Capturing the sterile beauty of dense Hong Kong living

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As one of the most densely populated regions in the world, Hong Kong boasts not only the number one spot on Forbes' list of escalating real estate markets, but also some of the most packed housing towers on Earth (at least one of which includes an honest-to-goodness 16.4-square-foot apartment). Captivated by these tightly crammed stacked cities, of sorts, German-born photographer Michael Wolf created tapestry-like shots of the residential buildings, cropping context to make the scope of each photo seem all the more mind-bending. In Hong Kong, architecture is "driven by function, not form and one tower block can only be distinguished from the next by the bold colour schemes of its façade," he says, which means each piece in his Architecture of Density series, published earlier this year in a book by the same name, is pattern-driven and geometric; it's so reminiscent of computer code that the human element nearly disappears altogether. More below.

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