The Chilling Beauty of Hong Kong's High-Rise Residences

In dizzying towers of dozens of monotonous, yet colorful, stories, Hong Kong residents make their homes in apartments that average 400 square feet. For photographer Michael Wolf the stark high-rise landscape provides powerful subject matter.
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"When you first see Michael Wolf’s photography, it takes a second to realize what you’re looking at," writes Liz Stinson. "The multi-colored patterns look almost like an unidentifiable piece of technology, as though a chunk of plastic was plucked out of a motherboard and magnified."

"It’s only when you begin to notice the windows and balconies and even the occasional person punctuating his frame that you realize you’re staring at someone’s home. More specifically, you’re looking at Hong Kong’s colorful high-rises, the most prevalent form of housing in one of the most vertical cities on the planet. In his Architecture of Density project (now a book), Wolf transforms his adoptive home city’s ubiquitous architecture into stunning works of art."

Full Story: Dizzying Pics of Hong Kong’s Massive High-Rise Neighborhoods

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