden area is the largest private housing estate located in Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The estate covers 19 hectares and consists of 12 complexes. Ten are residential/commercial mixed use, with a total of 88 16-story residential high-rise towers. The other two are solely commercial use. It includes eight shopping arcades, three supermarkets, a cinema, hundreds of restaurants and shops, a karaoke, five primary schools, mini-parks and two public transport interchanges.

There are 10,431 flats, ranging from 351 to 1,110 square feet (32.6 to 103.1 m2), in the 88 residential towers. The estimated population of the estate is over 40,000.

The large ship you see is actually a shopping mall.

I definitely get inspired by some of Chris Burkard plane shots and deep down I almost didn’t want to shoot this. But you will find when you are out in the elements, this stuff isn’t planned or setup and just happens without much thought. Just boys and their toys, wanting a morning shower in the lake!

Stayed tuned for my stories on Myanmar.

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