Michael Wolf

Architecture of Density



Page Count:128
ISBN:978 3 941825 05 5
Publisher:Peperoni Books, Berlin
Dimensions:31cm x 24cm
Architecture of Density

Previously published as part of the two-book set Hong Kong Inside Outside, which has completely sold out, Architecture of Density is a new stand alone book. Michael Wolf has depicted high density living in one of the world’s most crowded cities, Hong Kong. He removes any sky or horizon line from the frame and flattens the space until it becomes a relentless abstraction of urban expansion, with no escape for the viewer’s eye. Wolf photographs crumbling buildings in need of repair, brand new buildings under construction covered in bamboo scaffolding, as well as fully occupied residential complexes. Wolf’s disorienting vantage point gives the viewer the feeling that the buildings extend indefinitely, which perhaps is the spatial experience of Hong Kong’s inhabitants. Alert observers can also spot many traces of life on the facades, caused by inhabitants and users.