Ruoyu Dai

The Hovering Village

Located on the north bank of the Merri Creek, this sloped site is embraced by the down­town urban context of Melbourne city.

With a research based on placemaking approach, a floated structural language is chosen to establish a new self-resilient community with a comprehensive circle of em­ployment, communal activities and private living.

As a social housing project, the I Hovering Village1 not only aims to provide a private living cluster but also a vibrant community which provides opportunities to solve a number of social challenges we are facing in today1s urban environment.

A whole range of social public functions as well as private living utilise the verticality of the design, and through levels, an organic form of interlinked public and private spaces is established.