The Ger Innovation Hub provides much needed community infrastructure to this impoverished population. The Hub will offer a crèche, after-school club, performance space and educational workshops for talks and vocational training. Designed as a layered structure, the inner room is surrounded by an outer layer of polycarbonate, creating a buffer space that traps radiant heat in the winter. This reduces energy consumption and serves as a model for the district to reduce coal use, which contributes to levels of air pollution in the city that are some of the worst in the world.

Construction work began when two teams of students from The University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education, joined forces with local NGOs Gerhub and Ecotown to assemble the trusses and raise the timber structure. In just two weeks the team engaged with local people to learn about their issues and hardships and were confronted with the constraints and difficulties of construction.

Date: June 2018 - Ongoing Inner Layer Area: 73m2, Total Area: 160m2