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Mind-Blowing Architectural Density in Hong Kong

With seven million people, Hong Kong is the 4th most densely populated places in the world. However, plain numbers never tell the full story. In his ‘Architecture of Density’ photo series, German photographer Michael Wolf explores the jaw-dropping urban landscapes of Hong Kong. He rids his pictures of any context, such above or the earth below, and rarely includes people, either. The images are large scale flat captions of buildings which appear to be infinite and haunting.

First prize winner in the World Press Photo competition in 2005 and 2010, Michael moved from Germany to Hong Kong back in 1994 and spent 8 years working for Stern Magazine as a contracted photographer. As he started working on his own projects since 2001, many of them proved to be successful enough to be released as books. His Architecture of Density, also available for purchase, is one out of 13 to date.

Michael’s main focus has always been life in mega cities, capturing the urban beauty of the “architecture and the vernacular culture of metropolises,” as explained in his statement. The distinctive feature of Michael’s work is said to be his ability to “find the symbolic value in those seemingly insignificant details that so often go unnoticed”.

Be sure to visit Michael’s website for more!

Website: via: twistedsifter

Architecture of Density is also available as a 128-page book on Amazon.

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  • Reesha Nursoo via Facebook

    :) awesome

  • Carolyn Baggoo via Facebook

    Wow!! I don’t think living like that can be too good for people’s mental health.

    • Crissa

      How is it any different than looking up at redwoods? Breaking the patterns with the colors across large spaces is a keen idea.

  • Boris Kostic via Facebook

    It looks like a nightmare.

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  • Uldis Sedlovs via Facebook

    beautiful diagrams

  • Sarah Jane via Facebook
  • Jan Silloway via Facebook

    These make me nervous.

  • Nichole Wehri Erickson via Facebook

    There is NO way I could live like that. Makes me dizzy just looking at it.

  • Chi Chan via Facebook

    It is good to look at but not to live.

  • sammy G

    Frightening !

  • Maja Lovrenović via Facebook

    holy skyscraper!

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  • Dan Grossman via Facebook

    I love Hong Kong. I remember staring up at scenes like this, while floating in a rooftop pool in Kowloon. Good times.

  • Simone Kobarg via Facebook

    HK is awesome! I <3 HK. Maybe not for those skyscrapers. ;-)

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  • Brenda Young via Facebook

    The future of overpopulation!

  • Alexander Schelling via Facebook

    The towers of overpopulation.

  • Kristina Marinova via Facebook

    Mind-blowing INDEED!

  • Hilde Kristin Aasarød via Facebook

    Pushwagner’s Soft City!

  • Martins Abilevs via Facebook


  • Ray Johnjacob-Jingleheimerschmidt De Neve via Facebook

    so that’s where they got the idea for “the matrix” from

  • Ikou Kaisho

    Tlaltehong Kong

  • Ikou Kaisho

    Tlaltehong Kong

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  • Nick

    Yeah that really is disturbing, especially from a particularly Western perspective where individuality has thrived. It reminds me of anthills, hornets’ nests and the likes. Its different for someone raised there, where collectivism / social, group identity rather than individuality is part of their cultural heritage. You’ll see that change remarkably in the future I expect. It does send shivers up the spine, from our perspective, though doesn’t it :/

  • Margaret Simmermacher

    this is really, dense! Not the place for me !

  • Mistry Girish

    It is astonishingly frightening to the world nearby… What compact urban planning agenda result into the Human life.

  • marina

    the funny thing is how people from the west react to this. It’s not like they chose to live like that, it’s what happens when you’re a country with that many people.

  • nick

    I’ve lived in HK all my life, the amount of people living in these small spaces is crazy, but a 20 minute bus ride can get you to the country parks where you can feel fully connected with nature and appreciate beautiful views of the city. Just go out and explore and you’ll find that Hong Kong is not bad at all. Hong Kong is one of the best places to live in the world, its convenient, the food is good and you can get from one place to another in a very short time.

  • Brian Foley

    I dont know why it is still so dense packing as Hong kong is now back inside China with all its space, I would say in the future these skyscrapers will be torn down for smaller ones.