Architecture of Density

Michael Wolf captures Hong Kong's dizzying vertical density

by Rossana Vinci
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Hong Kong has an overall density of nearly 6,700 people per square kilometer, one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the world. The majority of its citizens live in flats in high-rise buildings.


In his series Architecture of Density , German photographer Michael Wolf investigates the vibrant Hong Kong city blocks, finding mesmerizing abstractions in the buildings' facades.

The focus of the Wolf’s work is life in mega cities, infact many of his projects document the architecture and the vernacular culture of metropolises.


The photographs in the series are numbered instead of named, reflecting the anonymity of living in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, with 7.2 million people squeezed into 1104 square kilometres. 


"Viewed from a distance, the photograph could be mistaken for a supermarket barcode, but up close, the brutal reality of life in a megacity becomes apparent...this image is beautiful and harrowing at the same time.” (Michael Wolf)


a45 - ©Michael Wolf

a70 - ©Michael Wolf

a91 - ©Michael Wolf

a102 - ©Michael Wolf

a111 - ©Michael Wolf





Cover image: a39 - ©Michael Wolf